First Day!

abc doesEnvironment4 Comments

First day back at 'proper school' but no children for Nursery today! Did give me some valuable time to meet all of the team and explain the ethos – they seemed to get it all…the thing that caused the most confusion was the fact I used cream backing paper on the boards – YES CREAM! Bland, non-descript almost Magnolia cream. Nothing neon, giltter, shiny or featuring a border of children's hand prints! Team were great especially as the first task I gave my TA was to put up some paper light shades as a room divider! Now that I have really opened up the space I want to demarkate the various areas without putting solid structures in place that restrict my … Read More

Environment Audit

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Cant quite believe that it is actually 'back to school' tomorrow! Am going to complete one of these with the Nursery team and ask Reception to do the same. They make you really consider why you have the environment that you do and make sure it is driven by the needs of children. Also found it a useful tool to use with staff who are more reluctant to shift their practice and they have to be able to find credible answers the the 'why' question rather than just say that they have always done! An added bonus is that it is very Ofsted friendly and shows very simply and clearly that your 'drive and ambition' is to move children's learning … Read More

Ace Assessment Tool!

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You know when you agree to your 10 year old son having a sleepover with one friend and then you end up with 7 hyper boys aged 5 upwards and one moody pre-teen foster daughter who thinks all boys apart from Justin Bieber are SO beneath her and the fact that she has a spot is the end of the world…and at 1.30am you think you have developed 'Shush' tourettes and then you can't believe they could possibly be up at 6.30am? Well welcome to my Friday night. Hence blogging at 8.30am – I have been up hours! While trying to block out the mind numbing annoyance of Pokemon I have been playing a bit more with my new toy  -  A Pulse Smartpen.   … Read More

Daily Planning Format

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I often spend my days in settings wading through reams and reams of planning and paperwork that often contain FAR too much detail and on occassion dont reflect the needs of the children – more the preferences of the adult. I have tried to keep this format simple, yet relevant. It is for use during the first few weeks of the term when you are assessing the children and finding out what they are 'into'. There may be particular children you want to target for assessment, but you would go to them and fit your questioning to what they were engaged in. No longer can you shout over to them from the other side of the room – or send … Read More