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.
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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

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Reception activity – Transport hunt!

Ask the children to guess how many vehicles they might see in and around school. Walk around the school grounds, visit the car park and bike racks and spend time looking at the vehicles that pass by. Use the included picture spotting sheet to create a tally of what they see. Then ask them to… Read more

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Nursery activity – Up, up and away!

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

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