Cornerstones Curriculum Framework

We use Cornerstones as a framework to support the planning and resourcing of our curriculum. We believe that children deserve a balanced curriculum that enables them to develop a deep understanding of each subject and the inter-connections between them. We deliver many of the subjects in our wider curriculum (such as Geography, History, Science, DT and Art) through themed Learning Journeys. Each half term, the children complete a different Learning Journey which has a predominant subject focus but also draws in the other subjects too. The Cornerstones approach uses a clear pedagogy that is built on academic research and years of practical teaching experience. It has four key elements to it:

Engage Stage

  • This is to ‘hook’ learners in with a memorable experience.
  • Sets the scene and provide the context for learning.
  • Asks questions to find out children’s interests.


  • This is the section focused on teaching facts and information for deeper understanding and knowledge.
  • Demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation.
  • Provide creative opportunities for making and doing.


  • This area provides imaginative scenarios that encourage creative thinking.
  • Enables children to apply previously learned skills.
  • Encourages enterprise and independent thinking.


  • Opportunities for reflective talk and shared evaluation.
  • Celebrates and share children’s success.
  • Identifies next steps for learning.

Important message

School Information

Dear Parents & Carers,

We hope you are well and safe. Following the latest Government announcement, all schools will be reverting to home learning for the majority of children. We know this presents its own issues and we will continue to provide information to support parents and children during this time. Daily remote learning is available via Microsoft Teams, login details have been sent home previously.

More information regarding the latest national lockdown can be found at

More information on the Lockdown rules can be found at

Guidance on making a childcare bubble with another household at:

Home learning will be provided for as long as National Lockdown is in operation from January 6th to at least half term.

For technical questions linked to accessing remote learning please email:

For questions about the remote learning provision please contact teachers directly using the year group email addresses:

For any other issues please contact the admin team:

Again, we thank you for your support in this.

Notice – If a child is at home with a fever or any other symptom of Covid-19 then the family must remain at home to isolate. This includes the unwell child’s siblings. It is then recommended that everyone in your household is tested. 

Guidance on accessing testing and financial assistance can be found at:

Thank you for your on-going support

The EJS Team