What Comes Before Phonics? By Dr Sally Neaum

Alistair Bryce-CleggGiveaway, Phonics160 Comments

I enjoyed Sally’s book What Comes Before Phonics? so much when I read it that I asked her to write me a guest blog post. It makes a great deal of sense and has a REALLY important message for the teaching of phonics.  We all share the aim of enabling children to become literate with ease and success, and the importance of phonics as one aspect of this process is well established. However, there remains significant disquiet about what this means for early years, in particular, how the strong focus on phonics has led to increased schoolification of both content and pedagogy practices in the early years. Like many in early years, I am concerned about the increasing pressure for early, … Read More

Cool Canvas Wooden Teepee Giveaway

Alistair Bryce-CleggGiveaway, Outdoors, Uncategorized203 Comments

When Oliver suggested that he make a Teepee for me to Giveaway – how could I say ‘no’?! Better than that…even if you don’t win, then you can got to YouTube and get the instructions for how to make your own. You could even have your own little Teepee village! All details on how to enter at the end of this post. But for now, over to Oliver… Hi. I’m Oliver Wotherspoon and it is great to be involved in another super summer giveaway. I am passionate about outdoors play, and with my company, Cool Canvas , I have spent over a decade designing, manufacturing and installing fantastic natural playgrounds. From fallen log climbing structures to texture kitchens I love play … Read More

Nana’s Manners – Cutlery Giveaway…

Alistair Bryce-CleggGiveaway38 Comments

This year at the Childcare Expo I had the GREAT pleasure of meeting Kathryn from Nana’s Manners and having a really good look at her ergonomically designed cutlery. I remembered watching her on Dragon’s Den and thinking it was a really good idea and I was right! Kathryn has given me THREE sets of cutlery and Conversation Cards to giveaway. Info about how to enter is at the end of the blogpost but here is a bit more info about Nana’s Manners cutlery.   As teachers, we fundamentally know the importance of looking at the world through a child’s eyes and the value in giving them the tools they need for their current stage of development. I taught in Primary … Read More

Sneaky Subscriber TTS Christmas Giveaway…

Alistair Bryce-CleggGiveaway, Talk, Uncategorized19 Comments

Well, Christmas has definitely arrived! The time of year when we get to experience the joy of lost Nativity costumes and feeling sick because you have eaten too many mince pies/chocolates from the staffroom table! I love it… Whilst I can’t bring you gifts of gold, frankincense or myrrh, I can offer you the chance of winning some lovely talk resources from the ever generous folks at TTS What could you win? Well… I have got: A set of 6 of these rechargeable mobile phone walkie talkies A set of 6 of these recordable talking pegs A set of 6 of these recordable buttons   A set of 10 of these recordable post cards That means there will be FOUR lucky … Read More