Curriculum Information

The Lea Forest Curriculum

The Lea Forest Curriculum

At Lea Forest Primary Academy the most important underlying principle of a curriculum is to help children learn. We believe that a successful curriculum is brought to life by high quality teaching, inspirational learning activities and opportunities to listen and plan for the developing interests and motivations of children.

That is why we follow the Cornerstones Primary Curriculum. It is built upon a four stage teaching and learning philosophy...

The Four Cornerstones: ENGAGE - DEVELOP - INNOVATE - EXPRESS

During the Engage stage children will :-

• have memorable first-hand experiences - for example going on a visit outside the classroom or inviting a specialist visitor into the classroom

• have WOW experiences

• be introduced in exciting ways to the new topic or theme

• begin initial research and set enquiry questions

• have lots of opportunity to make observations

• develop spoken language skills

• take part in sensory activities

• have a great deal of fun, allowing them to fully 'engage' with their new topic

During the Develop stage children will :-

• dig much deeper to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of a topic across the curriculum

• practice their newfound skills

• compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes, read across the curriculum

• research their own questions and those posed by others

• follow new pathways of enquiry based on their own interests

• complete homework activities that support their learning in school

During the Innovate stage children will :-

• apply previous skills, knowledge and understanding in real life contexts

• be challenged with real or imagined problems and situations to solve using knowledge and skills from the earlier stages

• be inspired with imaginative and creative opportunities

• have time to re-visit skills, knowledge and understanding not grasped during the develop stage

• have the opportunity to take on different roles

During the Express stage children will :-

• become the performers, the experts, the informers

• share their achievements with others in many different ways.......parents, class mates and the community

• evaluate finished products/processes

• tie learning back to the beginning

• celebrate



Read all about our curriculum on the Cornerstones Blog


Furthermore, following the recommendations from Ofsted, we have decided to develop a ‘Creative Curriculum’ which promotes independence, collaboration, creativity and expression. The intent of our curriculum is to give the children of Lea Forest an enriched curriculum that is both skills and knowledge based. They will be given opportunities to learn about being active, healthy and engaged citizens. You can follow our curriculum on twitter search for @lea_forest_curr


We will still be following the Cornerstones curriculum but with a greater emphasis on the children taking ownership of their own learning. Cornerstones provides us with a wide range of topics so we are able to tailor our curriculum to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum is taught. We aim to expose the children to immersive environments, school visits, school visitors, media use and celebrations of success.

The impact of our curriculum in the short term is that both the children and teachers at Lea Forest have become more creative and independent. In the long term, our aim is to equip the children with lifelong skills and to give them experiences that they will remember forever.

Consequently, the children’s curriculum books will have a different look to them this year. Take a look at these examples:


Updated - January 2019