Curriculum Overview

The Curriculum – Key Stages 1 and 2

Here at Kenton Bar Primary School, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.

Our curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning, develop continuity and progression in skills and knowledge and provide first hand engaging learning experiences.

What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?

The Cornerstones Curriculum 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.

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.

We are currently reviewing our curriculum and will be updating the pages for each individual curriculum area in due course.


Children in Key Stage 1 & 2 are taught daily English lessons. English is taught in blocks allowing children to get an in-depth understanding of each genre. Texts used in English are cross curricular and closely link to the work children are doing in their topic.   


Daily mathematics lessons for children in Key Stage 1 and 2 follow a mastery approach. There are also opportunities for cross-curricular mathematics within our topics.


Science is taught throughout Key Stage 1 & 2 using objectives from the National Curriculum (2014). Where possible, science is taught in conjunction with our topic focus.

Foundation Subjects

Art & Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Modern Foreign Language (French in Years 3 to 6 only), Geography, History, Music and PE.       

Religious Education (R.E.)

At Kenton Bar Primary School we follow the Newcastle SACRE agreed syllabus for R.E.

Personal, Social, Health Education (P.S.H.E)

PSHE education is an important part of the curriculum at Kenton Bar.   It supports the physical and emotional development and well-being of all our pupils.  We believe that PSHE education is the foundation of a child’s education and learning.