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Northborough Primary School


Our Curriculum


Here at Northborough 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.

In Key Stage 2 children will experience activities planned over a two year cycle, These activities will be a mix from each year's learning projects, but adapted to match the essential skills for each particular year group.

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:


To assess progress and attainment of knowledge and skills, we use a  system called Target Tracker which measures children’s progress in ‘steps’. There are 6 steps to work through in a year. For example, if your child is in Year 3 they may be assessed at the start of the year as a 2w targeted at the end of the year as a 3w. The 3 refers to Year 3 and the w relates to "working within". Children who are secure are working at their age range would be graded as (S) secure.

Steps documentation is broken into ‘Bands’ and, further, into subject areas. Bands broadly represent School Years, e.g. Band 1 statements are associated with Year 1; Band 2 statements are associated with Year 2, etc. However, a distinction is made between Bands and Years as Bands may have a broader spectrum where some pupils may be working above or below their School Year progression.

Steps within the documentation can be used to show progress and attainment within each band and enables teachers to monitor a pupil’s overall attainment. These steps are defined as:

B   = Beginning

W  = Working within

S   = Secure   - Working at age related expectations

S+ = Secure plus   - Mastering

(Mastering - is termed as a child who has a deep understanding of the band they are working within, demonstrating fluency, reasoning, understanding and able to apply their knowledge in a range of contexts.)

The information below also can help you see what your child has been or will be studying as the year progresses.

If you are still unsure, please contact either Mr Mallott or Mrs Jackson who will only be too happy to help further.