Curriculum Overview

Here at Liskeard Hillfort Primary School we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum – further details are below.

If you would like to find out more about our curriculum, please call us on 01579 343 443 or email

What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?


We have been working hard to refresh our school approach and provision for pupils. As part of this work we have implemented the new Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum is 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.

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

Cornerstones also provides 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.

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 the link to the Cornerstones website.


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
  • Begin researching and setting enquiry questions
  • Have 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 practice 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 have learnt
  • Get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities


At the “Express” stage, children:

  • Become 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

Our Early Years Curriculum

Our curriculum in Early Years is very much built around the children’s interests. We build our learning around our observations of the children in their play and information given to us by our parents about the things their children are interested in at home or places they have been to and things that they have done. The children help us to plan for their own learning and no year is ever quite the same! Click here to view what we’re learning this term. The video below is of some of our children practising their sounds – you may wish to practise these sounds at home with your children.

KS1 & KS2 Imaginative Learning Projects / Curriculum Themes





Imaginative Learning Projects

Summer half term 1 themes across Hillfort

EYFS – Growing

Year 1 – The Enchanted Woodland

Year 2 – Street Detective and Scented Garden

Year 3 – Hunt or be hunted!

Year 4 – Predators

Year 5 – Scream Machine

Year 6 – Crime and Grime in Victorian England

Our Broad and Balanced Curriculum

We believe passionately in offering children a broad and balanced curriculum here at Liskeard Hillfort.  We believe that children love schools where their imagination, within structure, can roam free.  We believe that children are exhilarated and inspired when given the chance to perform.  Consequently, we place great emphasis on provision in the Arts – music, theatre, dancing and art! Click here to find out more about our provision of ‘The Arts’.

Adventure Learning

We emphasise adventurous, adventurous learning here at schools These documents highlight the topics and skills that children will learn over their time at Liskeard Hillfort.

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Projected 2017 – 2018 >

Project 2018 – 2019 >

Gold partnerships with The Plymouth Centre for Faith and Cultural Diversity

We passionately believe in offering children a broad and well balanced education.  Therefore, we are ‘Gold’ partners with The Plymouth Centre for Faith and Cultural Diversity.  For more information, please click on the here.

Amazing Opening, Fantastic Finishes and Residential Experiences


We want our children to remember what they have learnt! We believe that the best way to do this is to engage children through ‘hooking’ them in with memorable moments.

So, when the children come back from the holiday, they can be assured that something exciting is about to happen…

Amazing Openings:

We love to captivate children in awe and wonder. This year, we have started our topics with Year 4 participating in live falconry, Year 6 welcoming a gorgeous stallion in preparation for reading ‘War Horse’ whilst Reception children have played detective as the whole classroom became a crime scene!

Every time we start a new unit, we do so with passion and excitement.

Fantastic Finishes:

Naturally, if we have started in an exciting way, we have to finish off on a bang! Many of our topics finish on education visits such as our Year 2 trip to the Plymouth Aquarium and our Year 3 trip to Looe as part of an environmental project. Elsewhere, our Dancers have performed at The Hall for Cornwall, our Year 1s have played Tigger at ‘Bounce’ at Bodmin and our Reception children have explored the local building site! Our teachers take great effort to plan moments that children will remember in fifty years!

Residential Experiences:

As an integral element of our provision in an adventurous academy, we run a series of residential experiences. These progress through the years in challenge to keep children inspired. Over 2016-17 our trips are:

Year 1                      Overnight at the school

Year 2                      2 night stay at Camp Kernow

Year 3                      2 night stay at The Eden Project

Year 4                      2 night stay at The Eden Project (more challenging activities!)

Year 5                      4 night stay at Camp Kernow

Year 6                      2 night stay at Delaware Outdoor Pursuits and 2 night stay visiting London    (Parliament, Brick Lane and The Natural History Museum)

For 2017-18 we have some more exciting destinations in mind. Anyone for an overnight experience camping at the Aquarium?

Combined together, we believe that there are incredible and memorable moments here that won’t ever be forgotten!