Autumn Exploratory Jelly…

Alistair Bryce-CleggCreativity, Malleable Materials, Messy Play, Texture Kitchen13 Comments

It is time to get your Autumn Jelly ingredients ready! I first posted this idea last year and it was really popular, so I thought I would post it again. If you make some Autumn Jelly, don’t forget to share the results. This is a really simple activity that gives you lots of opportunities to explore many aspects of the EYFS. If you involve the children from the very beginning then not only will they be able to talk about and name the resources that they have collected, they will also be able to explore how the gelatine changes the water from a liquid to a solid. You can talk about how the mixture goes from hot to cold and what … Read More

A Learning Journey Approach to Display.

abc doesEnvironment, Nurseries15 Comments

This week I am revisiting a blog post from way back in 2013 that focussed on a method of taking children’s learning journeys into display. It was a really popular post and since then I have seen the display replicated in many different ways on my travels all over the world. Thanks to Ladybrook Primary  for being the initial inspiration! At Ladybrook they had a version of this in both Nursery and Reception This is Reception. A large display board has been divided up so that each child gets a large(ish) square. The whole thing was really well thought out from the backing paper to the mounts that the photographs were on. The display starts with a photo of the … Read More

Inclusion and Early Years Practice – Kathy Brodie

Alistair Bryce-CleggGiveaway, Planning and Assessment, Uncategorized3 Comments

I am always on the look out for a good Early Years read, and when you find a book that is not only full of useful information, but has also been written by someone you know understands Early Years and practitioners – well that is just a bonus! I have worked with Kathy on a number of occasions delivering conferences and training for EYP’s (now EYT’s) in the North West. This is the third of Kathy’s books that I have read and I asked her if she wouldn’t mind doing a quick guest blog post to give you some more information about it. Kathy is also giving away five copies of the book. If you fancy getting your hands on one, … Read More

Box of Exploration Giveaway

Alistair Bryce-CleggGiveaway307 Comments

Happy half term one and all! I really cannot believe where this year has gone. One more half term to go and that will be it! This week I am giving two lucky blog readers the chance to win a ‘Box of Exploration’ that have kindly been donated by our friends at TTS. The Box of Exploration is the third ideas box that I have created for them and goes alongside the Box of Bones and the Box of Fairies. The boxes are not ‘topic’ boxes as such, they are intended to provide you with some unique resources and activity ideas that you can take in a thousand different directions, depending on the interests and imagination of your children. Each … Read More