In the words of crime watch “Don’t have nightmares… Sleep Well!!” 

I am so excited to be going back to school to hear all of the excited stories about tales of Santa and Magic. 

I don’t know about you, but the night before the start of a new term, I always have really weird school related dreams. I also tend to wake about 4am with a to do list the length of my arm (usually of bits and bobs I’d planned to do in the Hollibobs but never quite got round to it!) my solution to this prob is to take a pad and pen to bed, jot down the ideas and then get straight back to the land of nod!

I’d love to hear that I’m not alone… Please leave a comment below to make me feel that I’m not a sleepwalking weirdo on my own!!!

Happy Spring term Y’all xx  


You know you’re an EYFS practitioner when…

You wake up on a Saturday morning still wearing a gorgeous bracelet a child has made you out of ribbon and beads and it’s so tight it has made your arm red and slightly swollen!!! 

Gotta love my job! 

Would love to hear your feed back on 

You know you’re a EYfS practitioner because…. (Please comment below) 

Happy Saturday from a very rainy West Sussex xxx 

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” Inspired Addition Game

I am a great believer in making learning fun, exciting and engaging for my children. We have loose topics that are based around the interests of the children, and this week our theme is “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory” Lots of our children have been talking about Charlie, so we decided to use this as a theme to hooks lots of learning onto.

The children have gone for it great guns, it’s only day two and already we’ve had lots of fab observations covering all of the characteristics of Effective Learning.

Despite having an “In the moment” kind of planning format, we also plan very carefully for our focussed sessions. Many of my followers often ask what we do, and how we do it. Each day we have a focused phonics, literacy and maths session. We plan very carefully to ensure it not a “Chalk and Talk” session, and that the children are as active and engaged as they possibly can be, whilst ensuring the learning is being firmly embedded.

In our maths focus today we used the idea of the chocolate game. I am sure many of you will have played this game at parties as youngsters, but basically you roll a dice, and if you roll a 6, you begin putting the hat, scarf and gloves on and begin eating the chocolate whilst the dice gets passed around until the next 6 is thrown.


We innovated this idea somewhat, and rolled the dice twice, and added together the two numbers rolled. If we could find the total, we then began to put on the hat, scarf and gloves. The dice was then passed to the next person in the circle. If they could too roll the dice and add the numbers they could then take charge of the hat/gloves etc. It was a fantastic game to play, as ALL children we involved and engaged. Even if they were not throwing the dice, they also had to add the numbers together to check the dice roller called out the correct answer.

It was lovely to see a competitive side come out in children who very rarely show this side of their character!

Once the game was finished I talked to the children and asked them what they thought they had learnt from this game… Their answers were amazing (I have taken a picture of these answers but they said …)

We were…

* Adding

* Counting on

* Racing against time

* Putting on gloves and hats

* Trying

* Being quick

* Having fun

* Taking turns

* Playing fair

* Reading dice


I love the fact that they are able to see the learning through their play and verbalise this.

On reflection of this activity, there are a couple of thing I would do differently should we play it again.

1. Smaller groups (we did it whole class, and although all of the children were engaged, it was a long time for them to wait their turn)

2. A blank dice written with higher numbers for more able

3. Use numicon to help some children who were struggling

Please feel free to use this game, do let me know how you get on

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…


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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What to do with a cable reel?

I have seen lots and lots of posts recently about “Cable reels” Until now I didn’t have the foggiest idea what a cable reel was, let alone what to do with it! It is now fair to say I think I could probably class myself as a cable reel expert! So fear not, if you like me, have had no clue, you too are soon to be an expert!

So first things first…

  • What on earth does one look like?

plain reel

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Outstanding Outdoor Area!

I couldn’t help but share this stunningly fabulous outdoor area with you! You may have read our guest blog earlier in the week from Anna Ephgrave from

Anna is an Assistant Head Teacher for the Early Years Foundation Stage at Carterhatch Infant School and Children’s Centres – an OUTSTANDING setting based in North London.

Here is a link to her outside area! It has been truly inspirational for us, and has really made us question and think about the provision we have for our children, and if and how we could make it even better. The thing I love about teaching is… We are always learning!

Enjoy x

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 

Please like and share!

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

TaTa for now xx