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Curriculum outline



Nursery and Reception children work on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is statutory. This provides a secure foundation for all children to make good progress throughout their school life. At the end of Reception each child has an Early Years Foundation Stage profile completed by their teacher which provides an accurate assessment of individual children at the end of the Early Year Foundation Stage. The profile describes each child's attainment against the 17 early learning goals.

Synthetic phonics is taught using the ReadWriteInc programme.

Children in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) work on the National Curriculum which is statutory. This curriculum was revised in September 2014. Throughout Key Stage 1 and 2 children's progress and attainment is monitored through assessments but at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6) the children's levels of attainment are reported as part of the statutory assessments that the children sit in these year groups.

For further information please follow the link National Curriculum

Throughout the school, the teaching that the children receive and work that they are set takes account of their age, abilities and needs, and support is provided accordingly.

Here at Devonshire 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.


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.

Devonshire uses the Cornerstones Curriculum which is a fun and exciting approach to the new curriculum.  It is a creative and thematic approach to the curriculum where creative links are made between subjects. It is a curriculum that is designed to inspire children to learn.

Each half term, all classes will work on an imaginative learning project and within each learning project children will work on a variety of subjects, learning new skills and through activities have the opportunity to consolidate and develop their understanding of what they have or are learning.

Each project is based on the 4 Cornerstones of Teaching and Learning with each project having 4 stages to it. The 4 stages are engage, develop, innovate and express.

Each stage has its own characteristics promoting high quality teaching, built upon children?s natural learning schema. Moving through the stages provides opportunities for children to learn at a deeper than they might otherwise.


A stage of learning that provides children with an inspiring and thought provoking starting point that stirs curiosity and initiates interest in a particular theme or concept linked to the project.


A stage of learning that provides children with an opportunity to develop and master key skills, subject knowledge, research techniques and independence. Children become industrious learners making sense of information and experiences, leading to sound understanding and progress. Children develop their knowledge, understanding, key and subject skills required to progress their learning and attainment through quality differentiation, focused learning tasks and high quality relevant learning experiences.


A stage of learning that challenges children's ability to work creatively, exploring possibilities and finding solutions. Using and applying previously learned skills, knowledge and understanding children work collaboratively to innovate, managing their own learning to achieve given success criteria. Teachers provide an imaginative and relevant provocation or scenario that provides opportunities to observe how successfully children can use, apply and problem solve in creative and imaginative ways.


A stage of learning that empowers children to share, celebrate and reflect with a range of partners and audiences. Children cement their learning through shared reflection with peers and other adults and are able to suggest next steps of learning. Teachers discuss, review and support individual and group evaluations using their observations and evidence to make summative assessments.