Books to Encourage Conversation in the Early Years

Alistair Bryce-CleggChild Initiated Learning, Diversity, Gender, Race, Reading, Talk4 Comments

This week on my Facebook Page I posted some books that I’ve found useful when talking to younger children about identity. In my view children are never too young to have these (age appropriate) conversations. As Early Years educators we are in the privileged position of working with children right at the beginning of their journey through education. We can encourage an open mindset, foster a culture of acceptance and show children how to celebrate difference. We can have a HUGE impact. It’s vitally important that children see themselves and their familiar culture reflected in books but equally important that they read (and listen to) stories that broaden their knowledge of identity, providing them with an informed, rich view of … 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

Body Percussion – A Universal Language. Guest Post by Ollie Tunmer

Alistair Bryce-CleggBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Creativity, Music, Reading, Talk, Uncategorized1 Comment

I first met Ollie from Beat Goes On last year when he was running a workshop at a conference that I was speaking at. While Ollie was running his training I was setting up my equipment so I only got to watch and listen, but what he was doing really made we want to join in! It was just great fun and everyone taking part seemed to be genuinely having a ball. Music, and singing in particular, play a big part in our everyday practice in the Early Years and that is not by chance. Children (on the whole) get a great deal of pleasure from singing, dancing and making music. Not only is it good fun music also has … Read More

Have you got a ‘book nook’?

Alistair Bryce-CleggEnvironment, Reading, Uncategorized13 Comments

Have you got a book nook? Well, if you haven’t, you might want to consider getting yourself one or two. Church Drive Primary Not only are they a great way to use your space, they also have a fantastic impact on children’s engagement with reading. So, what is wrong with a ‘book corner’? Well, there is noting ‘wrong’ with a book corner, but they don’t always have the impact on reading that we  think they might. Devonshire Road Primary When I am watching children in sessions of continuous provision, I tend to see very few who chose the book area to go and look at or share a book. If you have a group of girls in your book area, they … Read More