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Curriculum Statement


Arnot St. Mary CE Primary is a place of discovery, where learning is an adventure and children are inspired to become lifelong learners. This statement sets out the principles underpinning the curriculum and reflects the school’s commitment to developing all aspects of our children’s learning.


Our curriculum has been developed to enable children to become:

  • Inspired learners who have enquiring minds and want to find out more
  • Independent thinkers who can think critically and solve problems
  • Collaborative learners who work together and value the contribution of others
  • Resilient individuals who don’t give up easily
  • Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to our community and the wider world

This is the philosophy of how we want to work and learn and these aims underpin all of the learning that takes place in our school.

As a whole school, we provide a creative curriculum based around the "Cornerstones” approach.


What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?



The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations.  Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.


We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.


Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.


For more information please visit Cornerstones Education.

How it Works?

Children will progress through four distinct stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.



At the "Engage" stage, children:

  • Gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school.
  • Get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme.
  • Begin researching and setting enquiry questions.
  • Get lots of opportunities to make observations.
  • Develop spoken language skills.
  • Take part in sensory activities.
  • Have lots of fun to fully 'engage' with their new topic.



At the "Develop" stage, children:

  • Improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic.
  • Develop and practice their new skills.
  • Compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum.
  • Research their own questions and those set by others.
  • Follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests.
  • Complete homework activities that support their learning.



At the "Innovate" stage, children:

  • apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts.
  • solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt.
  • get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities.
  •  revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.



At the "Express" stage, children:

  • become the performers, experts and informers.
  • share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community.
  • evaluate finished products and processes.
  • link what they have learnt to where they started.
  • celebrate their achievements

Yearly curriculum maps by year group


The following links provide an overview of learning within each subject by year group.


Phonics, Reading and Spelling at Arnot St. Mary

Find out about our approach to the teaching of phonics, reading and spelling at Arnot St. Mary by following the link below.


Basic Skills

Opportunities for children to practise their basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics are provided across all areas of the curriculum to enable them to become confident, independent learners who can use and apply their skills in a range of different contexts.  The following links provide information about the basic standard every child should reach by the end of each academic year.





Maths Calculation Policy - Parents' Version

Follow the link to find out how mental and written calculation is taught in Years 1 to 6.


Promoting British Values at Arnot St. Mary

Follow the link to find out how fundamental British Values are promoted through all aspects of the curriculum at our school.


National Curriculum Programmes of Study

In September 2014, the new Primary National Curriculum was introduced.  This framework sets out the minimum entitlement all children in England should receive during their primary years.


   Follow the link to see the new programmes of study in more detail.