Posts Categorised: EYFS

New Reception ILPs available June 2017

Our new and updated Reception ILPs bring our EYFS curriculum bang up to date and include many new features linked to feedback from schools (requests for the ELG to be identified) and responses to national initiatives (the identification of SMSC and FBV in children’s learning.) These changes and the additional new features listed below,...

Cornerstones Book Club – review of Snow by Sam Usher

We may not have had a white Christmas this year but the latest book reviewed as part of Cornerstones Book Club is all about the white stuff. Snow by Sam Usher is a wonderful picture book suitable for Foundation Stage children and links perfectly with our Nursery ILP, Where does snow go? Here’s what...

Cornerstones Book Club – review of Oi Frog! by Kes Gray and Jim Field

review of oi frog!
The latest title to be reviewed as part of the Cornerstones Book Club is the picture book Oi Frog! by Kes Gray and Jim Field. It's perfect for Foundation Stage and KS1 children and it links with our Nursery ILP, Are eggs alive? Here’s what Waterstones bookseller Leilah Skelton had to say about the book… Look at this book!...

Wonders never cease! Encouraging a sense of wonder in the classroom

This week, guest writer John Dabell examines why it is important to encourage a sense of wonder in the classroom and why you should let children develop their curiosity, wherever it takes them. If something or someone can wow you, render you speechless and make your heart leap up, then that’s wonder doing its...

Cornerstones Book Club – review of The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo

review of the colour thief
In this week's book review, Waterstones bookseller Leilah Skelton gives her verdict on The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo, a picture book suitable for Key Stage 1 children. Let a Colour Thief steal your heart! The Colour Thief combines beautiful illustrations in engaging spreads with a quietly effectual message about greed, the nature of happiness,...

Outdoor learning – out of their minds

In today's blog post, guest writer John Dabell looks at the importance of learning outside the classroom and how outdoor learning can benefit both children and teachers alike. There is nothing better than an empty classroom. Most teachers love an empty classroom. It’s probably the best part of being a teacher, in fact –...

Cornerstones Book Club – review of Love Monster and the Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright

review of love monster and the last chocolate
Waterstones bookseller, Leilah Skelton, regularly reads and reviews the very latest books, with children’s books being a particular favourite. Here, she gives her verdict on Love Monster and the Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright, which is suitable for Foundation Stage children. There is nothing sweeter than sharing! Rachel Bright is not only Bright by...

New to Cornerstones? Here are our top tips to get you started

September is once again upon us, bringing with it a new school year and for some, a brand new curriculum to teach in school. If you’re new to the Cornerstones Curriculum however – don’t worry! We’ve compiled our top tips to help get you started on your Cornerstones journey. Pick your projects Once you’ve...

Reception activity – Baa bingo!

free reception activity
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...

Top 5 tips for managing enhanced provision in EYFS

managing enhanced provision
What is enhanced provision? If your answer is something along the lines of ‘it’s when themed resources are added to continuous provision’ or ‘it’s a way of adding more challenge to continuous provision’ then you’re probably on the right tracks. One of the most challenging aspects of enhanced provision for any practitioner is finding...