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Cornerstones EYFS Curriculum

How much does the Cornerstones EYFS Curriculum cost?

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I already have the original Cornerstones EYFS Curriculum. How is this different?

The new EYFS curriculum has a range of new titles and themes, with 24 ILPs in total. The projects range from 22 months to 60 months and are linked to the EYFS Typical Behaviours and ELG. The curriculum includes a range of supporting documents for tracking and monitoring coverage. Each project also has a themed Enhanced Provision planning map.
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Can the projects be used for a mixed Reception/Year 1 class?

Yes, the projects can be used to support mixed aged classes which have Reception and Year 1 children. Our example two year rolling programme demonstrates how projects from the Reception and Year 1 curriculum can be taught alongside each other.
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Cornerstones Curriculum England

How much does the curriculum cost?

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Can the curriculum be used for mixed age groups?

Yes. The curriculum is easy to use for mixed aged-classes. Just use our handy Essential and Development Skills to help differentiate the activities and use our online Detailed Coverage Checker to make sure you have full coverage of the national curriculum.
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What exactly do I get when I buy the curriculum?

There are a number of different curriculum packages available depending on the number of Key Stages you wish to purchase. If you are an English school, you will also receive our Essential Skills package. All schools receive one year’s free access to our online resources and coverage checkers on The Hub.
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How can I ensure sufficient coverage from the curriculum?

Checking your national curriculum coverage is easy using our online Gap Analysis which identifies any gaps in your national curriculum coverage. For a more in depth check use our Detailed Coverage Checker also available online.

Cornerstones Curriculum Wales

How much does the Cornerstones Curriculum Wales cost?

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I already have the original Cornerstones Curriculum. How is this different?

The new Cornerstones Curriculum Wales has an exciting new range of titles and themes including Welsh History and Culture. The new ILPs feature inspirational activities for children all tied to the programmes of study for Wales and include cross curricular LNF links.

What exactly do I get when I buy the curriculum?

There are a number of different curriculum packages available depending on the number of Key Stages you wish to purchase. All schools receive one year’s free access to our online resources and coverage checkers on The Hub

Can the curriculum be used for mixed age groups?

Yes. The curriculum is easy to use for mixed aged-classes. Just use our Detailed Coverage Checker to make sure you have full coverage of the national curriculum.
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How can I ensure sufficient coverage from the curriculum?

Checking your national curriculum coverage is easy using our online Gap Analysis which identifies any gaps. For a more in depth check use our Detailed Coverage Checker also available online.

What about Welsh History and Culture?

Our curriculum includes 16 bespoke projects reflecting the culture, environment, economy and history of Wales.
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What about the Welsh Government’s proposed changes to the Welsh curriculum?

All of our ILPs are available electronically on the Hub. We will adapt coverage and planning in line with any changes to the Welsh national curriculum.

Does it cover the Four Purposes?

Yes. Our four-step philosophy and other products naturally cover all aspects of the Four Purposes.
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The Hub

How much does The Hub cost?

You automatically receive one year’s subscription to The Hub when you buy either the Cornerstones Curriculum England or the Cornerstones Curriculum Wales. The cost of renewal depends on the number of pupils at your school and current prices range from £200 to £400 p/a.

What do I get from my annual subscription?

Each teacher has their own user account to access our dedicated online platform. You get access to electronic copies of your ILPs, planning templates, curriculum maps, essential skills and over 1000 teaching resources and videos.

You also get access to a network of over 24,000 teaching professionals from around the country and topic related discussions to share ideas and professional practice.

Can I subscribe to The Hub and have access to its resources if my school has not bought the Cornerstones Curriculum?

Yes, our Hub is available for all Cornerstones Customers who have bought one of our products. We have different levels of access to make sure you have everything you need to support your Cornerstones products.

What if I don’t renew my subscription?

Once your licence has expired, your account will be de-activated and you will no longer have access to The Hub. Any documents you have downloaded will also expire and you will no longer be able to access any electronic Cornerstones materials.

How many resources are available on The Hub?

There are currently over 1000 resources available on The Hub and the number is growing every day. The resources include videos, whiteboard presentations, picture cards and much more.

Cornerstones Assessment

How much does Cornerstones Assessment cost?

Only £250 per year.

Why is the cost of Cornerstones Assessment so low compared to other packages available?

As a curriculum company we wanted to create an assessment package linked to our curriculum and the national curriculum for all schools to use. We see assessment as an integral part to any curriculum and therefore wanted to make it as affordable as possible.

Why isn’t Cornerstones Assessment suitable for Welsh schools?

Cornerstones Assessment has been developed from the English national curriculum programmes of study and expectations.

Is it just an online tracker?

Our powerful Progress and Attainment Tracker is just one of the four components to Cornerstones Assessment. You also get our Essential Skills framework, Developmental Skills framework, plus our Assessment and Moderation Grids.

What is the Essential Skills framework?

Programmes of study for each subject differentiated into end-of-year age-related expectations.

What is the Developmental Skills framework?

Differentiates all areas of maths and English into termly age-related expectations. The framework helps you assess and monitor children’s progress, providing a clear comprehensive framework for assessing without levels.

What are the Assessment and Moderation Grids?

These allow you to record and evidence children’s learning, in line with Developmental Skills statements for English and maths. It’s a great tool for moderating children’s work and getting staff up to speed on the attainment expectations of the new national curriculum.

Cornerstones Maths Tests

How much does the Cornerstones Maths Tests cost?

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Why aren’t Cornerstones Maths Tests suitable for Welsh schools?

Cornerstones Maths Tests have been developed from the English national curriculum programmes of study and expectations.

How often should I test my children?

Our Arithmetic and Number Progress Tests are designed to be used flexibly throughout the year to support formative assessment. We advise you use them to keep track of your children’s progress at intervals that suit you. For instance, each set contains seven papers so you could use these tests at half termly intervals if you wished, with one at the start of the academic year. The Summative Tests (papers 1, 2 and 3) have been designed to use at the end of each term – autumn, spring and summer.

How can I spot gaps in learning?

As part of the Maths Tests package we provide a comprehensive attainment and gap analysis tool that support teachers in making judgements and highlight areas where more support or additional teaching may be required.

Reading Tests

How much do Cornerstones Reading Tests cost?

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Will the tests be available electronically or as hard copies?

The tests will only be available as electronic copies and can be found on The Hub in the Assessment and Testing section. This will mean no reordering costs, saving you £100s.

What is the pitch of the tests?

The tests are pitched at the specific age group, with texts and questions that are of an appropriate age-related expectation. The pitch of the tests remains the same throughout the year. This allows progress across the year to be demonstrated effectively.

How do I know what gaps the children have in their knowledge?

The mark schemes and Gap Analysis tool identify which content domain and programme of study is being assessed. The Gap Analysis tool provides a quick overview of how children have done in relation to year group expectations and areas of the curriculum.

When should the tests be administered?

We recommend that the tests are administered at the end of each term. This will support teacher judgements for summative data and provide information to support planning for the next term. Year 2 and 6 teachers may wish to administer the summer term tests early in the run up to SATs, to support preparation for the tests.

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar (SPaG)

Will the tests be available electronically or as hard copies?

The tests will only be available as electronic copies and can be found on The Hub in the grammar, punctuation and spelling section.

What level are the tests pitched at?

The tests are pitched mainly at the specific age group but do feature some questions from other year groups. This allows the teacher to see which age range the children are working securely at. The pitch of the tests remains the same throughout the year. This allows progress across the year to be demonstrated effectively.

How do I know what gaps the children have in their knowledge?

The mark schemes and test breakdowns identify which element of the curriculum the questions are testing. The gap analysis tool provides a quick overview of how children have done in relation to year group expectations and areas of the curriculum.

When should tests be administered?

We recommend that the tests are administered at the end of each term. This will support teacher judgements for summative data and provide information to support planning for the next term. Year 2 and 6 may wish to administer the summer tests early in the run up to SATs to support preparation for the tests.

Love to Investigate

How much does Love to Investigate cost?

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What if I’m not a science specialist?

Practical science can be tricky to teach, especially if you're a non-specialist. It's hard to feel as in control of lessons as you'd like and sometimes you need equipment that you can't access. That's why all Love to Investigate activities come with background knowledge for teachers who haven't taught the topic before and most feature resources that are easily available.

I am a science co-ordinator. How can Love to Investigate help lead science across school?

Love to Investigate provides full coverage of the ‘Working Scientifically’ programmes of study as well as consolidating scientific knowledge and skills learned in other topics and themes. Using Love to Investigate ensures that teachers have all the subject knowledge they need in order to teach science well and that there is a clear progression in investigative science throughout school.

How do I assess attainment and progress?

Each investigation comes with an assessment sheet which can be used by teachers to record children’s achievements in relation to each investigation.

Love to Celebrate

How much does Love to Celebrate cost?

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How does Love to Celebrate fit into my teaching?

You can use Love to Celebrate to deliver weekly RE lessons or teach the ILPs in a block lasting about a week. Teaching Love to Celebrate in blocks near to the date of the actual celebration will give context to the children’s learning and opportunities to visit places of worship that are actually celebrating the festival the children are studying.

Do I have to buy the whole package?

Buying the whole Love to Celebrate package will give you the flexibility to choose the religions you want to teach and respond to other areas of the curriculum. For example, even though your school is teaching Islam, Christianity and Buddhism, the Judaism projects could be taught alongside A Child’s War in Year 6 to give context to the topic.

Which religions are covered?

Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.

Will Love to Celebrate help me deliver my locally agreed syllabus for RE?

ENGLAND – The projects are matched to the requirements of A Curriculum Framework for Religious Education in England. Your locally agreed syllabus for RE may be based on this document. If not, schools can pick and choose projects to meet the requirements of their own syllabus and the needs of their children.

WALES – The projects are written to the range and skills statements in the National exemplar framework for religious education for 3 to 19-year-olds in Wales. It is likely that your locally agreed syllabus for RE has been based on this document.

What if I can’t visit a place of worship?

Visits to places of worship are actively encourage in Love to Celebrate. However, an alternative is included in lessons which mention out of school visits.

I don’t know enough about each religion, how do I find out more?

Reading the ILPs carefully, accessing the resources mentioned and using good quality information books should give you a good overview of the religion and what you need to teach.

Why is Love to Celebrate based around festivals?

Basing the ILPs around festivals gives a real-life context and structure to the children’s learning. However, the celebration itself is only a small part of each Love to Celebrate ILP. Each set of ILPs covers all major aspects of each religion including worship, belief, leadership and belonging.

Where do I get the resources I need to teach Love to Celebrate?

Bespoke resources have been designed and are available on The Hub. Other resources, such as storybooks, videos and websites, are suggested in the ILPs.

Can I choose lessons from all the different religions?

Most locally agreed syllabus documents require schools to teach Christianity and one or two other religions. However, schools can use the projects in any way they feel is appropriate for their children.

RE ‘should reflect the fact that the religious traditions of Great Britain are in the main Christian’ Section 375, Education Act 1996. How do I deliver the requirements of the Education Act when there are the same number of ILPs for each religion?

Love to Celebrate has exactly the same amount of ILPs for each religion including Christianity. This gives schools the flexibility to add to their RE curriculum as appropriate. Faith schools may want to follow specific guidance they have been given. Other schools may want to extend the children’s understanding of Christianity by exploring the lives of local saints, visiting cathedrals and churches in the locality or studying certain festivals in more depth.

My RE is covered by an HLTA. Will they be able to use Love to Celebrate?

The ILPs contain all the teaching ideas, questions and resourcing information that is needed to deliver each session.

Where do I buy extra resources for the projects?

Forward planning is important to make sure that books and resources have been sourced. Online retailers and religious education suppliers should be able to provide what you need.

How can I be sure that I am delivering RE correctly and not saying the wrong thing?

All the lessons in Love to Celebrate have been carefully researched. Questions have been written from an academic perspective so the practitioner does not have to say phrases such as ‘I believe…’ and any important information about the content of the session has been included in the teacher note.

Why should I teach RE when I don’t go to church?

ENGLAND – All the lessons in Love to Celebrate help children to learn about religion and learn from religion, helping them to gain a better understanding of the beliefs and motivations behind the actions of others. Love to Celebrate is not designed to deliver a certain doctrine, but to help children learn more about the world they live in today.

WALES – Professor Graham Donaldson has included RE in the Humanities Area of learning in his Successful Futures document. Love to Celebrate treats RE in this way. All the lessons in Love to Celebrate help children learn about religion and learn from religion, helping them to gain a better understanding of the beliefs and motivations behind the actions of others. Love to Celebrate is not designed to deliver a certain doctrine, but to help children learn more about the world they live in today.

The curriculum in Wales is changing. How do we know that Love to Celebrate will be suitable when the new curriculum is published?

Two main developments have driven the format of Love to Celebrate. Firstly, in his report, Successful Futures, Professor Donaldson highlighted key aspects of good teaching and learning. Love to Celebrate Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) incorporate these suggestions. They are based around the Four Purposes Professor Donaldson identified, employ a blended approach to learning, help the children to develop critical thinking and problem solving, reinforce literacy, numeracy and digital competence and encourage children to take responsibility for their own learning.

Secondly, in a speech to the Welsh Assembly last year, Huw Lewis, the former Education Minister, suggested that RE may be renamed Religion, Philosophy and Ethics. Love to Celebrate has been written with this in mind. A key aim of the ILPs is to teach children about religion and encourage them to learn from religion which allows children to think philosophically and ethically about the beliefs, teachings and practises studied.

Love to Read

How much does Love to Read cost?

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Do I need to have the Cornerstones Curriculum to use Love to Read?

No. Love to Read is appropriate for any school who wants to develop a love of reading. Based on children’s classic and contemporary literature, any school would benefit from these easy to use reading guides.

How does Love to Read support my Cornerstones Curriculum?

Each guide is linked to one of our Key Stage 2 Imaginative Learning Projects, which makes them an ideal add-on for schools using the Cornerstones Curriculum
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