The New National Curriculum 2014 applies to pupils of compulsory school age in maintained schools. At St Theresa’s we cover the following stages:

Early Years and Foundation stage: Ages 3-5 (Nursery and Reception)

Key Stage 1: Ages 5-7 (Years 1-2)
Key Stage 2: Ages 7-11 (Years 3-6)

For each subject and for each key stage, programmes of study set out what pupils should be taught, and attainment targets set out the expected standards of pupils’ performance.

At St. Theresa’s, as a general rule, literacy and numeracy lessons are taught in the morning and take place on a daily basis. Furthermore children read or take part in lessons in which reading skills are taught every day. Examples of this include guided reading, group reading, reading 1:1 with an adult, peer reading, and most importantly phonics. The afternoon sessions are allocated to the variety of other subjects set out in the national curriculum. 

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.

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 on the link through to Cornerstones website: Why Cornerstones?

Art and Design
Modern Foreign Languages

In Key Stage 1, we use the DFE publication ‘Letters and Sounds’ to teach phonics. Reading books are carefully graded by reading levels using national guidance known as book bands. Books are selected from a variety of different reading schemes with confidence, knowing that they are the right level for your child. Some of the schemes we use at St. Theresa’s are: Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cat, Bug Club and Project Code X.

Our faith is integral to everything we do and Catholicism is incorporated into all aspects of our school life. Nevertheless, we also teach two and a half hours of religious education each week which includes looking at other faiths.

Curriculum Maps 2021-22

St Theresa’s Curriculum Map


Autumn Curriculum Maps

Year 6 Autumn 1- We are Dinosaur Hunters

Year 6 Auutmn 2 – Darwin’s Delights

Year 5 Autumn 1 – Pharaohs 

Year 5 Autumn 2 – The Tudors Autumn 

Year 4 Autumn 1- I am warrior curriculum 

Year 4 Autumn 2 – Highway USA

Year 3 Autumn Scrumdiddlyumptious Plan

Year 3 Autumn 2  Web Heroes and Villains

Year 2 Autumn 1 – Pirates

Year 2 Autumn 2 – The Scented Garden 

Year 1 Autumn 1 -Memory Box

Year 1  Autumn 2 -Splendid Skies

Reception Autumn 1 – I am Special I am me

Reception Autumn 2 Celebrations


Spring Curriculum Maps

Year 6 Spring 1 – A Child’s War

Year 6 Spring 2 The Maya Curriculum Map 

Year 5 Spring 1 Curriculum Map Stargazers

Year 4 Spring 1 1066

Year 3 Spring – Gods and Mortals

Year 3 Spring 2 Tremors

Year 2 Spring 1 – Land Ahoy

Year 2 Spring 2 Tunnels Towers and Turrets Topic Map

Planning Year 1 Spring 1 Superhero

Summer Curriculum Maps 

Year 6 Summer 1 Mayan Civilization     

Year 6 Summer 2 Hola Mexico

Year 5 Summer 1 Allotments   

Year 5 Summer 2 Beast Creators

Year 4 Summer 1 – Playlist  

Year 4 Summer 2 1066

Year 3 Summer 1 Tribal Tales

Year 3 Summer 2 Tremors   

Year 2 Summer 1 Bounce   

Year 2 Summer 2 Cats, Men and Mice

Year 1 Summer Bright Lights   

Year 1 Summer 1 Moon Zoom

Summer 1 curriculum map Reception

Please note that there may be some changes as to when topics will be taught. Further updates may be made to the Curriculum Maps during the year.

Also some topics may not necessarily be taught over a half term period as some contain more skills than others. This means that a topic may change part way through a term.