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

Linked Provision

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'Linked Provision' is a bit of a hybrid that I first used with a Reception setting to help them to get round their issue of hearing guided readers, without compromising their Continuous Provision. Since then I have worked on versions of it from Pre-School to Year One. So, what is Linked Provision? Well, the clue is in the name… It is provision that you link to a need that had been identified by observation or assessment.  I would run it as a daily session – usually at the very beginning of the day. Everyone is engaged in activities that are themed around the identified need. The same activities are repeated every day for a week and the children get to … Read More

Dough Gym Week – Creating a Dough Gym

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Now that you have assessed your children in relation to their gross and fine motor dexterity, you can set up your Dough Gym. What is Dough Gym? Dough Gym is a gym for children where you work out with dough – Simple! Dough Gym is a specific daily intervention – If it is going to have impact it has to be regular and consistent. Dough Gym is directly linked to assessment and attainment. Dough Gym is exclusive – You need to make the children who need this intervention feel special and chosen for all of the right reasons, not just because they are failing. I usually work with a maximum of 8 children, not a whole group. It is not … Read More