Cornerstones photo competition winners

Thank you to everyone who entered the Cornerstones photo competition, we had some fantastic entries!

A big congratulations to our winners:

  • The Duston School
  • Wygate Park Academy
  • The Bythams Primary School
  • Coddington Primary School

Read on to see the photos and find out more about what's happening behind them…

The Duston School

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ILP: Dinosaur Planet
The Duston School opened with EYFS and Year 1 in September 2015, so this is their first year teaching with the Cornerstones Curriculum

“The children really enjoyed being paleontologists for the day, the project enabled us to open with a big ‘wow’. We built up anticipation over a few weeks where families were guessing who our ‘very old’ guest was going to be.”
– Dawn Robinson

We gave the teacher a few questions to ask the children about working on this topic:

What did you enjoy most about this project?

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Do the children think they learn more when they have fun?

“Yes, we love school.”

What do you like about coming to school?

“The teachers make us clever.”
“The teachers are always smiling.”
“We always have lots of fun.”

If you’d like to create your own Dinosaur Planet experience, take a look at the Education Group’s website.

 

The Bythams Primary School

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ILP: Potions

“I had recently joined this school and it was my first time teaching from the Cornerstones Curriculum, I loved how engaging and interactive the lessons were. It is a topic children can associate with, everyone has made their own potion growing up and if they didn't before this topic they certainly did after! It was an interactive topic, children could make and produce things while learning.”

“We were focusing on poetry (develop section) and looking at Macbeth Act IV. We began by looking at rhyming couplets and writing our own poetry. We edited, up-levelled them and then the children wrote their final spell. We tea/coffee stained each poem and put them into our book of spells.

We then had a Forest Schools morning where we lit a fire and had a cauldron bubbling (it was really stew cooking away which children made themselves). The children were invited to dress up during the morning and read their poem from the spell book over the cauldron.”

“The children got so engaged and motivated by the topic. I didn't want the topic to end! It linked back to real life situations and captured children's interests.”

– Mrs Jack

We gave the teacher a few questions to ask the children about working on this topic:

What did you enjoy most about this project?

“Cooking lunch and eating stew.”
“We were allowed to dress up in costume.”
“The haba/fire pit.”
“Reading out our poems with expression/acting out in front of the fire.”
“Everything!”
“Liked being out in the woodlands.”

Do lessons like this make you want to come to school more?

26/26 children voted yes!

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What do you like about coming to school?

“Everyday there is something exciting.”
“I like doing the sports and active clubs we have.”
“I like afternoon sessions when we get chance to do some art.”
“Everyday we do something different or something special.”
“All the topics we do are really fun.”
“Clubs such as ICT, film club,art club etc…”
“We all have our own table names we decide on which relate to the topic we are studying.”

Do you think you learn more when you have fun? Why?

“Yes, because it makes people listen more as it is more exciting.”
“Yes, because every term when we switch topic I have enjoyed learning about them all.”
“Having fun while learning/being taught/spoken too.”
“I like having from freedom to go off an explore, but then being given tasks to learn from – relating things to real life.”

 

Coddington Primary School

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ILP: Revolution 

“This picture was taken during a trip to a local workhouse, now run by the National Trust. The boys entered through the paupers gate and were greeted by the master. In the photo they are giving the names of their characters in order to be registered.

I really enjoyed the engagement of the pupils and ease with which the topic could be implemented across all subject areas.”

“The trip, roleplay, hands on learning and taster sessions all built up to our own great exhibition and made this project engaging for the children. We also backed up the literacy through appropriate guided reading texts.”

– Miss Stevens

We gave the teacher a few questions to ask the children about working on this topic:

What did you enjoy most about the topic?

“sugar mice”
“wash day”
“the workhouse visit”
“sewing”
“learning about punishments and differences”

Do lessons like this make you want to come to school more?

“yes!”

What do you like about coming to school

“it's interactive”
“friends and teachers”
“fun topics”
“learning”

 

Wygate Park Academy

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ILP: How does this building stay up (old curriculum)

“It was 11th November, Bonfire night. I had arranged for the fire fighters to visit the children as a surprise. we extended the project to look at people who help us, first looking at builders and then firefighters and police too.

I really enjoyed the engage activity for the memorable experience, we went on a trip to a building site and explored a brand new house, the children loved it.”

“The boys loved this project – our cohort is very boy heavy. Having visitors come into school was very engaging and gave the children a purpose for writing when back in the classroom.”

– Laura Greensmith

We gave the teacher a few questions to ask the children about working on this topic:

What did you enjoy about this lesson?

“when we got to squirt water out of the hose”
“sitting inside the fire engine”
“when our teacher put the uniform on”

Do you think you learn more when you have fun?

“Yes! because i like learning”
“I remember it more”

Do lessons like this make you want to come to school more?

“Yes! because you learn more”

What do you like about coming to school?

“I like having a snack”
“to play”

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Are you a Cornerstones school?

If this post has given you more ideas for using our curriculum, take a look at all the fantastic images that schools have shared on our twitter feed and start more conversations with teachers on The Hub.

Keep your eyes peeled for more competitions coming soon!

Want to learn more about the Cornerstones Curriculum?

Take a look at the Cornerstones Curriculum England product page on our website. From Wales? We also have a Cornerstones Curriculum Wales.