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The curriculum at Gipsey Bridge Academy is aimed to inspire and excite pupils through the Cornerstones curriculum which is broad and balanced, knowledge and skills rich and provides a clear pedagogy. 


Our approach to the curriculum ensures that our academy complies with it's duties to the Equality Act 2010 and the SEND Regulations 2014. The curriculum is accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs and careful thought has gone into mapping out how to ensure we are equally aspirational for ALL pupils.


What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a broad and balanced, knowledge-rich curriculum.  Its content is delivered through a range of subject-specific projects, which last either a full or half term.  Subject specific projects cover art and design, design and technology, geography, history and science.  It is based on a comprehensive skills and knowledge progression framework is expertly interconnected and can be fully adapted to meet the needs of our school.  


Based on proven Pedagogy

The Cornerstones Curriculum is underpinned by a four-stage pedagogy: Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.  With this child-centred approach at its heart, the Cornerstones Curriculum puts children's wellbeing and natural curiosity first, enabling them to learn through a positive and well-rounded approach.   


Inspiring Projects

The projects are designed to inspire.  Covering all aspects of the National Curriculum content and much more, the diverse projects foster a love of learning and make it truly purposeful. 


Connectivity and Sequencing

Our curriculum is carefully sequenced to support learning over time.  From global concepts that thread through each project, to lesson by lesson skills and knowledge linking, this carefully crafted sequencing and connectivity gives Cornerstones unrivalled depth, progression and coherence across the curriculum.


Coverage and Progression 

The curriculum is underpinned by a comprehensive skills and knowledge framework that builds upon national curriculum programmes of study.  The framework provides clear subject endpoints, including key concepts, aspects, knowledge and skills, to support teaching and help children make great progress. 


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.

For the academic year 2023-24, we will be using Cycle B.  If you would like more information about the Cornerstones curriculum, follow the link: 


Our Curriculum Intent

What is Cornerstones?

Cornerstones Wider Curriculum Long Term Overview (Mixed-Aged) EYFS to Y6

40 things to do whilst at Gipsey Bridge


Through our curriculum offer and the enrichment opportunities it provides, from the moment you start in Reception right the way to the end of your journey in Year 6, you will get the chance to have a go at 40 different things.  Click on the document to have a look at the list.   

In order to further develop our children's love for reading and life skills we have our 100 book challenge. 100 books which the children will LOVE to read throughout their time at Gipsey Bridge. Have a look at the booklet- how many have you read?

Maths:  In line with the National Curriculum, at Gipsey Bridge Academy we are following the White Rose Scheme of learning which promotes a balanced approach to fluency, problem-solving and reasoning. We believe all three areas of mathematics are necessary to develop and provide rich opportunities for our learners and leaders to flourish.


We provide our learners with a range of these types of questions on a daily basis in order to challenge everyone and strengthen the relationship between mathematical understanding and mathematical application and reasoning to create masters in maths.

Phonics:  our academy uses the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme


Reading:  we use Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds books.  These are fully decodable reading books, aligned to our phonics scheme, which ensures all pupils progress from decoding words to reading fluently and for pleasure.  



PSHE/RSE:  We have a whole-school approach to health and well-being and use the SCARF schemes of work and guidance to promote positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement .  For a copy of our policy, For details on our RSE Policy please access the Policy and Performance Data Page

    PE- our curriculum is supported by JB Sports Coaching, who work alongside our staff to provide high quality specialist P.E lessons. 


    RE:  we teach RE in accordance with Cornerstones 'Love to Celebrate' schemes.


    MUSIC:  we follow a music scheme of work alongside the support of the Lincolnshire Music Service.

    To find out more about the wide-range of curriculum subjects we teach, follow the link below: 




    For additional information or if you require any further clarification on our curriculum please contact the school for details or please visit Class Pages for a current view of projects.