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.
what makes a great teacher

What makes a great teacher?

In our latest post, we look at what makes a great teacher and examine some of the qualities and characteristics that ‘great’ teachers often share. Being an outstanding teacher every minute of every day is both unrealistic and unsustainable. You’ll know because you’re there doing it, and it’s utterly exhausting. Giving ourselves permission to be real… Read more

On the road… a Cornerstones trip to Swansea

As curriculum director, I don’t usually have the opportunity to get out and about. Most days are spent behind the computer, researching and writing. And even though I love my job, when the opportunity arose to take my team to Swansea to share our new Welsh History and Culture pack with over 500 teachers at… Read more

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Reception activity – Baa bingo!

Give the children the included bingo cards with pictures of farm animals on and some counters. Play the recorded animal sounds provided. When children think they know which animal made the noise they can put a counter on the picture of that animal. Whoever covers a line first is the winner! Download a handy PDF… Read more

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Top 5 tips for managing enhanced provision in EYFS

We recently released 30 updated EYFS curriculum projects. Each one features directed activities, supported by ideas for continuous and enhanced provision. In this blog, experienced Early Years advisor and Cornerstones Director Melanie Moore shares her advice for getting the most out of your enhanced provision. What is enhanced provision? If your answer is something along… Read more

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Reception activity – Seashore food chains

Using the picture cards provided, ask the children to think about who eats who and to choose cards that match up. For example, a gull will eat small fish, seaweed or even leftover human food. A crab will eat sandworms and plankton. Observe the children’s choices, listen to their explanations and address any misconceptions. Provide… Read more

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Reception activity – Who am I?

Place the pictures of minibeasts provided in a series of secret envelopes. Pass the envelopes around a small circle of children. Ask each child to open their envelope and take out the picture inside, making sure they hide it from the other children. Encourage children to describe their minibeast by its appearance, special features and… Read more