Judging Attainment in Reception

abc doesBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Environment, Mark Making, Phonics, Planning and Assessment10 Comments

When I am not writing or delivering conferences I spend the rest of my time working in a wide variety of EYFS settings. Sometimes it is just a one off visit to do an audit of practice and provision or to help with a specific issue like mark making or outdoor. But there are some very lucky settings who have the 'pleasure' of repeat ABC visits. One of those is Halton Lodge Primary who I 'bother' on a fairly regular basis. I was originally invited by Darren when he took over as the new Head and identified EYFS as an area for his own professional development.  We have done some joint observations (much to the sheer joy of the EYFS … Read More

Hampshire Project – Tim’s Story Part One

abc doesBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Outdoors, Phonics, Planning and Assessment4 Comments

Had a great week 'down south' last week and met some truly inspiring people. My southern tour kicked off with a celebration day of the project work that I have been doing with Hampshire LA looking at making great practice even better, not necessarily by changing it, but perhaps just looking at it from a different angle. Everyone I am working with is a Leading Foundation Stage Practitioner (LFSP) for the borough, so they have lots of experience in their field and also support a number of other settings alongside the Local Authority. I have been working with Amey and the team at Little 1's day nursery, Helen and her team at Noah's Ark pack away pre-school, Jodie and her … Read More

Jolly Phonics – Guest Post

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Jolly Phonics is one of those things that seems to have been around for EVER! I remember using it when I was on teaching practice way back in the early 90's. If like me you thought it was a programme just for initial sound recognition and not much else you might want to read on… Thanks to Sara for writing this post that explains what Jolly Phonics is really all about. Guest Blog, by Sara Wernham, Co-Author of the Jolly Phonics programme  I became involved with Jolly Phonics when I arrived, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, at my first teaching job. Jolly Phonicsitself was at a fairly early stage of its development; indeed, at that point it wasn't yet called 'Jolly Phonics'!  Sue Lloyd, the originator … Read More