Pizza Hut Mud Kitchen

Pizza Hut Mud Kitchen

I saw this fab idea this morning on Twitter, and just knew that the children in my FS2 setting would love this…

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Please forgive me I can’t remember which school it was …

I was out visiting another school and nursery this morning so decided to swing by Pizza Hut and ask if they had any Pizza boxes that we could have for our mud kitchen! They were so very generous and had a huge pile for me to “take away” (excuse the pun!!)

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Message in a bottle

Message in a Bottle

I’m always thinking of exciting and engaging ways to get young children to write that has meaningful purpose with an element of creativity chucked in!

Whilst out and about I happened to come across these lovely little bottles… they started my creative juices going and “EYFS Message in a bottle was created!”

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It’s not just a box Video…

I added a post earlier about the role play I witnessed this afternoon! I managed to capture a little of this on video…

Here we go https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmnyLiCJgS0&feature=youtu.be 

Please like and share!

And remember don’t ever say “It’s just a box!”

TaTa for now xx

Anna Ephgrave- Guest Blog “In The Moment”

I am very excited to welcome the lovely Anna Ephgrave this morning…

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If you would like to read more about Anna’s work and philosophy please pop over to …

http://www.freedomtolearn.co.uk/

Introduction

If you visited the nursery class at Carterhatch Infant School, you would see 45 children who are purposeful, calm, confident and independent.  You would see adults moving to where the children are engaged and interacting with them as they play.  You would see a superb environment that is equipped to meet the needs, interests and stages of development of each child. You would see children who are making outstanding progress.

You would not see any forward planning, nor would you see any focus activities and you would not see adults telling children which activity to do.

To work in this way involves complex arrangements and yet the reasoning is simple.  After more than 25 years teaching I am confident that this child-led approach to teaching in the early years (including Reception) is best for the children. 

In summary this is my pedagogy:-

Children are born with a natural desire to explore and learn and practitioners can support them in this.  We do this by creating an enabling environment (both physical and emotional) and through the relationships and interactions that the children experience.  We do not plan ahead, rather we remain “in the moment” with the children as they explore and learn.  We observe carefully, and enhance the learning whenever we spot a “teachable moment”.  Our observations, interactions and the outcomes are recorded afterwards.

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Boy’s writing

The Tunnel

When my little boy was in reception I couldn’t have told you whether he was left or right handed. He would barely pick up a pencil, let alone sit and do any writing!

On parent meetings I would open his learning journal to find blank pages staring back at me! What I did find were copious observations and “Child speech” bubbles where I could see how the teachers/TA’s had questioned his learning and taken the learning to him!

He has the most amazing imagination, and what he can’t make out of a toilet roll tube isn’t worth it’s salt!

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