Making Links to Learning through Play, Modelling and MLD!

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Phew, what a week – and it isn't over yet! It started in Millstead Special Primary School in Liverpool where I was working with staff looking at the implementation of an EYFS approach across the school. Millstead has children with various levels of need from PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Disability) to those with ASD  (Autistic Spectrum Disorder). It was a truly amazing two days from which I learned so much. There is HUGE potential for learning for many of the children at this school which would be significantly enhanced by running an EYFS approach. I will post more about this soon when I have done a little more research and got more feedback on the strategies that we decided to … Read More

Judging Impact – Creativity Project

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 I have realised that I often start my blog posts by saying how much I have loved my day. I do appreciate how fortunate I am to be able to say that, but it is very true and today was no exception! There was a tinge of sadness to today as it was the final visit to two of the creativity project settings. They have both been an absolute PLEASURE to work with so I am genuinely sad that the project is over. When I say that, it is over for me but I am certain it will be carrying on for some time to come in both settings. I started the day In Moor Park where I had been invited … Read More

Outdoor Makeover – Sudley Infant Style!

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Another gorgeous Spring day which I spent at Sudley Infant School in Liverpool. This was my second visit to Sudley to work with the team on developing their outdoor space. They have had a lot of work done outdoors, including the installation of  a quite spectacular covered area which will allow them to have a variety of outdoor play experiences all year round.  Ruth, the Head, did a significant amount of shopping around and managed to get this bespoke arrangement for a lot less than your average 'off the peg' canopy. To the left, behind the canopy, there is a large grassed area in which there will eventually be a den making station (of course), raised beds allotment, wild area/bushes for exploration, … Read More

Continuous Provision in Year One, more dens… (and the best role play shoes I have ever seen)!

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I am working with a Network this week going into different settings and seeing what we can do to make good practice even better. Spent a great day yesterday in Greenbank, a school with an Nursery and 2 Reception classes. Lots of good stuff going on. I had several marriage proposals from some of the girls in Reception (children not staff) and saw the BEST pair of role play shoes in Nursery that I have ever seen. They were so fabulous I had to take a picture of them! (Are they yours Ruth?) Ended the day by having a discussion with Year One about their Continuous Provision and how they use it to support learning in their classes. It was really good to see … Read More