Kingsdown Road, Lincoln,
Lincolnshire, LN6 0FB

01522 688328

Leslie Manser Primary School, (L.A. Maintained)

Enjoying Learning, Achieving Together, Aiming High

Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Intent Statement

At Leslie Manser Primary School, we hope to instil our school ethos of ‘Enjoying Learning, Achieving Together and Aiming High’ into the children’s hearts.
We are proud to offer our children a varied and exciting curriculum. Children explore a rich, deep, progressive curriculum developing new skills and subject knowledge through a variety of interesting contexts. Lessons are purposeful and challenge the children in a variety of ways. Children regularly revisit previous learning to ensure they retain the facts they have learnt.
Our Cornerstones curriculum offers enjoyable learning through the stages of Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express - often extending the children’s opportunities for learning beyond the walls of the classroom. This sustains their interest and natural curiosity.
As children start our school, we aim to support them in building respectful friendships and an understanding of how to respect themselves and others. We offer a safe and supportive environment which enables children to build upon their self-esteem and confidence ensuring they can become active citizens. As a school, we encourage our children to celebrate who they are and to respect the differences of others. Self esteem and confidence are the key to happy, curious and creative children who want to learn and succeed!
We encourage and welcome parents and carers to take part in their children’s learning and experiences so that they can share their learning with their families.

Cornerstones Curriculum theme overview


The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is designed to be flexible and adapt to the needs and interests of the children.  The Cornerstones themes provide suggested starting points and ideas.  Each theme begins as an interesting wondering question:-


Cornerstones EYFS themes




Am I the fastest?

Sports, physical activity and outdoor play

Are eggs alive?

Changes in nature during springtime

Can I have a dog yet?

Pets and how to look after them

Can we explore it?

Exploration, travel and discovery

Did dragons exist?

Castles, dragons, traditional tales and handsome princes

How does that building stay up?

Buildings and structures, houses and homes

How many colours in a rainbow?

Colour and pattern in the natural and man-made world

What is a reflection?

Mirrors, reflections and symmetry

What is a shadow?

Shadows, light sources and the sun

Where does snow go?

Winter weather, keeping warm and the properties of ice and snow

Which was the biggest dinosaur?

Dinosaurs, herbivores, carnivores and imaginary creatures

Why can’t I have chocolate for breakfast?

Food, keeping healthy and changes in state by cooking, freezing and melting

Why do leaves go crispy?

Seasonal changes in plants and animals

Why do spiders eat flies

Diversity of the natural world and the small creatures that inhabit it

Why do you love me so much?

Themselves, family, feelings and emotions

Why is water wet?

Properties of water and where it comes from


We plan our Cornerstones themes over a two year cycle.



Classes 7 - 9 are on Year A 

Classes 1 - 6 are on Year B  




Please click on the links below to look at a Curriculum Map setting out subject coverage for each theme.

Year-1 Themes curriculum map.pdf

Year-2 Themes curriculum map.pdf

Year-3 Themes curriculum map.pdf

Year-4 Themes curriculum map.pdf

Year-5 Themes curriculum map.pdf

Year-6 Themes curriculum map.pdf