St Nicholas Church of EnglandPrimary Academy


Welcome toSt Nicholas Church of England Primary Academy

Cornerstones Curriculum

Curriculum Intent

Within the love of God, we aim to equip all of our learners with the skills, knowledge, experiences and understanding they need in order to succeed in their next phase of education.

St Nicholas CE Primary Academy Curriculum Intent ... A little more detail.


What does your child learn at school each day?


We believe our curriculum should be innovative, engaging and meaningful. It should be irresistible and inspire all children for life. We follow the statutory guidelines of the National Curriculum in England but we develop, expand and enrich this with additional activities.


At Boston St Nicholas CE Primary Academy we believe that “As Jesus is the light of the world, we shine to show His light and love.” We work closely together to ensure that pupils not only reach their full potential but also become responsible and self-motivated members of the community, mature in body, mind and spirit. We aim to provide the children with a curriculum which is broad, well-balanced and above all, stimulates learning. Through a positive and caring environment, we provide the opportunity for every child to be the best that they can be. Grounded in Scripture, we embrace Christian values and ensure that all children are ready for their next steps.


Our curriculum is carefully designed to ensure that all of our children are given the opportunity to be able to achieve their true potential according to their ability and aspiration. We deliver programmes of study that meet the National Curriculum requirements. Learning opportunities are planned carefully with a clear focus on enabling pupil achievement and challenging all children to strive to extend their knowledge, understanding and skills. We acknowledge that people learn in many different ways and we recognise the need to develop strategies that allow all children to learn in ways that suit them. Opportunities are planned to cater for a range of different learning styles to ensure that all children can access the curriculum and learn in a way that is best for them.


Within the classroom, children work as a whole class, in small groups and with paired learning partners as well as individually to complete differentiated tasks and activities. Role play, drama and themed days/ weeks (eg Book Week and Science Week) enhance our curriculum delivery. Experienced and dedicated staff support and challenge children to access the curriculum effectively. We value the power of first-hand experience to inspire and motivate learners. We aim to provide children with as many out-of-school experiences as possible in order to make learning exciting and ‘real’. Specialist visitors eg: musicians, actors and scientists are also invited into school to inspire our children and enthuse their love of learning. Our children enjoy learning outdoors in a safe and stimulating environment which enables them to explore open-ended lines of inquiry. 


St Nicholas CE Primary Academy Curriculum Overview – topics from Cornerstones:



The curriculum at St Nicholas CE Primary Academy is aimed to inspire and excite pupils through the Cornerstones curriculum.


What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a coherent, skills and knowledge-based primary curriculum with a creative edge. It’s rooted in a proven pedagogy based on how children learn best. At its heart is the principle that every child deserves a rich, fun, engaging and broad learning experience. The curriculum nurtures engagement, curiosity and innovation, brings learning to life in meaningful ways, and really makes an impact.


Imaginative Learning Projects

Our curriculum is taught through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILP).  Each ILP has an overarching theme linked to a National Curriculum subject. In addition to the main subject focus, each ILP makes meaningful links across a range of subjects and covers multiple aspects of the national curriculum. Lessons are organised in a weekly series and link national curriculum programmes of study (the knowledge bit) and age-related skills (the skills bit).


Subject depth and progression

Each project is closely linked to the knowledge and skills outlined in the national curriculum. Key concepts are learnt and built upon across year groups, ensuring subject depth, coherence and progression. Due to the structure of the Cornerstones Curriculum, children are given ample opportunities to embed knowledge and master new skills in a range of contexts.


Keeping it broad and balanced

While literacy is at the heart of each ILP, each project makes meaningful links across the curriculum, maximising opportunities to apply and build on subject knowledge and wider skills. 


Please take the time to visit the class pages to view the latest projects or come along to our many curriculum events to see the outcomes.


If you have any queries or questions regarding our curriculum, please contact the appropriate member of staff as shown below.


SubjectCurriculum Lead
English (Reading, Writing, Phonics)Mrs L Smith
Mathematics Mr T Bell
Physical EducationMr C Lee
Religious Education & Collective WorshipMrs F Booth
ScienceMrs L MacRae and Mr T Bell


For any wider Curriculum queries not specific to the above, please contact Mrs F Booth or Mr T Bell.