Making the most of Cwricwlwm Maestro

Since 2010, primary schools across Wales have brought their curricula to life in unique ways using Cornerstones. Here, Llanelli headteacher, Tania Morgan, describes her school’s curriculum journey.

Making the most of Cwricwlwm Maestro

Since 2010, primary schools across Wales have brought their curricula to life in unique ways using Cornerstones. Here, Llanelli headteacher, Tania Morgan, describes her school’s curriculum journey.

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Choosing Cornerstones

A couple of schools in Llanelli were using Cornerstones and some teachers had been talking about their new, exciting curriculum. When we were looking at updating our schemes of work in 2015, we contacted Cornerstones. It was at a time when Cornerstones was moving away from just new ideas to a more web-based, total curriculum. We were given some of the old projects to practise on and then started for real with the new Cornerstones Curriculum.

Alignment with school aims and values

Cornerstones’ is a flexible, balanced curriculum that promotes learning by engaging the children, so that they want to find out more. There are lots of lovely ideas to motivate and inspire the children with themes for all aspects of the curriculum. It is broad and balanced, with different learning styles encouraged. The resources are professional and can be used in a range of lessons for differing abilities. There are also home learning ideas, book lists and fun facts that help to engage the whole family.

The modern themes and topics engage the children and inspire them to want to investigate the themes further. This is important, as we have to compete with the games and TV channels that the children are  familiar with.

Impact on workload and planning

Cornerstones saved us days and days of planning time and, even then, it would have been difficult to have such a wide scope of lessons of this quality. It is also easy to see the range of skills covered in every class.

It gives teaching staff support and fresh, lively ideas for lessons. Some staff are less confident in certain areas of the curriculum and having suggestions for art, science, music lessons, and so on, takes the fear away, leaving them confident in delivering these subjects.

There are lots of lesson ideas that help teachers and teaching assistants, which means that they don’t have to start from scratch. There are many inventive, thought-provoking lessons that can be developed and extended to suit the children in the school setting.

Nothing is set in stone, so there is flexibility and creativity, which helps newly-qualified teachers and experienced teachers alike. No two classes are the same, and what might work for one might need something different for the other. This is possible with Cornerstones without having to start over.

Planning ahead with Cwricwlwm Maestro

We’ve had some whole school training on how Cwricwlwm Maestro works. There are so many areas to explore, which can help reduce workload. Teaching staff and SLT are playing with it to create a curriculum that suits the needs of our school and the new curriculum.

From what we have seen so far, Cwricwlwm Maestro will save weeks of planning. It is web-based, so easy to access from home or school. It is also flexible and easy to add your own lesson and ideas to, which is useful for the new way of working.

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10/12/2021

We are in a much better place with CM than with our old curriculum. We will be making it more bespoke in the second year.

Conrad Fox – Headteacher, Hunmanby Primary School, England

16/11/2021

I have used Cornerstones from its first launch. The product has been refined over time as it is driven by feedback from schools and teachers delivering the content. The company is also responsive to a school's needs.

Lindsey Wain – Deputy headteacher, Hartburn Primary School, England

04/11/2021

Maestro is a real time saver, particularly for leadership teams and subject leaders. There is a wealth of information and resources which can be used and adapted by creative skills teachers. The way the curriculum is mapped is excellent and was commented on in a very recent Ofsted inspection.

Charlotte Gibbins – Thurlstone Primary School, England

17/09/2021

I have recommended and told many other schools and school staff about it. I would always though suggest that they need to ensure it is right for their school setting and the needs of their staff and pupils.

Kathryn – Teacher, Langton Primary School

20/01/2021

It has been a revelation. Staff are finding their way through it and if we have any questions, the support from Cornerstones is amazing. We always get answers to our questions. It is now our one-stop-shop for curriculum with linked up thinking and approach through an intuitive and user-friendly system.

Moira Cross – Executive head, Dordon Primary School