The school follows all the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. We believe that the curriculum should not only provide the children with essential life skills, but should also be the vehicle through which children are able to discover themselves and develop their potential.

The National Curriculum:

• Sets out the most important knowledge and skills that every child has a right to learn.

• Is a framework given to teachers by government, so that all school children are taught in a way that is balanced and manageable, but hard enough to challenge them.

• Gives standards that measure how well children are doing in each subject, so that teachers can plan to help them do better.

Stages, Years, National Tests and Tasks:

Foundation Stage 3-4 Nursery 4-5 Reception

Key Stage 1 5-6 Year 1 6-7 Year 2 Assessments in English and Maths (SATs)

Key Stage 2 7-8 Year 3 8-9 Year 4 9-10 Year 5 10-11 Year 6 National tests and assessments in English and Maths (SATs)


The Ofsted Inspection team awarded the school’s curriculum a Grade 1 (Outstanding) stating “Pupils enjoy an excellent curriculum enriched by topics, visits and practical events." These include, for example, residential visits to centres at Carnyorth and Delaware Outdoor Education Centre, as well as 'WOW' days which introduce each new topic. Various links with European schools through the ‘Comenius Project’ also reflect the breadth of activities, which have earned the International Schools Award and contribute immensely to the pupils’ outstanding spiritual and cultural development. Many pupils take part in the excellent range of extra-curricula opportunities, which further enhances their expressive art and individual and team sporting skills. These activities, which include football, cross country and surf club, also support the pupils’ excellent social development.”                        

Here at Blisland Primary School we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.

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. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.  We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum. 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.

How it Works?

Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:



Rolling Program










Childs War

Misty Mountain Sierra


Darwin’s Delights


Mighty Metals



Road Trip USA

Star Gazers

Tribal Tales


Blue Abyss



Traders and Raiders



Gods and Mortals



Peasants, Princes, Pestilence

Frozen Kingdom


Hola Mexico

Time Traveller

The Pharaohs

KS2 Rolling Program