Curriculum Plan 2017-18 – Download here: Cornerstones Curriculum Plan 2017-2018 (Science investigations in red)
|Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer 1||Summer 2|
|Nursery||Why do you love me so much?
What is special about me? How do we show that we care? Explore these questions and more in this project about love, families and how people are the same and different.
How does that building stay up?
How does that building stay up? How many windows does it have? Explore these questions and more in this project about buildings, structures, properties of materials, houses and homes.
|Why do leaves go crispy?
Why do leaves go crispy? What’s inside a conker? Explore these questions and more in this project about the season of autumn.
|Are eggs alive?
Are eggs alive? What are buds? Explore these questions and more in this project about the things that happen in the world around us in the season of spring.
|Can we explore it?
Can we explore it? Can you find me? Explore these questions and more in this project that captures children’s natural curiosity about the world around them, from the smallest holes and hiding spaces to great adventures in far away places.
|How high can I jump?
How high can I jump? How fast can I run? Explore these questions and more in this project about sport, movement and physical challenge.
|How many pebbles on the beach?
How many pebbles on the beach? Which creatures live by the sea? Explore these questions and more in this project about the seashore.
|Reception||Do you want to be my friends?
Do you want to be friends? Would you like to play with me? Explore these questions and more in this project about friendship, being kind and working together.
Why do squirrels hide their nuts?
Why do squirrels hide their nuts? Why do hedgehogs hibernate? Explore these questions and more in this project about the seasonal change in the natural world during late autumn and winter.
What keeps us healthy?
|What happens when I fall asleep?
Why are there stars in the sky at night? Does everyone go to bed at the same time as me? Explore these questions and more in this project about night time.
|Will you read me a story?
Was the Big Bad Wolf really so bad? How many bowls of porridge did Goldilocks eat? Explore these questions and more in this magical project all about fairy tales, goodies and baddies!
|Why are carrots orange?
What do we like to eat? Are we happy to try something new? Explore these questions and more in this project about eating well, staying healthy and trying something new.
|Why do zebras have stripes?
Why do zebras have stripes? Where do lions live? Explore these questions and more in this project about Africa and the wild animals that live there.
|Who lives in a rock pool?
Which creature live on the seashore? Why do crabs have shells? Explore these questions and more in this project about the seashore and the plants and animals that live there.
|Year 1||Memory Box
Can you remember being small? Being a baby and learning to crawl? Do you recall a favourite toy, maybe a teddy bear or a best-loved book?
About our body
How to eat healthily
Stomp, crash, RRRAGH! Watch out everyone – the dinosaurs are on the prowl!
|Bright lights, big city
What do you know about England’s capital city? Let’s find out all about London, including its history, transport and famous landmarks.
|Year 2||Towers, Tunnels & Turrets
See the castle ahead? Get ready to invade its mighty walls! Shoot a projectile with an archer’s aim! Head across the drawbridge, over the moat and up to the top of the tower…
Can you make a paper bridge?
This way or that way? Where should we go? Up to the local shops or down to the playing fields? Let’s learn about our local community, looking at houses old and new and finding out how our streets have changed since our mums and dads were young. Perhaps your granny or grandpa went to your school or maybe they worked in the baker’s shop?
|Wriggle & Crawl
Grab your coat and pooter – we’re going out and about on a minibeast hunt!
Tuck in and enjoy a yummy journey of discovery, tasting fantastic fruits, venerable vegetables and tantalizing treats!
How can food be altered?
Is it safe to eat?
Is my lunch healthy?
It’s time to take a walk on the wild side! Find out who’s coming to visit… is it a bug-munching lizard or an eagle-eyed bird of prey? Whatever it is, do you think you can handle it?
Explore the scientific world of forces and magnetism, metals and materials… Expand your mind as you test and trial, build and move.
|Gods & Mortals
Discover a fantastical world full of mythical creatures and legendary heroes. Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis and Zeus reign almighty from Mount Olympus, watching mere mortals on dusty Athenian streets.
Hop on the bus and take a trip downtown, where the lights are bright and every street has a story to tell.
Pull on your wellies and wade right in… How deep does it go and how fast does it travel? What soil types can you find by the riverside? Which animals make their homes there? Let’s get down to the river bank and find out!
|Year 4||I am a warrior
Discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Boudicca and Julius Caesar, and find out what the Romans did for us.
Did the Romans use toilet roll?
Potion: a poison, a mixture, an aromatic brew, a vapour, a liquid or sticky goo.
Misty Mountain Sierra
Mighty mountains peak above the morning mists, imposing and eternal, rocky outcrops at their feet.
|Burps, Bottoms, Bile
Open wide – let’s take a look inside! We’re on a voyage of discovery to investigate the busy world inside your body!
Traders and Raiders
Big and strong, powerful and brave, the Saxons wave their battle-axes and brandish their swords as they begin to invade Britain’s shores.
Grab your wetsuit! We’re going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures.
Let’s travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt. Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.
Can you clean dirty water?
Will it erupt?
Do all solids dissolve?
Roll up, roll up! You’re going on a day trip to a theme park to soak up the unique sights, smells and sounds of the fair.
Journey through space, the final frontier… Navigate beyond the Sun, the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our solar system!
|Off with her head
Travel back in time to the 1500s and meet the terrifying Tudors, a domineering dynasty that changed our history.
Arachnids, invertebrates, molluscs and myriapods, hiding in nooks and beneath darkened rocks… Come search for these minibeasts, and let’s sort them out!
Let’s grow! A crispy carrot, a luscious lettuce or a tasty tomato. Dig deep and put your back into it, making your own tubs and planters and nurturing your greens.
Children will learn about life in a Victorian classroom and the inventors of the Victorian Age.
Can citrus fruit power a circuit?
Which materials are best to use as a conductor?
How can we measure the brightness of a bulb?
Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands… vast wilds, hostile territories, incredibly beautiful yet often deadly. Take shelter from the elements or fall prey to icy winds and deepest chill. Trek bravely and valiantly across treacherous terrain to the ends of the Earth, treading deep in snow or pulled by a team of mighty sled dogs.
|A Child’s War
A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a Spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover! It’s 1939 and Britain is at war. Deep down in the Anderson shelter, learn why nations are fighting and why child evacuees must make the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territory.
Ship ahoy! We’re off on an exciting expedition with Charles Darwin and his crew on HMS Beagle. Can you trace his route across the vast ocean?
Colours collide, melting together on the canvas: an impression of light, a rage of red, a lobster perched on a telephone… Come and find out about the bizarre and eccentric minds of the gallery rebels!
Discover the movers and shakers in the world of technology – the people who’ve shaped the modern world. Perhaps you might be a visionary for the next generation?
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