Invite the children to look at a variety of aerial photographs – there are some brilliant photos available online to buy from school resource companies. Use images that are a good size and show buildings and land features clearly. Let the children look closely at the photographs and ask questions about what they can see.… Read more
Gather children in a small group to explore what happens when chocolate melts and freezes. Encourage the children to observe what happens as chocolate drops melt in a bowl (melt the chocolate over a bowl of hot water with caution). While the chocolate is still melted, offer the children the chance to pour it into… Read more
On a trip to the seaside, provide our fantastic collecting sheets for children to seek, find and pick up a range of interesting things from the seashore. Provide easy grip tweezers, buckets, small rakes and trowels for digging and carrying. Alternatively, create your own seashore environment using play sand, pebbles, shells, driftwood, crabs and seaweed.… Read more
Create a large number square in the hall or outdoor space using chalk or by placing numbered mats on the ground. Encourage the children to walk, hop or skip as they follow the numbers in sequence. Give more challenging and targeted commands, such as, ‘Run to square number 6,’ or ‘Hop to square number 4′.… Read more
Display pictures of fantasy castles along with small wooden blocks, cylinders and other 3-D shapes. Ask a small group of children to choose one of the castle pictures to copy and encourage them to use shape-related and positional language as they build. See how well they work together with others. Switch the lights off at… Read more
We’re feeling generous and giving you the chance to get your hands on free EYFS lesson plans and resources, ready for September. Every day, we’ll be featuring one of our new Nursery or Reception Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) and giving you the chance to try out some of the activities included in them. Here’s a… Read more
Every Imaginative Learning Project (ILP) in the Cornerstones EYFS Curriculum features an Innovate stage, one of four stages that make up our teaching and learning philosophy. We sometimes get asked for ideas about arranging and organising Innovate activities, so we thought we’d give you some options.