How to implement the Cornerstones Curriculum 22


22nd July 2021

How to implement the Cornerstones Curriculum 22

Looking to implement the fully sequenced Cornerstones Curriculum 22? The remaining projects will be released in phases over the next 12 months, but you can start to transition to this high-quality curriculum now. Here’s how.

How to implement the Cornerstones Curriculum 22

1. Sign up to Maestro

If you already have the online platform, Maestro, you can skip to the next step. Not on Maestro? Your school will need to purchase a licence for the platform. You’ll then have access to the Curriculum 22 projects, resources and much more.

2. Set up your curriculum

Login into Maestro and click on the Help Centre. Select Curriculum design>Your curriculum>Design a new curriculum. Here, you’ll find easy-to-follow steps on making Curriculum 22 live for your school. We have single and mixed-aged models available.

You’ll notice that many of the projects in Curriculum 22 are the ‘knowledge-rich projects’ on Maestro that you may have taught this year. These were always written to be part of a full curriculum sequence, so are now simply called Curriculum 22 projects.

IMPORTANT! The curriculum is purposefully ambitious to help you meet new national requirements, and some aspects may seem challenging for some children at first. This transition period is to be expected when implementing any new curriculum, particularly one that is sequenced and connected. However, over time, as children progress through the curriculum and it becomes more embedded across your school, children’s entry points to each year group’s curriculum will become stronger and smoother. This helpful blog by our Curriculum Director, Melanie Moore, explains more about how to meet the challenges as you implement Curriculum 22.

At this stage, read and share key information with colleagues, including the very handy curriculum and subject overviews. These are in the Library section on Maestro or you can download two examples below. It’s a good idea to browse the projects and resources and set up your teacher timetables, too.

Cornerstones Curriculum 22 Overview

Subject overview sample – Geography in Cornerstones Curriculum 22

3. Know what’s covered and how projects are being released

The main projects in Curriculum 22 are already on Maestro, but some of the mini projects will be added in phases over the next 12 months, ready for you to teach term by term. The curriculum will offer you full coverage for the EYFS, plus KS1 and KS2 maths (via White Rose Maths), geography, history, design and technology, art and design and science.

There are also rich English packs that you can use that are linked to projects. For subjects like music and PE, you can add lessons from external schemes onto Maestro. The platform will then monitor coverage and progression across every primary subject.

Everything is ready except for the mini science projects. We’ve included these as ‘placeholder projects’, but you’ll still see the objectives they cover. For autumn, simply choose from the Love to Investigate projects or create lessons on Maestro to match the objectives. We’ll be adding the science projects from spring 2022 onwards.

4. Learn about CurriculumPRO

CurriculumPRO is a brand new area on Maestro. It helps you to easily articulate the sequencing in and across subjects and aspects within Curriculum 22. This is vital, especially if you are due an inspection, and will put you in a strong position during subject deep dives. Find CurriculumPRO in the Maestro menu, along with a handy video guide in the Help Centre.

5. Get support if you need it

We’re always here to help, so do get in touch if you need any support to implement and embed the curriculum over time. Our office and Live Chat are open 8am–5pm during term time, and 8am–4pm during school holidays. You can also email, call us or book a demo if you want to arrange an online meeting for staff. Remember, once you’re on Maestro, all guidance is available 24/7 on the Help Centre, too.

Book a demo of Curriculum 22 and Maestro or find out more below.  

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