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.

Nursery activity – Chocolate bunnies

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

Nursery activity – Seaside collectors

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

Nursery activity – Maths on the move!

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

Nursery activity – Castle builders!

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