Key Stages 1 and 2

At Ormiston Meadows Academy in KS1 and KS2, we follow the Cornerstones Curriculum which is based on inspirational learning activities which take place in a classroom environment that allows children to learn in a way that motivates and interests them.

Cornerstones provides our children with a good level of challenge, giving them opportunities to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding across the curriculum.

Every year group will experience six imaginative learning projects in a year. Each individual project is split into sections, which see children progress through four stages of learning: Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.

At the ‘Engage’ stage, children:

  • Gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school.
  • Enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences.
  • Get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme.
  • Researching and setting enquiry questions.
  • Get lots of opportunities to make observations.
  • Develop spoken language skills.
  • Take part in sensory activities.
  • Have lots of fun to fully ‘engage’ with their new topic.

At the ‘Develop’ stage, children:

  • Improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic.
  • Develop and practise their new skills.
  • Compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum.
  • Research their own questions and those set by others.
  • Follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests
  • Complete homework activities that support their learning.

At the ‘Innovate’ stage, children:

  • Apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts.
  • Solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt.
  • Get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities.
  • Revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.

At the ‘Express’ stage, children:

  • Become the performers, experts and informers.
  • Share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community.
  • Evaluate finished products and processes.
  • Link what they have learnt to where they started.
  • Celebrate their achievements!

Love to Celebrate

At Ormiston Meadows Academy our pupil’s learn about the six major religions celebrated in Great Britain. We celebrate the diversity and enjoy welcoming guest speakers to share their experiences as part of our whole school assemblies.

Let's Investigate

At Ormiston Meadows Academy as well as teaching stand alone Science lessons each week it is also an ongoing theme throughout the Cornerstones curriculum. Our pupils enjoy learning through a range of comprehensive science investigations, in line with the national curriculum, written and tested by Dr Fran Barnes. The experiments are designed to develop and improve children’s investigative skills and reinforce key subject knowledge.

If you would like to find out more about the Cornerstones Curriculum, please visit their website at

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