Random act of kindness day – free resources!

It's Random Act of Kindness day 2017 and to celebrate we're giving away 8 fantastic resources from our Cornerstones Curriculum.

Nursery activity – Did dragons exist? – 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 the end of the session and provide battery-powered tea lights to illuminate the castle. Gorgeous!

Download a handy PDF version of this activity for you to keep.


Reception activity – Do cows drink milk? – Baa bingo!

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 PDF version of this activity, along with the bingo cards, for you to keep.

You can also download a whiteboard presentation featuring the animal sounds.


Year 1 – Memory box – Mnemonics presentation

Introduce your Year 1 children to mnemonics with our free presentation. The presentation includes fun examples of mnemonics to help children understand what they are.

The presentation provides a great starting point to encourage children to spell common exception words correctly, which is part of the Year 1 curriculum. Once children understand the concept, they’ll have lots of fun creating their own examples of mnemonics.

Download a handy PDF version of the presentation.


Year 2 – Bounce – All about sport A5 booklet

Written specifically for Year 2 children, our free reading booklet is a perfect introduction to sports. It includes information about how to play different sports, famous competitions and some amazing facts! Children can read and talk about their favourite pages and explain their understanding of what they have read, with growing confidence. The booklet also includes a contents page and glossary to help children learn about the different features included in non-fiction books.

The booklet is linked to the Cornerstones Curriculum Year 2 topic, Bounce, but would tie in perfectly with our special Rio Olympics projects too.

Download a PDF version of the A5 booklet.


Year 3 – Tremors – Information sheet on the main types of rock

Find out about how igneous rocks are formed with this free resource, linked to our Year 3 ILP, Tremors. Perfect for developing the children’s retrieval and recording skills (a Year 3 requirement), this information sheet includes clear diagrams and simple explanations for the children to follow.

Ask the children to explain in their own words how igneous rocks are formed, recording their ideas in note form. Can they also find out how sedimentary and metamorphic rocks are formed? Information about the formation of sedimentary rocks and metamorphic rocks is available on The Hub.

Download your handy PDF version of the information sheet.


Year 4 – Burps, Bottoms and Bile – Information sheet on animal digestive systems

As part of the Year 4 curriculum, children need to identify differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes. This resource is ideal for helping children to identify key similarities and differences in the size and number of main digestive system organs between different animals and animals and humans.

Our free information sheet explains how a chicken’s digestive system works and is linked to our Year 4 ILP, Burps, Bottoms and Bile. Children can use this and a range of non-fiction books to compare a chicken’s digestive system with those of other animals, including humans.

Information about a snake and cow’s digestive system is also available on The Hub.

Download your handy PDF version of the information sheet.


Year 5 – Stargazers – Meet Galileo Galilei video

Meet Galileo Galilei, hailed as the ‘father’ of modern observational astronomy, in our free video. Linked to our Year 5 ILP, Stargazers, this video is packed full of facts and information about Galileo and is an entertaining resource to help children describe how a significant individual has influenced the UK and the wider world.

Allow children time to watch and re-watch the video, then use other non-fiction sources to find out even more about Galileo, his life, work and ground-breaking discoveries. Ask children to think about why his work was so controversial at the time, and present their ideas on a mind map.

Watch the video below or click here to view the video on YouTube.


Year 6 – Blood Heart – Non-chronological report on the heart

Learn about the heart, with our free non-chronological report, linked to our Year 6 ILP, Blood heart. Written specifically for Year 6 children, and using specialist scientific vocabulary, it’s a great resource to develop children’s retrieval and comprehension skills.

Allow less able or confident readers to access the text by directing them to specific sections. Perhaps they could concentrate on the fun facts, focus on a specific paragraph or use the resource to identify the different features included in non-fiction reports?

Download your handy PDF version of the report.


Cornerstones EYFS Curriculum

The Cornerstones EYFS Curriculum is a new creative curriculum that gives you everything you need to create your own stimulating, engaging and aspirational Early Years environment. It features 28 ILPs (14 Nursery and 14 Reception), all crafted and themed around children’s questions and the world around them.

It’s been carefully designed with practitioners in mind, with the projects providing a range of quality group and enhanced provision activities. These enable children to practise and master the necessary skills needed to achieve the early learning goals.

Cornerstones Curriculum

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a broad and balanced, knowledge and skills based curriculum with a creative edge. Comprising of over 80 themed projects and 1000s of lesson ideas mapped to the national curriculum. Schools that purchase the Cornerstones Curriculum get one year’s free access to The Hub.

The Hub is our online portal for schools using Cornerstones. It includes a wide range of features, from our popular coverage checker and Gap analysis, to over 1000 bespoke teaching resources that help bring the curriculum to life.

Every teacher in your school will get full access through their own user account and because The Hub is online, you can log in at any time and from anywhere. Even better, it’s designed to work well on any device – computer, tablet or smartphone.

Schools also have access to specialist advice from our team of teachers and subject specialists, as well as technical support during school hours.

Find out more about Cornerstones Curriculum and The Hub.