How Curriculum Maestro can help you prepare for your school’s recovery



01st July 2020

How Curriculum Maestro can help you prepare for your school’s recovery

In my previous blog about a recovery curriculum, I talked you through the five levers of a sensitively planned recovery roadmap. Here, we’ll look at how the Cornerstones Curriculum 2022 and our online curriculum platform, Curriculum Maestro, can help ease the process.

How Curriculum Maestro can help you prepare for your school’s recovery

Breathing space

Teacher workload has been a very real challenge during this pandemic and these difficulties are only set to continue. Over 1600 schools now use the Cornerstones Curriculum and Curriculum Maestro to make life easier. Teachers and leaders tell us that they appreciate everything being in one 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 as we move through this critical period in education.

Here’s how we can help your school to recover.


1. Reengage children with an inspiring curriculum

Engaging and flexible

Cornerstones Curriculum 22 is housed on Curriculum Maestro. This curriculum is fully sequenced, engaging and interconnected. It offers schools both single and mixed-aged models, is fully resourced and has been expertly written 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 lessons can be tailored at a ‘finer detail’ level, so you can make them bespoke and relevant for your children. For example, you could include content that explores their lockdown experiences.

Important concepts

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. 

Purposeful pedagogy

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 will provide structure during your recovery process, enabling deep work, collaboration, creative thinking, self-expression and efficacy.

Vocabulary rich

Children will need a rich vocabulary to help them get back on track and articulate what they have experienced. On Curriculum Maestro, you can access a full curriculum in which we have identified and mapped out the key vocabulary for you, in a sequence, to help children build on their vocabulary over time. Each project has high-quality lesson resources that are both visually inspiring and knowledge-rich. Glossariesword banks and vocabulary-rich texts encourage children to enjoy learning and practising new words.


2. Acknowledge and address learning gaps

A connected, sequenced curriculum

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.

Identifying curriculum gaps

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 ahead.

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.

Appropriate testing

Later, if you wanto 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.

Less is more

You’ll probably need flexibility in your timetable for planning additional learning support. The knowledge-rich projects in Curriculum 22 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.

Want to see it for yourself?

Are you interested in seeing exactly how Curriculum Maestro and the Cornerstones Curriculum can help your school’s recovery?  Book a one to one online demo to tell us your needs, explore the features and get a quote for your school.

This blog was last updated in July, 2021

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