What’s new – July 2018

We’re almost at the final hurdle. The holidays are now firmly on the horizon and what a year!

It’s been a busy year at Cornerstones with more and more schools joining us on their curriculum journey. A warm welcome to all our new schools and a massive thank you to all of those staff who have welcomed us into their schools this year to see the fabulous curriculum work they are doing. It’s my personal goal in the new school year to visit even more schools and talk to them about ways in which we can make the curriculum even better.

Here are just some of the highlights of what’s new this month.

New project! Firedamp and Davy Lamps

New for Upper Key Stage 2, this project explores the history and place of the mining industry in the UK. Packed with great ideas and a comprehensive set of resources, you can download this project now from The Hub.


Our July assembly ‘Reflecting on the year’ helps you to take a look back with children at the achievements of the school year. The assembly comes with a colourful assembly board that you can use to engage the children and set the scene. Download it now from the Assemblies area on The Hub. A new assembly ‘Setting goals’ will be available later in the month ready for the start of the new term.

Cornerstones Instagram

As you sip a cocktail on the beach this summer, why not check out our new Instagram pages. Over the summer we’ll be adding photographs, free resources and display materials. Make sure you give us a like or a follow!

Principles and purpose

As part of our work around curriculum design, we’ll be uploading our new ‘Principles and purpose workbook’. Use it to discuss and review your curriculum principles with staff at the start of the new school year. The ‘Principles and purpose workbook’ will be available at the end of July from our new Curriculum design area on The Hub.

Explaining the Cornerstones Curriculum to parents and carers

If you're looking for a great way to show parents and carers what the Cornerstones Curriculum is all about, then take a look at our brand new curriculum website. It's full of information and a fantastic video outlining our pedagogy. You could link to it from the curriculum section of your own website.

An interview with Sean Harford

This podcast features the second part of our exclusive interview with Ofsted’s National Director of Education, Sean Harford (see podcast edition 19 for the first part). This time, the conversation focuses on the sticky but crucial subject of assessment and its place in the curriculum. Cornerstones Managing Director, Simon Hickton, asks Sean to explain his views on meaningful testing and the latest guidance to schools about what to consider when approaching assessment.

Some summer reading

And finally, we’ve come across a couple of useful reports that you might like to read. These are Balancing Adverse Childhood Experiences with HOPE, a report about the importance of positive experiences for children’s well-being and The Learning Curriculum, a report by the Institute for Teaching, about how children learn. To save you time, we’ve done a handy synopsis of each one which you can download here.

Finally, a great big well done for another year of inspirational teaching and making a difference. Have a great summer everyone.


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Melanie Moore

Mel is Curriculum Director and the author of the Cornerstones Curriculum. She writes, edits and oversees all curriculum materials and leads our creative team. Mel has over 20 years of primary teaching experience, including as a deputy headteacher. She has also been a teacher adviser and a local authority strategy adviser.

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