What Ofsted are looking for in EYFS

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From my experience of working with lots of settings across the country the story when it comes to Ofsted inspections is still mixed at best. There still seems to be a huge difference between what different inspectors see as 'good practice'. Although we should be primarily driven by best outcomes for children and not teaching for Ofsted, it is the system by which we are all judged, so we need it to be as fair and accurate as it can be. This week, there have been a two publications that are clearly intended to help to make EYFS judgements more uniform and recognise Foundation Stage as unique and requiring its own explicit section in a school inspection. On Monday Sir … Read More

Continuous Provision Planning

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Planning for Continuous Provision can be very time consuming and what gets written on paper often doesn’t translate into actual practice. I have been working with a number of schools and settings looking at how they can make their Continuous Provision planning less of a chore and more effective so, I thought I would share what we have been doing in the hope that it might be helpful. I would always start with the question ‘What is Continuous Provision?’ It is not just provision that is continually accessible. It is a selection of resources that have been placed in areas by practitioners that continue the provision for learning in the absence of an adult. Differentiated prompt cards for children to … Read More

Scorpions In Your Sand Tray and other Outdoor Play!

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This February half term I was lucky enough to be invited to go out to Brunei and work with the team at Hornbill School.  The school  caters for both Nepali children of Gurkha soldiers and children of serving British military and civilian MOD personnel.  It has over 480 children from 3 – 11 years of age.  Usually the school has around 85-90% of children with English as an additional language (EAL), with high mobility as a result of unit moves and redeployment. So not without it’s challenges! Having said that they were judged ‘Outstanding’ at their last inspection. I was working with the Senior Management Team and the Early Years Department doing a mixture of observation, action planning, data analysis, … Read More

Seed Bombing!

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Now that the weather has finally decided to warm up a bit, you might want to get your children to partake in a little bit of Seed Bombing. Seed Bombing originally started out as a way of bringing a bit of 'nature' and 'colour' to disused and derelict pieces of land in towns and cities, but now you can buy ready made seed bombs to scatter in your own garden or outdoor area. But, why buy when you can make your own? (I was ably assisted by my youngest son, Geordie and my niece, Mabel). The concept of a Seed Bomb is a ball of seeds wrapped in compost and red clay. The clay gradually disintegrates when it is left … Read More