Great Escape!

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I wasn't in school today – but it seems that neither were the children due to the fact that the head closed Nursery because… the gerbils had escaped! There was no sign of them anywhere. I got a text that told me that a rodent catcher had been called! Traps were set in order to catch, not kill! By the end of the day only one had been found. A dog was even brought in to have a good sniff around – but nothing. On the upside…the stock cupboard had to be emptied and so got a long overdue tidy. Apparently they know that the two missing ones are still in the building as they have been picked up on … Read More

Discovering Signs of Autumn

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I've been wanting to enhance my sand tray for a while. The children have now added so much water to it (on the sly) that it would take at least a month to dry out! My TA's dumped that bag of compost in it yesterday and today we added some signs of  autumn for the children to discover. We have looked at the trees in the playground, discussed the leaves changing colour and had the odd random conker brought in, but I really wanted to have the opportunity to focus in on the language in a small group situation so we buried them in the compost (that's buried said signs of autumn, not the small group…). I had just the BEST time working with … Read More

Red Cabbage – How much?

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I can't look at a red cabbage without thinking of Victoria Wood! If you are too young to remember  – look it up on You Tube! As I have mentioned before we are doing lots of work on trying to get the children to recognise every day fruit and veg. We are also signing ' Cauliflowers Fluffy ' which does indeed mention many and various varieties. Today's activity came from a discussion with a child around a line in the song that says ' and cabbages green ' I remarked that not all cabbages were green and they refused to believe me. So today I took in 4 red cabbages (even more confusing because they are purple) to see what they … Read More

Large Scale Construction – is a tower ever too tall?

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As I have said in my previous posts the construction at the school that I am consulting in is severely lacking and doesn't allow for much differentiation or progression. I am in the process of remedying that but in the mean time one of our parents donated a load of flat pack boxes that were perfect for a bit of large scale work. I have always been bemused by the signs that I see in settings that say construction can only be built to shoulder height – Why? So many opportunities are being missed if we put restrictions like that on children. If you are really going to learn some fundamental laws of physics, it is difficult to do with … Read More