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Our Curriculum

Leaders and staff work together to ensure that the wider curriculum is broad and interesting for pupils. The school motto ‘to love learning’ underpins and guides curriculum planning. Leaders design opportunities for pupils to learn in interesting ways. (Ofsted, 2021)

KCSP Statement of Curriculum Intent


I have come so that they have life and have it to the full.

John 10:10


Inspired by Jesus'Christ's example and the Gospel Values of love, joy and compassion, we nurture and develop the whole child so that each unique individual grows constantly in confidence, and has the knowledge, skills and self-esteem to achieve their true potential.

All children will access a rich, ambitious, challenging curriculum; one that is broad balanced and relevant, fostering curiosity, creativity and a life-long love of learning.  It will prepare them well for each stage of education, employment or training and enable them, as educated citizens, to contribute to creating a better world.


The curriculum includes all the planned activities that promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes the requirements of the National Curriculum, but extends more broadly to include the ‘hidden curriculum’, or what children learn from the culture and ethos of our school – the way they are treated and expected to behave. We provide opportunities for children to voice their ideas and explore their own interests through taking responsibilities, involvement in wider aspect of school life as well as in making decisions about their learning in the classroom.


St Joseph's has some mixed age classes and some individual year groups. As our school continues to expand, we must ensure that we are adapting and changing to meet the needs of our children. The curriculum is taught for all Years 1-6. To avoid repetition and ensure progression in key skills the curriculum is taught in a 2 year cycle depending on year groups. We follow our themes and the learning process from Cornerstones and its 10 BIG Ideas, but we tailor this resource to our school so that the learning takes account of our context, locality and children’s interests.


What is the Cornerstones?


Cornerstones is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 primary national curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. It is based on a  child-centred pedagogy called The Four Cornerstones and is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of children’s learning.


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



  • Hook learners in with a memorable experience.
  • Set the scene and provide the context for learning.
  • Ask questions to find out children's interests.
  • Spark children's curiosity using interesting starting points.



  • Teach facts and information for deeper understanding and knowledge.
  • Demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation.
  • Provide creative opportunities for making and doing.
  • Deliver reading, writing and talking across the curriculum.



  • Provide imaginative scenarios that encourage creative thinking.
  • Enable children to apply previously learned skills.
  • Encourage enterprise and independent thinking.
  • Provide opportunities for collaborative working and problem solving.



  • Provide environments for reflective talk.
  • Create opportunities for shared evaluation.
  • Celebrate and share children's success.
  • Identify next steps for learning.



Our curriculum is supported by Cornerstones which is led by Big Ideas covering all aspects of learning. We believe that children deserve a balanced curriculum that enables them to develop a deep understanding of all subjects and the interconnections between them. The rationale for the Cornerstones Curriculum takes the form of 10 big ideas that provide a purpose for the aspects, skills, knowledge and contexts chosen to form the substance of the curriculum. These big ideas form a series of multi-dimensional interconnected threads across the curriculum, allowing children to encounter and revisit their learning through a variety of subject lenses. Over time, these encounters help children to build conceptual frameworks that will enable a better understanding of increasingly sophisticated information and ideas.


· Humankind- Understanding what it means to be human and how human behaviour has shaped the world


· Nature- Understanding the complexities of the plant and animal species that inhabit the world


· Processes- Understanding the many dynamic and physical processes that shape the world


·  Place- Understanding the visual, cultural, social, and environmental aspects of places around the world


·  Creativity- Understanding the creative process and how every day and exceptional creativity can shape the world


·  Comparison- Understanding how and why things are the same or different


· Investigation- Understanding the importance of investigation and how this has led to significant change in the world


·  Significance- Understanding why significant people, places, events and inventions matter and how they have shaped the world


· Materials- Understanding the properties of all matter, living and non-living


·  Change-Understanding why and how things have changed over time


For example, One ‘big idea’ is ‘Humankind’. See below how this big idea is woven throughout subjects and also revisited and developed upon in different year groups.

Inclusion and diversity  


At our school, we believe that the curriculum should positively promote the inclusion of all children and their families and develop respect and tolerance for their own and other cultures.


Throughout the teaching of our curriculum, children are encouraged to talk and work in mixed ability groups as this enables all children to participate in lessons and promotes the inclusion of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and children who come from a family where English is an additional or second language (EAL / ESL). Those children who are most able are challenged and supported through appropriate extension activities. This may take the form of further independent embedding of skills or application of skills and knowledge in other subject areas. Where the content of lessons would prove to be too difficult for some children within the setting, teachers differentiate their tasks in order to make learning accessible for all children.

EYFS Curriculum 


Cornerstones is perfect for developing the EYFS characteristics of effective learning: Playing and Exploring, Active Learning, Creating and Thinking Critically. The Cornerstones EYFS Curriculum is carefully designed to enable children to practise and master the necessary skills needed to achieve the Early Learning Goals. Each activity that is planned is matched to the EYFS ‘Typical Behaviours’ and the corresponding Early Learning Goals and skills.


For more information please use our EYFS tab.