Posts Categorised: Curriculum

Art and design in Year 1

So you're a Year 1 teacher? How recently did you check what's in your art and craft area? Do you have one? How much art did your children do last week? If you're lucky enough to have space and the resources to maintain the continuous and enhanced provision children enjoy in reception, then that's...

Put more art and design into your primary curriculum

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced. A full curriculum includes the statutory teaching of the subject ‘Art and design' although you'd be forgiven for thinking this is not true,...

We’re coming to Cardiff – book your free place on our Cornerstones Curriculum Conference now!

Back in November, we held our first ever Cornerstones Curriculum Conference in Swansea. It was a fantastic day of talks, workshops and networking. To hear more about the most recent changes to the Welsh curriculum and find out how Cornerstones can support you with implementing the new Welsh national curriculum, then come along to...

Loathe lengthy planning? We can help!

Planning is a hot topic nowadays. How much? How little? What is effective and what is simply paperwork? A recent Government report highlighted the issue of teacher workload and mentioned planning as an area for serious review. Here, Caroline Pudner, Curriculum Consultant at Cornerstones, shares her perspective. Wasting time? As a teacher, I spent...

Wonders never cease! Encouraging a sense of wonder in the classroom

This week, guest writer John Dabell examines why it is important to encourage a sense of wonder in the classroom and why you should let children develop their curiosity, wherever it takes them. If something or someone can wow you, render you speechless and make your heart leap up, then that’s wonder doing its...

Outdoor learning – out of their minds

In today's blog post, guest writer John Dabell looks at the importance of learning outside the classroom and how outdoor learning can benefit both children and teachers alike. There is nothing better than an empty classroom. Most teachers love an empty classroom. It’s probably the best part of being a teacher, in fact –...

Mark Remembrance Day 2016 with our free mini project, Fallen Fields

Fallen Fields is a project designed to help children learn about the causes and effects of World War One so they gain a greater understanding of the ‘war to end all wars’. Any school can download Fallen Fields for free from our website. Commemorating the conflict The project includes facts and figures about World...