Had a great day in a setting today looking at provision in Nursery, Reception and Year One. Thanks to Cally, Leanne and Sam for making me so welcome – again!
Saw some really inspiring practice and a setting where the environment alone was well on the way to painting an accurate and rich picture of the ethos, engagement and assessment that was regularly taking place.
There were loads of ideas that were worth pinching (with permission) but one that I hadn't seen before ( I am sure loads of people are probably doing it!) was the use of plastic fencing to 'zone' your outdoor space.
The beauty of it is that it is moveable and the children working in it or behind it are very visible whilst feeling secluded.
You could den make with it, weave through it…it has loads of potential. Ideally you would probably have something a bit more natural like willow but this is less expensive and far more flexible.
Cally had bright orange in her Nursery – great for a builder/roadwork theme. I did a Google search for ' plastic mesh fence ' and found loads in orange and also green.
It retails at about £20 a role and then you need to buy the posts to hold it in place and they are about £3 each for ones that are 1.5m tall. You just weave the post through the holes and then knock it into the ground. It is very easy!
Effective zoning in your outdoor space can really help to focus children on a task and also help to cut down on inappropriate running through your focused activities. At this sort of price it is definitely worth having a go.
Have had a couple of updates from Waterloo about their newest visitors. The fairies have indeed visited. The children knew this because they came in to find tiny bare footprints all over the tables and up the walls. The school sent me a video clip of the children discovering said footprints and it is brilliant. You can feel the excitement through the screen!
I also got this photograph of me talking to the children about the fact that I thought that there were fairies in their outdoor area.
I ran it through my special fairy detector machine and then sent it back to the children because as you will see from the photograph (top left) we clearly had some visitors during our entire conversation. Proof if proof were needed!!
If you are still not convinced then have a look at this. I showed it to the children when I visited and it had them all agog!