Foundation Stage Curriculum

In Foundation classes we use Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage.  We as staff use this to develop positive relationships with each unique child and provide stimulating environments in order to help them learn and develop in their own way. We focus on the characteristics of how children learn and cover the Prime areas of development; Personal, Social and Emotional development, Physical development and Communication and Language. We also teach the specific areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. We do all this through exciting child based topics.

Here at Christchurch Infant School we provide a broad and balanced curriculum in Key Stage 1 based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.

Key Stage 1 Curriculum: Cornerstones Creative 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.

For more information on the curriculum please speak to your child’s teacher.

Our topics for Year 1 & 2 for 2018/19

For more information about our topics please click on the titles below.

Paws, Claws and whiskers


Moon Zoom

Bright lights, big city

Dinosaur Planet

Enchanted Woodland