Year 1 Curriculum Projects

Here is an overview of all of our Year 1 curriculum projects. Although they are aimed at Year 1 children these projects are designed with differentiation in mind. The difficulty level can be increased or reduced to suit different ages or abilities making them ideal for teaching mixed or single age group classes.

Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs)

Bright Lights, Big City

What do you know about England's capital city? Let's find out all about London, including its history, transport and famous landmarks.

Are you ready for the bright lights of the big city? Hop in a black cab and…enjoy the ride!

Main focus: Geography; English.

Also covered: Computing; D&T; History; Mathematics; Music; PSHE; Science.

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

Also covered: Art & Design; Computing; D&T; Geography; Mathematics; Music; PE; Science.

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: History; English.

Also covered: Art & Design; D&T; Geography; Mathematics; Music; PE; PSHE; Science.

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: D&T; English.

Also covered: Art & Design; Computing; Geography; History; Mathematics; Music; PE; PSHE; Science.

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: Art & Design; English.

Also covered: Computing; D&T; Geography; Music; PE; PHSE; Science.

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: Music; English.

Also covered: Art & Design; Computing; D&T; Geography; Mathematics; PE; PSHE.

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: Science; English.

Also covered: Art & Design; Geography; History; Mathematics; Music; PE.

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: PE; English.

Also covered: Art & Design; Computing; D&T; History; Music; PSHE; Science.

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: Science; English.

Also covered: Art & Design; Computing; D&T; Geography; Mathematics; PE; PSHE.

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

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“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

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“My daughter is totally engaged with the curriculum and coming home so happy ”

Karin, Parent of Year 5 pupil
St. Michael's RC Primary