​Sir Edmund Hillary Primary School

Our Curriculum

The 'Curriculum' means everything that is 'taught and learned' within school, so you can understand that, after the children, it is the most precious thing about the school.

The Early Years and Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum 

In the Nursery & Foundation Unit we follow the Early Years and Foundation Stage curriculum. This has a whole view of child development covering seven areas; Personal Social and Emotional Development , Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts & Design.

The National Curriculum is delivered to children from KS1, Year 1, onwards. The subjects are; English, Maths, Science, Design Technology, Information and Communication Technology, History, Geography, Physical Education, Art, Music and, as part of the Locally Agreed Curriculum Religious Education. We complement the National Curriculum with Spanish as a Modern Foreign Language, and a Personal Social and Health Education Programme which includes age appropriate Relationships and Sex Education. There are currently many changes occurring within the National Curriculum; we will maintain an ethos of fun and pleasure in learning whilst these changes take root.

Learning Ethos 

At Sir Edmund Hillary Primary School, we believe in providing an excellent and exciting curriculum for all of our children. For this reason, we have chosen to adopt the Cornerstones Creative Curriculum, which we feel best fits with the ethos and values of our school.  This approach centres on the belief that children learn better when their interests and fascinations are allowed to flourish, where they are encouraged to explore subjects in a variety of ways.

The approach is based on a four-stage teaching philosophy: Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express; the four 'cornerstones' of learning. Cross curricular learning is a key part of the planning process. 


Start with a memorable first-hand experience eg. a visit, a visitor or a special event
Begin observations, research and setting questions
Fully engage with the new topic


Improve knowledge and understanding
Develop & practise new skills
Explore, make and do


Apply skills and knowledge in real-life contexts
Solve real or imagined problems through learning
Gain inspiration from creative activities


Become performers, experts and informers
Link learning back to starting points
Share and celebrate achievements