Year 1 Curriculum Projects (Wales)

Below is a brief outline of each of our Year 1 curriculum projects. These projects help practitioners to create an engaging and creative Year 1 (or mixed age) curriculum.

Download a PDF overview of all our projects.

Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs)

Dinosaur Planet

Stomp, crash, RRRAGH! Watch out everyone - the dinosaurs are on the prowl!

They’re rampaging across the dusty earth, swishing their enormous tails and baring their fearsome teeth...
Let’s explore the Dinosaur Planet!

Doyouthinkhesawus? Yes he did… RUN!

Main focus: Knowledge and understanding of the world

Also covered: Language, literacy and communication; Mathematical development; Physical development; Creative development.

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
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Memory Box

Can you remember being small? Being a baby and learning to crawl? Do you recall a favourite toy, maybe a teddy bear or a best-loved book?

Memories are special… Let’s make some more!

Main focus: Knowledge and understanding of the world

Also covered: Language, literacy and communication; Mathematical development; Personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity; Physical development; Creative development.

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
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Moon Zoom!

CRASH! What’s that in the playground? Let’s go outside and take a look. Stand back everyone – it looks like a UFO has crash-landed!

It’s got the experts in a right kerfuffle. Professor Pong doesn’t know what to do!

Are you ready for take off Year 1?

Hold tight... 5-4-3-2-1… LIFT OFF!

Main focus: Creative development.

Also covered: Language, literacy and communication; Mathematical development; Personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity; Knowledge and understanding of the world

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
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Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Soft fur, sharp claws and twitching whiskers... What’s your favourite animal? One that meows? One that barks? Or maybe one that scurries or slithers?

From pets at home to animals in the zoo, let’s find out what animals like to eat and where they like to sleep.

After all that work, curl up and take a nap... a cat nap!

Main focus: Knowledge and understanding of the world

Also covered: Language, literacy and communication; Physical development; Creative development.

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
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Rio de Vida

Oi!

Hot, hot, hot! Dancing feet, step to the samba beat! Shake it, shimmy, hands in the air, wave your flags in the cool night air.

Come join the party down in Rio.

Bem-vindo ao Brasil os meus amigos!

Main focus: Creative development.

Also covered: Language, literacy and communication; Mathematical development; Personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity; Knowledge and understanding of the world; Physical development

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
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Splendid Skies

Imagine floating high above land and sea on a bed of clouds, silently sweeping by on a billowing breeze.

Back down to earth, let’s take a walk outdoors. But what should we wear? Wellington boots? A sun hat? Maybe a warm coat? How do we know what the weather will be like today?

What weather do you prefer? Sunshine, snow, storms or showers? Get your wellingtons on - let’s go!

Main focus: Knowledge and understanding of the world

Also covered: Language, literacy and communication; Mathematical development; Creative development.

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
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Superheroes

KERPOW! Intergalactic greetings, young heroes. It’s time to rescue the planet from evil villains!

Who’s your favourite superhero? Spider-Man? Wonder Woman? Maybe your heroes are ordinary people who’ve achieved great things. Or is it those people who save lives in our emergency services that you admire most?

Main focus: Physical development

Also covered: Language, literacy and communication; Personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity; Knowledge and understanding of the world; Creative development.

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
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The Enchanted Woodland

If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a BIG surprise!

Foxes and badgers, voles and mice, beady-eyed owls in the swaying tree tops. Beneath the leaves are tiny footprints... animal or imp? You decide!

Main focus: Creative development.

Also covered: Language, literacy and communication; Mathematical development; Personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity; Knowledge and understanding of the world; Physical development

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
About Cornerstones Curriculum Access resources (licence required)

Welsh History Projects

Ysgol

When was your school built? What was here before it? Explore these questions and more in this special project about your school and its history.

Main focus: Language, literacy and communication

Also covered: Mathematical development; Personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity; Knowledge and understanding of the world; Physical development; Creative development.

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
About Cornerstones Curriculum Access resources (licence required)

Welsh Culture Projects

St David's Story

Who was St David? Why do we remember him? Explore these questions and more in this special project about Welsh culture and traditions.

Main focus: Language, literacy and communication

Also covered: Mathematical development; Personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity; Knowledge and understanding of the world; Physical development; Creative development.

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
About Cornerstones Curriculum Access resources (licence required)
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Richard Osler, Deputy Headteacher
Broad Oak Primary School
“Ofsted were extremely positive about the way that we had used the Cornerstones framework to 'revamp and expand our previously narrow curriculum' and told the school leaders that this had been a 'wise decision'.”
Ruth Scales, Assistant Head Teacher
Westwood Farm School
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Roulla Gabriel, Principal
Hockley Heath Primary School
“I believe it made a major contribution to our school moving from 'Requires Improvement' back to 'Good'.”
David Hall, Head Teacher
Brackensdale ER Junior School
“Cornerstones allows us to be creative and explore exciting themes through a robust teaching framework.”
Dominic Broad, Acting Deputy Head Teacher
Barry Island Primary School
“Cornerstones gave us all a fresh start and we've never looked back.”
Jill Bramwell, Deputy Head
Blackrod Primary School
“My daughter is totally engaged with the curriculum and coming home so happy ”
Karin, Parent of Year 5 pupil
St. Michael's RC Primary