Last year my team and I produced our own writing exemplifications based upon children in our own school. We felt that the current exemplification materials from the Dfe, although recently updated, did not reflect writing opportunities within our school. We moderated and levelled examples of children’s writing using the development matter statements as well as … More Progression of writing
This week we continued to follow the children’s interests into fireworks. Over the past few weeks the children have created lots of fireworks using junk modelling, paint, chalks and pastels. The children have become very independent in selecting the tools and resources they need to create their pictures, so this week I decided to add … More Creating art by using different tools!
The children came back after half term to a pirate ship that had ‘run a ground!’ in our playground! It’s the beginning of our topic “adventures at sea” that will take us to lots of exciting places that tie in to all the celebrations this half term… The children have to crack the code Pirate … More Adventures at sea!
So half way through Autumn Term 2 and the children have been very busy exploring and getting to know the different resources on offer. Our provision has changed somewhat as to when the children started with us back in September. We have moved various pieces of furniture around in order to define nooks for children … More Adapting our Provision!
This time of year we have had so much fun in setting up Halloween themed activities for the children to investigate and explore. There are so many talented and creative practioners out there whose ideas we magpie, adapt and use within our provision, Pinterest is a valuable resource that gives us inspiration in the strangest … More Halloween Fun!
Something I really believe in is making our classroom environments personalised and focused around the children. As a team we believe the children should have ownership of their own learning environment as this helps to engage and involve them in their learning. Setting up classrooms at the beginning of an academic year can be tough… … More Child Centered Classroom Environments
I know with so many children starting school for the first time, lots of us will be battling the sterotype of teachers within the EYFS and the children “playing all day long”. We as teachers all know that children learn best through play and playful activities. So when children go to school, although they may … More Learning not just playing!
It is only in the last few years that I have discovered the wonderful maths resource called Numicon. This year, I can honestly say I have used it as part of our continuous maths provision. At school, my LSAs were offered Numicon training. Two sessions later and they came back raving and waving the resources and … More I love Numicon!
I like to create environment displays that are interactive and capture children’s imagination. The displays need to be flexible and support the continuous provision that is available, from bat caves to cascading waterfalls, cosy reading nooks to exploding volcanoes! Each display within my learning environment has a purpose, whether it is to showcase children’s work or … More Exciting learning environment displays!
The children came back after the half term to find eggs in the middle of the learning room, a colleague and I have found them earlier on this morning and thought we had heard a scratching noise coming from inside so we cordoned off the area with tape and warning signs. The children spent the … More What is in the eggs?