01st July 2020
In my previous blog about a recovery curriculum, I talked you through the five levers of a sensitively planned recovery approach. Here, we’ll look at how the Cornerstones Curriculum and our online curriculum platform, Curriculum Maestro, can help you to prepare for your return.
Workload has been a very real challenge during this pandemic and these difficulties are only set to continue. Over 1300 schools now use the Cornerstones Curriculum and Curriculum Maestro to reduce unnecessary workload. Teachers and leaders tell us that they appreciate everything being in once place, as well as the reassurance that content is linked to a progression framework. These features, and many more, will free you and your staff to focus on what matters most at this critical time.
Here’s how we can help you to recover.
The Cornerstones Curriculum is housed on Curriculum Maestro. It includes over 100 projects and 2000 teaching resources, developed for children from Nursery to Year 6. The themes are exciting and diverse, helping to capture children’s imaginations and stimulate curiosity. Although designed for in class teaching, many schools have continued to deliver the projects virtually as home learning. All content is adaptable, so you can make it bespoke and relevant for your children. For example, you could include content that explores their lockdown experiences.
There are opportunities throughout the curriculum to support children’s understanding of important themes and concepts, such as emotions, change, connections, significance and comparison. This is done through 10 Cornerstones’ Big ideas, which are global themes and concepts that thread coherently across subjects, projects and year groups. Exploring these themes is particularly useful during the recovery process.
As mentioned in my previous blog, pedagogy plays an underrated part in your recovery. The Cornerstones Curriculum follows a four-stage pedagogy, known as the Four Cornerstones: Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. This offers a clear direction for learning and engages children from the start, with each stage developing specific skills, knowledge and experience. The approach provides structure during the recovery process, enabling deep work, collaboration, creative thinking, self-expression and efficacy.
Children will need a rich vocabulary to help them get back on track and articulate what they have experienced. On Curriculum Maestro, teachers can access high quality lesson resources that are both visually inspiring and knowledge rich. Glossaries, word banks and vocabulary-rich texts encourage children to enjoy learning and practicing new words.
We designed the Cornerstones Curriculum to be connected and sequenced to support children’s progress over time. Larger concepts, subject aspects and key skills and knowledge are carefully built upon, providing rich coverage.
The curriculum is housed on an online system, Curriculum Maestro, which automatically links your content to a skills and knowledge framework. This is a great ally in your recovery, as it gives you the power to find out what the children have missed and what to do about it.
To spot these gaps, Maestro includes easy to use subject coverage gap analysis tools. You can then see where these gaps will be revisited or reassigned to other projects, which is extremely useful for busy subject leaders and teachers trying to plan for September.
This short video shows a few of the many ways Curriculum Maestro can support planning, teaching and learning during this recovery process.
Each lesson includes a View Progression feature, so that you can select the right objectives for your class, groups or individuals. This feature is already being used by schools, but will come to the fore during recovery, helping you to address even wider learning needs.
Later, if you want to use tests to help you judge children’s learning gaps in core skills, we have a complete suite of maths, reading and SPaG tests available on Curriculum Maestro. These are child friendly and can be delivered in a way that suits your children – even in small chunks. All tests link to your teacher assessment.
You may need flexibility in your timetable for planning additional learning support. Our new knowledge-rich projects (KRPs) provide that space for you, as they are more compact and concise, fully resourced and cover the essential knowledge and skills required within each subject. You’ll be able to ensure deeper coverage and have time to address other priorities.
To learn how Curriculum Maestro and the Cornerstones Curriculum can help your school to get back on track, book a one to one online demo to explore all the features, get a quote for your school and tell us what you need.