Blog and Podcast

Cornerstones in action: How to make teacher workload work

Curriculum Lead and experienced primary teacher, Adam Newman, reflects on the current issue of teacher workload and offers practical tips for busy teachers. He describes how the Cornerstones Curriculum has helped reduce workload at his school, Farmillo Primary in Nottinghamshire. The workload issue I have to admit; I feel nervous about the recent agenda around… Read more

Episode 27: Cornerstones in action: reducing teacher workload with Adam Newman

In this podcast, Caroline talks to Adam Newman, Year 6 teacher and Curriculum Lead at Farmillo Primary in Nottinghamshire. Adam gives his take on the teacher workload issue and describes how the Cornerstones Curriculum has impacted on workload at his school. Links The Cornerstones Curriculum The Curriculum magazine Cornerstones in action: How to make teacher… Read more

How connected is your curriculum?

In recent blogs, we’ve explored the importance of curriculum principles and articulating the curriculum design process. In this edition, Melanie Moore, author of the Cornerstones Curriculum, explains the importance of designing a well-connected and robust curriculum framework. ‘Invisible threads are the strongest ties.’ Friedrich Nietzsche There’s not one person who sets out to write a… Read more

The Curriculum magazine – edition three

The Curriculum magazine is free to all schools and is now available for you to read online. Edition three is all about saving time and reducing teacher workload, with a huge number of free resources including Fallen Fields – a fully resourced, First World War project, assembly plans, monoprinting instructions and six brilliant PSHE activities… Read more

A summary of Amanda Spielman’s (HCMI Ofsted) latest curriculum update

As Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, releases a new blog reflecting on their recent countrywide curriculum research, we highlight the next steps for schools and take a look at what inspectors will be looking for in terms of curriculum. You can read Spielman’s full blog here, but here’s my summary of the main points. Ofsted’s… Read more

Cornerstones - Six steps of Curriculum design.

How to design your curriculum

Six Steps of Curriculum Design Designing a curriculum is not easy. It is a complicated process that needs to be carefully thought through and involves much strategic decision making. With over 2000 schools now using the Cornerstones Curriculum, we have identified six crucial steps of effective curriculum design. These steps can be used by any… Read more

Episode 29: What are knowledge organisers and how can we use them in the primary classroom?

In this podcast, Caroline talks to Curriculum Manager, Catherine Scutt. They take a closer look at a resource that’s gaining popularity in primary schools: the knowledge organiser. Caroline and Catherine explain what to consider when writing knowledge organisers and share tips on how to use them best in the primary classroom. They also describe how… Read more

Bonfire Night Podcast

Episode 28: Bonfire Night – classroom edition 1

In this special classroom edition podcast, Caroline talks to Professor Al about the events of 5th November, including the history of the failed Gunpowder Plot, the traditions of Bonfire Night and the story of the fated conspirator Guy Fawkes. Use this podcast as a stimulus for class discussions and as a starting point for further… Read more

Episode 26: How connected is your curriculum?

In this podcast, Caroline and Mel explore the importance of designing a well-connected and robust curriculum framework. They also highlight the different ways that connections are built into the Cornerstones Curriculum, helping children deepen their knowledge and skills. Links The Cornerstones Curriculum The Curriculum magazine A summary of Amanda Spielman’s (HCMI Ofsted) latest curriculum update… Read more

What’s new – October 2018

Well, I can’t believe October is here already. The month of crispy leaves, hot chocolate and pumpkins. Where did the time go? Here at Cornerstones, we are fully into the swing of things, in fact, I’ve already spotted some Christmas resources in creation on our designers’ desks – sorry to mention the C word already!… Read more