10 Big Ideas – FREE home learning challenges for children and families

Curriculum

01st May 2020

10 Big Ideas – FREE home learning challenges for children and families

Are your children ready for an engaging home learning challenge? Something creative and thoughtful that broadens their awareness of wider concepts, yet is simple to do at home?

Well, look no further.

10 Big Ideas – FREE home learning challenges for children and families

The Big Idea weekly challenges are here!

Each week, we’ll release a set of Big Idea challenge cards. These are enjoyable, purposeful tasks that children can do independently or with family members while learning from home.

The challenges are linked to the Cornerstones Curriculum 10 Big Ideas, which are global concepts and themes that thread throughout our curriculum. The 10 Big Ideas are Humankind, Nature, Processes, Significance, Comparison, Place and Space, Investigation, Materials, Creativity and Change.

How to use them

We’ll release a new set of 12 challenges each week, centred around one of the Big Ideas. The first set is focused on the Big Idea of Humankind – what makes us human, the human body, emotions, how we interconnect, and so on.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The challenges are for Reception to Year 2 and for Year 3 to Year 6, but this is just a guide – you’ll know your children best.
  • Each challenge is designed to last between 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Download the challenges from this blog – see below. We’ll release each set of challenges on a Friday, ready to use the following week.
  • If you are a teacher, simply upload the challenges to your home learning platform or share via email or social media as a screenshot.
  • Choose at least one challenge every day.
  • Share your achievements with us! We’re on Twitter @Cornerstonesedu, Instagram @cornerstonesedu or Facebook.

Download your Big Idea weekly challenges here

Friday 27th March

Humankind – Reception to Year 2 challenges

Humankind – Year 3 to Year 6 challenges

Friday 3rd April

Processes – Reception to Year 2 challenges

Processes  – Year 3 to Year 6 challenges 

Wednesday 8th April

Creativity – Reception to Year 2 challenges

Creativity  – Year 3 to Year 6 challenges

Friday 17th April

Investigation – Reception to Year 2 challenges

Investigation  – Year 3 to Year 6 challenges

Friday 24th April

Materials – Reception to Year 2 challenges

Materials  – Year 3 to Year 6 challenges

Friday 1st May

Nature – Reception to Year 2 challenges

Nature  – Year 3 to Year 6 challenges

Thursday 7th May

Place and space – Reception to Year 2 challenges

Place and space  – Year 3 to Year 6 challenges

Friday 15th May

Comparison – Reception to Year 2 challenges

Comparison  – Year 3 to Year 6 challenges

Friday 22nd May

Significance – Reception to Year 2 challenges

Significance  – Year 3 to Year 6 challenges

Friday 29th May

Change – Reception to Year 2 challenges

Change  – Year 3 to Year 6 challenges

Want to find out more about Big Ideas in curriculum design?

Click here to listen to our podcast on Big Ideas in primary curriculum design

Click here to read an article based on the Big Ideas podcast

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