Welcome back to the start of a new school year. Hopefully, you’re feeling refreshed and reinvigorated after a restful summer break. Here at Cornerstones, we’ve been busy preparing for the new school year and have been working on lots of exciting things we think you’ll love.
Here are some of the highlights of what’s new this month.
Updated Fallen Fields
November marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. To help mark this important anniversary we are updating our ‘Fallen Fields’ project for Upper Key Stage 2. Fully resourced, the project includes information texts, picture cards, poems and reading comprehension booklets. So, keep space in your curriculum and visit The Hub towards the end of September to download.
Managing and reducing teacher workload is a key priority for us all. This month the government released its Workload reduction toolkit aimed at providing support for schools to review and streamline workload through solution-focused and collaborative discussions. This is accompanied by a short advisory document with tips from school leaders on ways to reduce workload. The section on curriculum planning highlights the importance of planning sequences of lessons rather than individual ones, the availability of schemes of work and making sure that teachers have access to highly effective resources. Here at Cornerstones we already provide these three key components but will be working this year to do even more to reduce teacher workload for schools using the Cornerstones Curriculum.
Our September assemblies include the themes ‘Setting goals’, ‘National Read a Book Day’, ‘Roald Dahl Day’, ‘International Dot Day’ and ‘International Day of Peace’. All available to download from The Hub. Thank you to Angela Euesden, Headteacher at Fawbert & Barnard Infants' school for this lovely feedback, it is very much appreciated: ‘Can I just say, loving the assemblies, so quick and easy to use. It saves so much time. Thanks.’
EYFS podcast ‘How to set up continuous and enhanced provision in the Early Years’
Thank you to Emma Reynolds, Assistant Headteacher and Early Years Lead, for joining us over the summer to record this super podcast, full of helpful anecdotes and good advice on managing continuous and enhanced provision in the Early Years. Listen out for the candid approach to questioning too; this rang some bells for me as a previous Early Years teacher. Thanks for giving up your time, Emma!
Six steps of curriculum design – part one
Take a look at our new ‘Principles and purpose workbook’, part one of our ‘Six steps of curriculum design’ series. Use the workbook to revisit the intent of your curriculum and stimulate interesting discussions for new staff. It is also available as a presentation with accompanying work cards. Available on The Hub.
Nursery ILPs for Welsh schools
Now available for our Welsh schools, are our new Nursery ILPs, which have a range of new resources and include the new project ‘Can I have a dog?’ All are available to download now from The Hub.
Take a look at our new ‘Lead your learning’ display packs, designed to create working walls with a splash of colour and inspiration. Use the cards to help children consider ways to develop their ideas, reflect on their learning and think about new ways to present their ideas. Available for KS1 and KS2.
Finally, some schools have been asking us whether we are planning to create knowledge organisers for our projects. This is something we will be developing over the course of the autumn term. Look out for our Year 5 and 6 knowledge organisers coming soon.