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Here at GEMS Didcot Primary Academy we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.

What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?


The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.


How it Works?


Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:



Curriculum handbook

Mathematics Long term plan


At GEMS Didcot Primary Academy, we strive to ensure that all children are given a curriculum which is relevant, broad, balanced and inspiring.  We will create stimulating and inviting learning environments where all children's interests are built upon with a focus on making learning hands on and relevant.


We wish for all our children to feel safe and secure in their environment, developing self confidence, independence, self- esteem and an eagerness to learn.  We aim to work in partnership with parents, carers and families, promoting the very best relationships to support learning.


Every day, we will be firmly focused on the core basics of phonics (using Read, Write, Inc), reading, writing and mathematics.  Creative approaches to learning, independent thinking, collaborative problem solving skills and the arts will be used to engage and motivate children to love learning and understand how they learn. 


All pupils learn languages from Year 1 (having been introduced in reception).  This will be French in September 2016.


We actively promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain. We also provide pupils with opportunities to learn about the contribution of British people to innovation, excellence and changes in the world.