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Paston Ridings 
Primary School


At Paston Ridings, we aim to support inquisitive young people who develop into critical thinkers. To do this, we have embraced the Cornerstones Curriculum, which weaves strong links between all strands of the curriculum. As well as delivering skill and knowledge-based lessons, we aim to foster an interest and curiosity in the world around them, through physical experience wherever possible. As a result of the spiral curriculum children have many opportunities throughout their educational journey at Paston Ridings to consolidate their scientific skills and knowledge. We value the importance of developing key life skills through enquiry based learning and therefore encourage students to work collaboratively, ask pertinent questions and integrate their ICT skills while linking their new learning to the world around them.

The Cornerstones units of study that each year group covers are as follows:

Early years Foundation Stage 

Me and my Community

Once Upon a Time

Starry Night

Year 1

Dinosaur Planet

Moon Zoom

Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Super Heroes

The Enchanted Woodland

Year 2


Land Ahoy!

Muck, Mess and Mixtures

Street Detectives

The Scented Garden

Towers, Tunnels and Turrets

Year 3


Gods and Mortals

How do fossils



Tribal Tales

Year 4

Blue Abyss

Burps, Bottoms and Bile

I am Warrior!


Road Trip USA

Traders and Raiders

Year 5

Alchemy Island

Beast Creator

Scream Machine


Year 6

Darwin’s Delights

Frozen Kingdom

Gallery Rebels

Hola Mexico!


Please see the more detailed documents on our website, on Scientific objectives and knowledge covered in our Science Curriculum: