Cornerstones Topic

See the castle ahead? Get ready to invade its mighty walls! Shoot a projectile with an archer’s aim! Head across the drawbridge, over the moat and up to the top of the tower…

Meet Rapunzel who lives in a tall, tall tower. Let’s build a brand new one…Whose is the tallest? Can you measure it? Then dig deep, deep down making burrows and tunnels, just like the animals who live underground. What’s that sound? I hear little hooves going trip, trap, trip, trap over the rickety bridge. Watch out for the angry troll underneath…He likes to gobble up little girls and boys! Make sure your bridge is sturdy enough to take the weight and get us safely to the other side. An finally…meet three little pigs who need your help to build a strong fortress. Inside its strong walls they’ll be safe from the big, bad wolf! No huffing and puffing will blow your fortress down!


We will be celebrating Roald Dahl’s birthday this year by looking at his poetry, focusing on his Revolting Rhymes. We will also be reading the books Rapunzel and The three Billy Goats Gruff and writing sentences inspired by the stories.

Speech and Language

The children will access a daily speech and language program as directed by Therapists.


The children will continue to solve problems using addition and subtraction. They will be looking at pictograms and managing data and they will also be learning about measure.


In music, we will be involved in the Ten Pieces Classical music event. We will be listening to Carl Orff: Carmina Burana – ‘O fortuna’ and describing how the music makes us feel. We will also be listening to and identifying which musical instruments are used and making some of our own.

PE and Hydrotherapy

The children will take part in outdoor PE including: ball skills, team games and athletics. We will continue to take part in Hydrotherapy at Priorywoods Special School.

All children will need a pair of trainers or plimsolls in school to wear during out door PE.


The children will be learning about the use of everyday materials including which are the strongest materials to build a castle. We will be learning about living things and their habitats and why some animals burrow underground.


We will be developing an understanding of the Christian and Jewish beliefs about God as the creator of the world. We will also be learning about our rights as children to be able to know they am free to say what they think and have the right to learn about customs in different religions.


All areas of learning will be enhanced using computing as children have regular access to ipads to learn new skills and find out about areas of the topic. The children will also continue to use Lego to refine motor skills and encourage problem solving and team working.

Art and Design

We will be focussing on the Artist Frank Auerbach and creating our own version of his work. We will also be making sculptures using natural materials and looking at Andy Goldsworthy for inspiration.

Design Technology

We will be making bridges, by researching existing designs on the internet and we will be using different materials and working together to make them stronger.

PSHE and Nurture

The children will be learning about our rights and responsibilities in school and also talking about rewards and consequences in line with the school behaviour policy.