New to Cornerstones? Here are our top tips to get you started

September is once again upon us, bringing with it a new school year and for some, a brand new curriculum to teach in school.

If you’re new to the Cornerstones Curriculum however – don’t worry! We’ve compiled our top tips to help get you started on your Cornerstones journey.

Pick your projects

good-practice-blog-3Once you’ve purchased the Cornerstones Curriculum, you’ll receive your Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) via Fedex. Start by picking your projects for the year – you’ll have your hard copies so you can choose them straight away!

Get Online

hub-online-portal-2The Cornerstones Curriculum comes with one year’s free access to the Hub, our online portal. To get online, complete our Hub registration sheet and return it to us as soon as you possibly can. You’ll then receive an email asking you to create a password for your Cornerstones Online account.

Try to make sure you do this within a week of receiving the email or the link will expire. If it does expire though – don’t worry! You can always request a new one from the Hub login page.

Read the guidance

We’ve created a number of handbooks, videos, guidance and supporting documents to help you on your Cornerstones journey. Once you’ve logged in to the Hub, scroll down the homepage to find our Guidance and Supporting documents.

Read your chosen projects

Read through your chosen projects to get a feel for the context and activities you’re going to be teaching. This will give you a great overview of each project and the overall direction your teaching will take.

Check out the ILP resources

resourcesOn the Hub, click through the tabs to find your chosen project. You’ll see there’s an electronic copy of your project, that you can print and annotate or edit and adapt using our handy copy and paste tool.

We’d suggest starting with the Useful stuff and Practical resources lists. They provide you with handy websites, books, music and information to start you off as well as giving you an idea of the materials you may need to teach the activities in the project.

Get started!

And that’s it! All that’s left to do is start teaching and share your journey with us and other schools on the Hub.

We’re here to help

good-practice-blogOnce you’re up and running, if you find you need help or support with anything please get in touch. And make sure you download our handy ‘do’s and don’ts’ checklist to help you get the most out of Cornerstones.

Download your PDF version now.

Cornerstones Curriculum

curriculumThe Cornerstones Curriculum is a broad and balanced, knowledge and skills based curriculum with a creative edge. It comprises over 80 themed projects and 1000s of lesson ideas mapped to the national curriculum, giving you the power and freedom to shape your curriculum to best suit the needs of your school.

For more information, call us on 03333 20 8000.


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Kathryn Farr - Marketing Assistant

Kathryn is the Marketing Assistant here at Cornerstones, where her role involves updating the blog on the Cornerstones website and looking after Cornerstones' various social media channels.

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