Dough Gym Week – Fine Motor Physical Development

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Once the pivots have worked their way down to the wrist, the journey doesn’t stop there, although for lots of children it becomes far trickier. This is where children often get stuck.  The end of the ‘pivot’ journey will be when we get that mark making implement to the very last, smallest set of pivots, right at the end of the fingers. If we can hold our mark making tool there then we will have the fullest, most dexterous range of movement that our bodies can provide. Penguin Pre School The hand is quite a complex piece of machinery and is made up of lots of different joints and muscle groups that interconnect and work together to provide maximum dexterity. … Read More

Judging Attainment in Reception

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When I am not writing or delivering conferences I spend the rest of my time working in a wide variety of EYFS settings. Sometimes it is just a one off visit to do an audit of practice and provision or to help with a specific issue like mark making or outdoor. But there are some very lucky settings who have the 'pleasure' of repeat ABC visits. One of those is Halton Lodge Primary who I 'bother' on a fairly regular basis. I was originally invited by Darren when he took over as the new Head and identified EYFS as an area for his own professional development.  We have done some joint observations (much to the sheer joy of the EYFS … Read More

Outdoor Makeover – on a budget!

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I have spent a great deal of time over this last week outside for one reason or another. On the domestic front our tortoise Ned has gone AWOL from his enclosure. Tortoises are the masters of escapology and he has done this a couple of times before but we have always found him. This time there is no sign! I have searched in bushes, under stones been prickled, nettled and rained on but the elusive Ned is still eluding… When not hunting for tortoises I have been working with a settings planning their outdoor area and got invited to the opening of another that was part of a cluster of schools who were granted some funding to improve their outdoor … Read More

All things witchy…I think I might have met a REAL one!

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For the past few days I have been working out here in Madrid delivering EYFS training on the COBIS teachers’ autumn conference. As well as my own  conference delivery, I also got the chance to attend some of the sessions delivered by the other speakers.  (Matthew Syed and Tom Barwood were two particular highlights and worth a look). Must just say a big thank you to all of the Kings College staff for looking after me and the delegates for being such a pleasure to work with. When I looked down the list of other speakers, one name in particular jumped out… Maeve Friel – THE Maeve Friel, author of Tiger Lily and Witch in Training series. I have read … Read More