Posts Categorised: Key Stage 1

Cornerstones Book Club – Maps by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinska

review of Maps by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinska
The latest book reviewed for Cornerstones Book Club is Maps by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinska. This gorgeously, engaging book is suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 children. Here’s what Waterstones bookseller Leilah Skelton, has to say about it… Much Amazing Pictorial Splendour (MAPS) I sometimes buy children’s books because they can often be...

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!...

Cornerstones Book Club – review of The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

review of the day the crayons quit
This week's book review, courtesy of Waterstones bookseller Leilah Skelton, is of The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. It's a delightful picture book that would suitable to read to a Key Stage 1 class or to provoke deeper discussion or writing with Key Stage 2 children. Here's what Leilah has...

Get into the festive spirit with our new Christmas themed book packs

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and with Christmas just around the corner, now is the time to start planning for this jolliest of seasons. Books are a brilliant way of getting into the festive spirit and there are some really excellent Christmas books for children that can do just that. That’s...

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,...

New book packs now available as part of Cornerstones Book Club – order yours now!

Cornerstones Book Club is about promoting and providing the very best children’s books. As part of that, we’ve curated a range of book packs, designed to save you time while making sure the best children's literature is at the heart of the curriculum. ILP book packs In partnership with Waterstones, our ILP book packs...

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 –...

Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot – free audio resource to help teach the story behind Bonfire Night

It’s that time of year again – the weather's turning colder, the nights are drawing in, and Bonfire Night is just around the corner. It’s an exciting time of year but what’s the story behind the bonfire? Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot To help introduce the story of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot...

Prepare your children for the new style SATs with Cornerstones Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar tests

Cornerstones brand new Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) tests are designed to be used as a summative test at the end of every term. They support classroom assessment and provide a suitable challenge for your children while maintaining their self-esteem and confidence. Each test mirrors the style of the 2016 SATs papers and has...