Episode 05: Curriculum design and ‘learning not lessons’ with Farmilo Primary School

Curriculum Podcast Episode 05 Curriculum design and learning not lessons with Farmilo Primary School

We had two special guests join us for episode five of our podcast for school leaders and teachers, The Curriculum. Adam Newman is Curriculum Lead and Anthony Robinson a Year 3 RQT at Farmilo Primary School in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. They talk about curriculum design and how the decisions they’ve made are having a positive impact on their school.

As Curriculum Lead, Adam touches on the people and philosophies that have inspired Farmilo’s curriculum design. He also talks about focusing on ‘learning not lessons’ and the importance of working together as a team of teachers to share expertise and plan. Anthony then looks at how these ideas translate to his everyday teaching in the classroom.

There is nothing more imaginative than a room full of teachers. You’ve got people who have totally different life experiences, who’ve taught different year groups and come at things in a different way. It’s about how you can see things and talk to each other. A big part of good curriculum design is that open and professional dialogue.

Adam Newman – Farmilo Primary School

It was great speaking to Adam and Anthony and we think they’ll give you lots to think about in this episode. Go grab a hot brew, pop on your headphones and have a listen.

Notes and links

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Iain Broome

Iain is a Creative Consultant at Cornerstones and currently produces The Curriculum, our new podcast. He's previously worked on a range of other Cornerstones products, including the Cornerstones Curriculum, Love to Investigate and Cornerstones Yoimoji.

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