Ace Assessment Tool!

abc doesPlanning and Assessment4 Comments

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

IKEA anyone?

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Found myself in IKEA again today, trying to do classroom refurbishment on a budget. What is difficult is trying not to make your classroom look like one of the 'show rooms'. Many will be tempted by the 'pop up' fabric buckets with the numbers 1 to 3 on them but STOP and ask yourself 'why?' Will it really lure them in to the PSRN area. The answer is 'no' because we all know the buggers won't come anywhere near the PSRN area even if there were fire-eaters in it! Dr Chris Pascal has done some very interesting writing about school environments and how we need to strike a balance between a 'learning' environment and a 'home' environment. We need to … Read More

Outdoor planning format

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They are coming slowly but surely these planners! This one is one that I use with new teams or teams that are new to outdoor play. It  does not stress WALTs and WILFs but ties practitioners down to the 'WHY?' question. Why is this activity out, what has prompted me to plan it. The answer to that might just be sheer experience – you want those children to do something to prompt talk, or it will be your assessment or observation. The beauty (and simplicity) of this one is that it allows you to track and cross reference between planning and assessment. Good for SMT tracking and of course very good for Ofsted! Will post more as I get them done! Have tried saving in 2010 and … Read More