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26: How connected is your curriculum?

In this podcast, Caroline and Mel explore the importance of designing a well-connected and robust curriculum framework. They also highlight the different ways that connections are built into the Cornerstones Curriculum, helping children deepen their knowledge and skills.


25: Teaching the First World War in a primary classroom

In this short podcast, host Caroline Pudner talks to Melanie Moore about the special project, Fallen Fields, which has recently been updated to coincide with the Armistice Centenary. Melanie talks us through the project and its incredible resources, and offers useful tips about how to teach it with both primary and secondary children.


24: How to set up continuous and enhanced provision in the Early Years

This podcast features Emma Reynolds, an Assistant Headteacher and EYFS leader across three schools with over 20 years experience. Emma talks to host Caroline Pudner about the importance of good quality continuous and enhanced provision in Early Years settings, and what to consider when planning, resourcing and managing them.


23: Testing and assessment: making it meaningful

This podcast features part of our exclusive interview with Ofsted’s Director of Education, Sean Harford (for the first part, see podcast edition 19). This time, the conversation focuses on the sticky but crucial subject of assessment and its place in the curriculum. Cornerstones 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.


22: Cornerstones in action: Spilsby Primary Academy

Melanie Moore visits Spilsby Primary Academy in Lincolnshire to talk to headteacher, Andy Clark and Mel Standbrook, the Chair of Governors. The school have taken on the Cornerstones Curriculum and adapted it in creative ways to suit their school. They discuss how they have approached this and share tips for successful homework, project books and planning across year groups.


21: How to choose the best primary teaching resources

Host Caroline Pudner talks to Curriculum Manager, Catherine Scutt, who leads the resource team at Cornerstones. They discuss the important role that resources play in supporting a coherent curriculum and what to consider when choosing them. Catherine also describes the quality control process that her team follows to create the resources for the Cornerstones Curriculum.


20: ‘Children only have one childhood and we have a responsibility to get it right’ Melanie Moore explains what’s at the heart of the Cornerstones Curriculum

Host Caroline Pudner talks to Creative Director and author of the Cornerstones Curriculum, Melanie Moore. Mel explains the inspiration behind it, the principles it is built upon and how her passion for helping children enjoy learning through experience has come to fruition, thanks to the incredible work of thousands of senior leaders, teachers and children.


19: An interview with Sean Harford, Ofsted’s National Director of Education

Episode 19 of The Curriculum features an exclusive interview with Sean Harford, recorded at Westminster in May 2018. We took the opportunity to raise some important questions about Ofsted’s curriculum work and to gain a sense of what might feature in the new inspection framework. Sean Harford’s guidance is straight-to-the-point and offers an insight into the future of the curriculum in England’s primary schools.


18: Coherent curriculums: Why are they important?

Episode 18 of The Curriculum explores the benefits of having a coherent curriculum in place, supported by high quality resources. Host Melanie Moore talks to Caroline Pudner about the recent curriculum report from Policy Exchange, and her own experience of the pitfalls of not having a coherent curriculum in place. They also share some top tips for ensuring coherence in school.


17: Coherent curriculums: how to be part of the curriculum revolution

Episode 17 of The Curriculum explores how a coherent curriculum can help a school make remarkable progress. Host Caroline Pudner talks to Bev Dodd – School Leader and Education Consultant at Cornerstones. They discuss Bev’s latest visit to an exemplary primary school in Rochdale, who have moved from Special Measures to Outstanding in a relatively short space of time.


16: Beyond the word wall: building vocabulary in the classroom

Episode 16 of The Curriculum examines the curriculum requirements for building vocabulary and offers advice to teachers. Host Melanie Moore talks to Amy McCaw and Caroline Pudner – both primary teachers, English specialists and Cornerstones Consultants. They discuss the challenges teachers face in helping children build a varied vocabulary, and share creative, proven tips for how to foster a love of words in the classroom.


15: Teaching English across the primary curriculum

Episode 15 of The Curriculum explores how English can be taught across the curriculum in primary schools, with host Melanie Moore talking to Amy McCaw, primary teacher, English specialist and Cornerstones consultant. Issues discussed include what English across the curriculum looks like, the benefits of this approach and practical advice for teachers.


14: The importance of History in the primary curriculum

Episode 14 of The Curriculum explores the place and importance of history in the primary curriculum, with host Melanie Moore talking to Al Ritchie, primary teacher, history specialist and Cornerstones consultant. Issues explored include the importance of history, how to teach chronology and overcoming barriers to teacher expertise.


13: The importance of science in the primary curriculum

Episode 13 of The Curriculum explores the place and importance of science in the primary curriculum, with host Melanie Moore talking to Dr Fran Barnes, expert in primary science and author of the Love to Investigate series. Issues explored include the importance of science, how to overcome barriers to teaching science and teacher expertise.


12: Imagineering, uncharted territories and adventures in learning with Hywel Roberts

Episode 12 of The Curriculum is the second episode with special guest, Hywel Roberts. He talks about his ‘Imagineering’ work with schools and how this can set teachers imaginations free to create exciting learning. It’s fascinating to hear Hywel talk us through his ideas, so it’s a big thank you to him for joining us on the show for the second time.


11: Implementing the six steps of curriculum design

Episode 11 of The Curriculum provides explores The Six Steps of Curriculum Design™ with Cornerstones Education Consultant Janet Carroll. In this episode Janet talks about the importance of curriculum principles, breadth and balance, planning and resourcing.


10: Community, philosophy and inspiration in education with Hywel Roberts

Episode 10 of The Curriculum is the first of three episodes we’ve recorded with special guest, Hywel Roberts. He talks about his journey in education, including some of the people who have inspired him along the way and his own philosophy on teaching. It’s absolutely fascinating to hear Hywel talk us through his career so far, so a big thank you to him for joining us on the show.


09: How to teach and cover the 'cultural' in children's SMSC development

Episode 9 of The Curriculum podcast follows up on last week’s introduction to SMSC and fundamental British values. This time we focus specific on the ‘cultural’ part of SMSC. We look at how Ofsted refers to it, what it means for schools and how school leaders and teachers can build the cultural aspects of SMSC into their curriculum. This is an episode full of tangible ideas and takeaways for schools. If you’ve been wondering how to make cultural activities part of your everyday teaching,...


08: An introduction to SMSC and fundamental British values

Episode 8 of The Curriculum podcast provides an introduction to teaching children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC), and fundamental British values (FBV). We cover what those things mean, their impact on children’s learning, and how schools can make sure they cover the requirements set out by Ofsted. Here at Cornerstones, we’ve been working on SMSC and FBV a lot over the last 12 months. That includes explaining how the Cornerstones Curriculum incorporates SMSC to...


07: The impact of a broad and balanced curriculum with Lyn McNamara of Probus Primary School

Episode 7 of The Curriculum podcast is here and it features a fantastic interview with Lyn McNamara, who has more than 25 years of experience in education. Topics include defining what a curriculum should be and do, the importance of having literacy running right through a curriculum, and the impact a broad and balanced curriculum can have on a school. Lynn has been substantive head at a number of schools in the North of England and Cornwall. She was an HMI in the South West and is now...