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The current  programmes of study for the National Curriculum came into effect from September 2014 and covers all of the subjects taught in Key Stages 1 and 2.

At Longlands Primary School, we passionately believe that our children have the right to a broad and balanced curriculum. All of the teaching and learning that takes place within school is underpinned by an engaging and inspirational curriculum, designed to foster curiosity and a passion for learning with the aim that children may develop into life-long learners.


Since the changes to the curriculum were introduced, we have adopted a curriculum planning tool called Cornerstones which our staff use to support their planning for both the Core and Foundation subjects. In the documents below you will be able to read more about this exciting and innovative approach to curriculum planning and design at our school. Although we use many of the ideas and approaches advocated in the Cornerstones curriculum overviews we do not always follow the suggested planning for English; instead our staff team choose a range of texts each year which closely link to the topics and genres of writing suggested in the Cornerstones documentation.

Cornerstones topics for 2018/19


Please find below details about which specific topics each phase will be covering across each half term of the 2018/19 academic year:



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


  • Ourselves

(2 weeks)


  • Do you want to be friends?

(2 Weeks)


  • Why do squirrels hide their nuts?

(3 weeks)

  • What happens when I fall asleep? & Fireworks/Diwali (2 weeks)


  • Space

       (3 weeks)


  • What’s that sound?

(1 week)


  • Christmas

(2 weeks)

  • Are we there yet?

(2 weeks)


  • Seasons

(1 week)


  • Where does snow go?

(3 weeks)


  • Which was the biggest dinosaur?

(2 weeks)


  • Why do ladybirds have spots?

(3 weeks)


  • Why do spiders eat flies?

(1 week)


  • Why don’t snakes have legs?

(2 weeks)


  • Do cows drink milk?

(2 weeks)


  • Why are carrots orange?

(2 weeks)


  • Traditional tales/ Fairies

(4 weeks)


  • Who lives in a rock pool?

(1 week)


  • Transition

(2 weeks)

Key Stage 1

(Years 1 and 2)

Bright Lights, Big City

Dinosaur Planet

Muck, Mess and Mixtures

Moon Zoom

Land Ahoy!

Enchanted Woodland

Lower Key Stage 2

(Years 3 and 4)


Tribal Tales

Burps, Bottoms and Bile

I am Warrior


Blue Abyss


Upper Key Stage 2

(Years 5 and 6)


Off with her head

Ola Mexico!



Scream Machine

For more information regarding what your child learns at school each day and to find out more information about our curriculum subjects, please take the time to have a look at the two documents directly below. The first provides a broad overview of the aims for the Cornerstones curriculum, whilst the second is the school's curriculum policy. This provides additional details regarding how Cornerstones is layered into the wider curriculum.