Year 2 Curriculum Projects (Wales)

Below is a brief outline of each of our Year 2 curriculum projects. These projects help practitioners to create an engaging and creative Year 2 (or mixed age) curriculum.

Download a PDF overview of all our projects.

Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs)

Beachcombers

Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside! Do you? That’s good, because you’re about to become an expert beachcomber!

Head to your nearest beach to look for interesting and unusual objects, using your senses to spot, sniff and seek them out.

Got your shorts and sunglasses on? Bucket and spade at the ready? Splish, splash! Let’s get beachcombing…

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; Creative development.

Resources: A wide range of teaching resources to accompany this project are available on The Hub.
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Beat Band Boogie!

Boom, boom, boom parrup, bah-dum TISH! Here comes the marching band! Left, right, left right… Atten-SHUN!

Step in time to the beat: 1,2,3,4, let’s make sounds, high and low!

That sound is loud! That one’s quiet… Shhhh, listen up! What can you hear? There are sounds all around. What’s making each one?

Then it’s time to perform... Oh, what a performance! Your audience loves you, so let’s take a bow!

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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Land Ahoy!

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Arrr... me hearties, – it’s a sailor’s life for me!

Get your sea legs on, it’s time to sail the salty seas. Navigate, investigate and explore the world – just like Captain Cook.

Thar’s land ahead, me buckos! Let’s get t’ship t’port.

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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Muck, Mess and Mixtures

Let’s get messy! Muck and mess is good! In fact, it’s megamarvellous!

Dive in and get your hands and feet all sticky and covered in paint. Play with liquids, squish some dough and check out the slushiest and mushiest foods.

Don’t worry about the mess… it’ll always wash!

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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Street Detectives

This way or that way? Where should we go? Up to the local shops or down to the playing fields? Let’s learn about our local community, looking at houses old and new and finding out how our streets have changed since our mums and dads were young. Perhaps your granny or grandpa went to your school or maybe they worked in the baker’s shop?

Ready to roll, Street Detectives? Get your clipboards and cameras… it’s time to start investigating!

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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The Scented Garden

Tiptoe through the tulips as your senses discover the blooming foliage and enchanting fragrances of flowers and herbs.

Round and round the mulberry bush we go, planting bulbs and seeds, and then watch them grow beneath sunshine and showers.

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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Towers, Tunnels and Turrets

See the castle ahead? Get ready to invade its mighty walls! Shoot a projectile with an archer’s aim! Head across the drawbridge, over the moat and up to the top of the tower...

Then dig deep, deep down making burrows and tunnels, just like the animals who live underground.

And finally… meet three little pigs who need your help to build a strong fortress. Inside its strong walls they’ll be safe from the big, bad wolf!

No huffing and puffing will blow your fortress down!

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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Wriggle and Crawl

Grab your coat and pooter – we’re going out and about on a minibeast hunt!

Sweep your nets in puddles and ponds and lift up logs to see who’s home.

On your belly, legs at the ready, it’s time to wriggle and crawl!

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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Welsh History Projects

Cardiff Tales

Where is Cardiff? What can you do there? Explore these questions and more in this special project about Cardiff and its importance as the capital city of Wales.

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; Creative development.

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

Brilliant Betsi

Who was Betsi Cadwaladr? Why was she so important? Explore these questions and more in this special project about a national heroine and her contribution to medical practice.

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)
“Ofsted love the curriculum and it is what brought us through as a 'good' school.”
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
“You can see the impact when you talk to the children in my school, the parents, the staff and my governing body.”
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