What’s new – October 2018

Well, I can’t believe October is here already. The month of crispy leaves, hot chocolate and pumpkins. Where did the time go? Here at Cornerstones, we are fully into the swing of things, in fact, I’ve already spotted some Christmas resources in creation on our designers' desks – sorry to mention the C word already!


Don’t forget that UK Parliament Week begins on 12th November.

Our Democracy Rules pack will help children make sense of issues around parliament, elections, democracy and rule of law. Free to all schools using the Cornerstones Curriculum, the pack includes projects for EYFS to Y6. Great for a whole school focus!

Here’s what else is new this month.


NEW! Year 5 and 6 knowledge organisers – uploaded to The Hub by the end of the month

Our knowledge organisers are intended to be given to children at the start of a project to help them get an overview of their topic. The organisers set out the key knowledge and information children will study and include dates, maps, diagrams and topic related glossaries. We do not advocate everything being included in the knowledge organisers, as we believe that this would take away opportunities for discovery and investigation. We’ll be recording a podcast about ways to use our knowledge organisers at the end of this month, so have a listen if you’re interested in getting started with them.


Fallen Fields – teaching children about the First World war

Our fully resourced UKS2 history project, Fallen Fields, is now available on The Hub to download. This project is an excellent way to teach children about the causes and impact of the war and how it affected the lives of people living in the United Kingdom.


New! The Curriculum magazine

The third edition of The Curriculum magazine is now ready to download and read. This edition focuses on the key issue of workload and has plenty of interesting articles and free downloads included.


The Curriculum podcast

Have you listened to The Curriculum podcast yet? The series has now had over 10,000 downloads and was recently featured in the top 20 educational podcasts. Our top episodes so far, have been episode 19, an interview with Sean Harford, National Director of Education, Ofsted and episode 20, my inspiration behind the Cornerstones Curriculum. Click on the image above to hear our latest podcast, episode 25: Teaching the First World War in a primary classroom.


October assemblies

This month’s assemblies include International Walk to School Month, World Animal Day, World Smile Day, Global Handwashing Day and World Apple Day and are ready and waiting for you in the assemblies folder on The Hub. We’ve also included an assembly planner so you can see what’s coming up in future months.


New! Resources

To help save you time, we’ve created handy resource lists for each project. These outline all the practical resources you’ll need to prepare for a project and also signposts any teaching resources that are available on The Hub. Also, we’ve created new editable resource packs. These are a collection of blank templates into which you can create your own resources. Both the practical resource lists and editable resource packs are available for every ILP, from Nursery to Year 6, and can be found in each ILP area.

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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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