If you want to improve your Phonics – SING!

Alistair Bryce-CleggABC Does A Blog, Continuous Provision, Creativity, EYFS Policy and Practice, Music, Nurseries, Phonics, Reading9 Comments

I love a bit of singing in the Early Years. In fact I love a bit of singing in general! A couple of years ago at my boys school Christmas Carol Concert, during a particularly rousing rendition of ‘Oh, Come All Ye Faithful’, my eldest son turned to me and hissed ‘Pipe down Bublé!’ On the whole, regardless of your ability as a singer children will always join you in a chorus of whatever you fancy warbling. Also, there are some brilliant songs out there (have only just got Cauliflowers Fluffy (Paintbox) out of my head!). When I first became a teacher my wife bought me a guitar, I learned 4 chords over the summer holidays and I have never … Read More

What Comes Before Phonics? By Dr Sally Neaum

Alistair Bryce-CleggGiveaway, Phonics161 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

Good Level of Development – A National Picture.

Alistair Bryce-CleggABC Does A Blog, Child Initiated Learning, Conferences, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Environment, mathematics, Ofsted, Outdoors, Phonics, Planning and Assessment, Reading, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

This week I launched a project that I am doing in the North West of England in conjunction with our Ofsted Big Conversation steering committee. The idea for the project came about after Ofsted released their findings in relation to the number of children who achieve a Good Level of Development (GLD) at the end of the Reception year. This is their Good Level of Development by Local Authority map for 2017/18. You can find it here The North West region, where I live and worked for my entire teaching career, has a high number of Local Authorities where the attainment of GLD is in the lowest National band. The idea of the project is to provide some really cost … Read More

A Mini Me and A ‘Stand Me Ups’ – Giveaway

Alistair Bryce-CleggContinuous Provision, Creativity, Environment, Outdoors, Phonics, Talk, Uncategorized123 Comments

I am sure that most of you have discovered the joy of a mini me. They are really simple to produce and an excellent addition to any setting. They are great for all sorts of different uses, provocations and enhancements. Hamstel Infant School The idea of a Mini-Me is that you create your class or group in miniature. The children can then use these miniatures in their play. There is nothing more powerful for your self esteem than having a little ‘you’ that you can take around with you or create fabulous fantasy small worlds to play in. Hamstel Infant School Mini-Me’s can be really effective in helping children to develop language and communication skills as well as personal social … Read More