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Our Curriculum, Phonics and Spellings

Here at Woodmansterne we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.

What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?

 The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations.

Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will 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 will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

Cornerstones also provide 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.
Woodmansterne Primary School Curriculum Coverage Map 2018-19

Woodmansterne Primary School Religious Education Curriculum 2018-19

For further information on the Cornerstones Curriculum, please visit: 

Cornerstones website


Cornerstones Philosophy


Cornerstones Curriculum


Reading Scheme

The main scheme used is the Oxford Reading Tree which correlates with the Read, Write Inc programme and is organised into coloured bands. 

Maths Tutorials

We have created a number of Maths tutorial videos, they are available to watch here.

Phonics and Spellings

Phonics and Spellings

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (Key Stage 1)

At Woodmansterne Primary School, we use a synthetic phonics programme called ‘Read Write Inc.’ to support the Key Stage 1 children’s reading, writing and spelling skills.

Read Write Inc. is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics, blending the sounds together to read and write words. Read Write Inc. starts with a simple code so children can achieve early success in their reading and writing. The programme is designed to stimulate and challenge children’s thinking and create enthusiastic, life-long readers and writers. Children work with a teacher, or a teaching assistant, in small groups for four Read Write Inc. sessions each week.  During each lesson, the teacher will focus on some key sounds, using them to explore spelling patterns and develop the children’s spelling skills.  

Mr Hughes' presentation from the Phonics Workshop November 2017 can be found here.  

Spelling Homework for Years 1-6 for each half term can be found on the relevant Year Group page.

A glossary of terms used in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar in Primary Schools can be found here.

Ladybird words for Reception pupils can be found here.