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.

Put more art and design into your primary curriculum

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced. A full curriculum includes the statutory teaching of the subject ‘Art and design’ although you’d be forgiven for thinking this is not true, as… Read more

Loathe lengthy planning? We can help!

Planning is a hot topic nowadays. How much? How little? What is effective and what is simply paperwork? A recent Government report highlighted the issue of teacher workload and mentioned planning as an area for serious review. Here, Caroline Pudner, Curriculum Consultant at Cornerstones, shares her perspective. Wasting time? As a teacher, I spent many… Read more

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

free reception activity

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

managing enhanced provision

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