Posts tagged: Cornerstones Curriculum

A broad and balanced curriculum

What is a broad and balanced curriculum?

A broad and balanced curriculum provides children with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to develop into well-rounded, informed individuals. In my experience, there is little disagreement that a broad and balanced curriculum is best, but recent and increasing pressures around testing and assessment has, in some schools, caused a narrowing of the curriculum with little time for curriculum development.

Schools must plan curriculum and be able to show inspectors, says Harford

  Last week Sean Harford, Ofsted’s National Director of Education, spoke about Ofsted’s plans for inspection. He said Ofsted would increasingly look for evidence of ‘strategic decision-making’ in a school’s curriculum design, something that was likely to be part of a new inspection framework in September 2019. In his speech, Harford stated that leaders would… Read more

What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must now show how well they support children’s SMSC development. What does each aspect of SMSC include? At Cornerstones we define the aspects of SMSC as follows: Spiritual: The opportunity to explore beliefs, experience and faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about… Read more

Lighten the load – lesson planning

Teacher workload is at an all-time high. Stress, sickness, absence, and burn-out are all commonplace leading to a crisis in teacher recruitment and retention. For decades ‘excessive workload’ and ‘poor work/life balance’ issues have been ever-present in the news. Such matters have been chewed over and cried over by teachers, unions and government without ever… Read more

review of the day the crayons quit

Cornerstones Book Club – review of The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

This week’s book review, courtesy of Waterstones bookseller Leilah Skelton, is of The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. It’s a delightful picture book that would suitable to read to a Key Stage 1 class or to provoke deeper discussion or writing with Key Stage 2 children. Here’s what Leilah has to… Read more

review of the colour thief

Cornerstones Book Club – review of The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo

In this week’s book review, Waterstones bookseller Leilah Skelton gives her verdict on The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo, a picture book suitable for Key Stage 1 children. Let a Colour Thief steal your heart! The Colour Thief combines beautiful illustrations in engaging spreads with a quietly effectual message about greed, the nature of happiness, consideration… Read more

review of love monster and the last chocolate

Cornerstones Book Club – review of Love Monster and the Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright

Waterstones bookseller, Leilah Skelton, regularly reads and reviews the very latest books, with children’s books being a particular favourite. Here, she gives her verdict on Love Monster and the Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright, which is suitable for Foundation Stage children. There is nothing sweeter than sharing! Rachel Bright is not only Bright by name;… Read more