At Horton Kirby Church of England Primary School we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is relevant and inspiring.  The design of our curriculum and the impact it has on our learners is a key tool in driving school improvement and raising standards. Our curriculum also provides opportunities for our pupils to develop their talents and to celebrate their achievements.  

We recognise the need to regularly review our curriculum to ensure it not only meets the legal requirements set out in the national curriculum but that, crucially, it is responsive to the needs and interests of all our current learners; preparing them for the opportunities and challenges of life in the 21st century.

We aim to provide a curriculum that fosters a love of learning and allows our pupils to become articulate, sensitive, caring global citizens with the skills to pursue any ambition they may have.  Our curriculum aims to prepare our children to be confident, adaptable users of technology and to embrace the requirements of an ever changing future.

At our school we learn together that there are different pathways to success and develop resilience by overcoming barriers. We understand that ‘making a mistake’ means learning is taking place and is just part of the learning journey to success. A love of learning is the greatest gift a school can bestow and should help all its pupils become the very best that they can be; developing a thirst for knowledge and building learning habits of mind that will last them a lifetime.


All topics that will be taught this year have been carefully planned and centred around the 3 I’s:
* Intent
* Implementation 
* Impact

Topics will focus on ensuring that a rich and varied curriculum will be taught (INTENT) and the whole hearted engagement of pupils will be encouraged (IMPLEMENTATION).  Through these fun, diverse learning opportunities, children will develop detailed knowledge and skills across the curriculum (IMPACT) helping aid them in their future learning.​


What is Cornerstones?

As a school we have adopted, and been working with the Cornerstones Curriculum for the past several years now.  The approach to teaching and learning through Cornerstones is topic based and allows for learning across the entire breadth of the curriculum.  We use the topics to inspire your children to want to learn, develop empathy and enjoy their learning and time in school.  If we can make learning fun it is far easier to learn – an engaged and motivated child is more likely to reach their potential.

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to ensure comprehensive coverage of the new Primary National Curriculum introduced in 2014. Our curriculum is being 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 our children’s learning. These ILPs are used in creating our medium term plans which are sent to parents at the start of every topic.

This approach allows us to provide memorable experiences for the children in order to develop their learning, apply their skills and showcase their work.  We do not, however, solely rely upon Cornerstones; professional judgement, subject coverage and skills checks informs and allows teachers to adapt and utilise the curriculum, ensuring children are taught the full range of appropriate skills for their age group.  Discreet lessons can be taught to ensure that all areas of the curriculum are thoroughly covered.

Our curriculum provides a wide range of learning challenges requiring children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the whole curriculum.

Children progress through four stages of learning in each Imaginative Learning Project:

Engage          Develop        Innovate       Express


If you require any further information about our curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact the school office who will put you in contact with the relevant subject leader.