Our Curriculum:



The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that allows children's natural creativity and curiosity to flourish, alongside the purposeful acquisition of skills and knowledge. We believe that an education that does all of this gives children the best chance to become well-rounded, happy individuals, ready to succeed in an ever-changing world. Each class completes 6 themes throughout the year (known as ILP’s) that follw 4 stages of learning – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. During the Innovate and Express stages, the students plan and deliver an activity or presentation to the parents to show off everything that they’ve learned! Check the ‘important dates’ page to check when your child’s event is.



We aim to provide children with mathematical experiences which stimulate the children’s enthusiasm and develop their fluency, ability to reason mathematically and their ability to solve problems. Throughout Bierton campus, all the children use the teaching resource Numicon. The Numicon approach is multi-sensory, using apparatus and focusing on Action, Imagery and Conversation. The program of activities with Numicon shapes and rods helps students understand number relationships, spot patterns and make generalisations. When Numicon patterns are arranged in order, pupils begin to notice important connections between numbers, for instance that each number is one more than the last and one fewer than the next, odd and even numbers and place value. Numicon illustrates number bonds, addition and subtraction, place value, doubling and halving, estimation, division and multiplication. The Numicon Shapes and rods help teachers and students to communicate their ideas. Students are encouraged to work together on activities, which emphasise applying understanding to solve problems. The Numicon teaching approach helps pupils communicate their mathematical thinking to teachers. This in turn helps teachers ‘see’ a students’ understanding. By watching and listening to what students do and say, the Numicon approach provides learners with the opportunity to play to their strengths, thereby releasing their potential to enjoy, understand and achieve in mathematics.

Click here to see a short video about Numicon




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At CWA, we are proud to teach Jigsaw PSHE. Jigsaw is a mindful and child-centred approach to PSHE. It is an original and comprehensive scheme of learning which integrates personal, social, health and economic education with emphasis on emotional literacy, mental health and SMSC, especially spiritual development.

Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. (PDF leaflets to be linked)

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Phonics & Spelling:

Upon entry to the school, all children are baselined to assess if they should be accessing phonics, spelling or an alternative programme to learn spellings and reading.  If students are assessed to be working within phase 1-6 phonics, they will be taught phonics each day for 15 minutes.  Staff use phonicsplay planning and resources to deliver these sessions, and students are assessed after each phase to see if they can move to the next phase up.  If students are assessed beyond phase 6 phonics, they are taught a spelling programme from spellingshed.co.uk for 15 minutes each day.  Parents can support phonics and spelling at home by reading with their child and helping them practice their spellings before their weekly test. 


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We enhance our teaching of Fundamental British Values through YoiMoji. The word YoiMoji is a ‘portmanteau’ that combines the Japanese word ‘Yoi’ (which means ‘good’) and ‘Emoji’ (which is Japanese slang for ‘character’). YoiMoji = Good Character! There are 12 core values, including creativity, resilience and honesty. Each class use their democracy skills to decide on a core value to focus on, and focus on this for as long as the class think is necessary. During this time, they learn what skills embody this value and then practice them whenever they can. It is our aim that at the end of Year 6 students are ready to leave the primary phase with these values underpinning everything they do


Diversity Months:

We are very passionate about students learning to accept different cultures and beliefs and understand the differences between people. To help students learn this we have ‘Diversity Months’ where throughout the year we have a different focus each month that enriches students’ knowledge of the wider community that they will eventually be a contributing member of.



Curriculum Map

Primary Maths

Reading Review - Feb 2020