Melanie Moore

Mel is Director and EYFS specialist at Cornerstones. She writes most of our curriculum materials and leads our creative team. She has 20 years teaching experience, including as a deputy head teacher. She has also been a teacher adviser, a local authority strategy advisor and has worked for the QCA on national curriculum schemes of work.

Episode 12: Imagineering, uncharted territories and adventures in learning

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 pedagogy 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.

The Curriculum magazine – edition one

The Curriculum magazine is free to schools and is now available for you to read online. In Issue One we take a look at ways of promoting curiosity in the classroom, how to design your curriculum using our six-step approach, picture books with multiple meanings and much more. Read The Curriculum now  

The importance of continuous provision in the early years

Last month, Cornerstones released 30 updated EYFS curriculum projects featuring directed activities supported by ideas for continuous and enhanced provision. In this blog, experienced Early Years advisor and Cornerstones Director Melanie Moore discusses why continuous provision is so important for children’s early development – and how to get it right. Most Early Years practitioners recognise continuous… Read more

Knowledge and skills across the curriculum

Knowledge and skills across the curriculum

What does it mean to have a good education? Does it mean you have a store of useful information or a set of flexible skills that will help you manage change and adapt to an ever-changing world? While there has been much debate recently about the importance of knowledge and skills, if truth be told,… Read more

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.

Cornerstones - Six steps of Curriculum design.

How to design your curriculum

Six Steps of Curriculum Design Designing a curriculum is not easy. It is a complicated process that needs to be carefully thought through and involves much strategic decision making. With over 2000 schools now using the Cornerstones Curriculum, we have identified six crucial steps of effective curriculum design. These steps can be used by any… Read more

What are curriculum principles and why are they important?

Melanie Moore, author of the Cornerstones Curriculum, takes a look at curriculum principles and their importance. Recent commentary on the importance of curriculum by Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, has led to a renewed debate about the complexity of curriculum design. Before a school can begin to design its curriculum, it’s important that its principles… Read more