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.

Episode 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.

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.