Gerbil traps and Gun Play in Foundation Stage!

abc doesBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Creativity, Mark Making, Weapon and Superhero Play3 Comments

Walked in today, switched on the light and there she was – just looking at me. She let me walk right up to her, bend over and then VAMOOSH! She was off! I then sat in the talk area for 20 mins while both of the missing gerbils scurried around me, even sniffing my hand. But as soon as I moved as much as an eyebrow…they were gone! In the end I constructed a tunnel of cardboard boxes along the skirting board and herded them into a corner where I could get them! So after half an hour of hoofing around they were all back in the telly! When the children got in they were full of it so I … Read More

Setting Up an Outdoor Area

abc doesBoys Learning, Creativity, Outdoors, Planning and Assessment2 Comments

I have only got two weeks left on this project! Can't believe how fast the time has gone – also can't believe how much I have got to get in place for the person who is taking over once I have gone. I haven't forgotten that I said I would post a completed medium term planner. My team will have finished their initial assessments this week so we are going to have a go at our first medium term theme that will kick in after half term. I thought it might be relevant to post that one as it relates to the children and the experiences that I have shared so far on the blog. Time allowing I will post … Read More

Planning and the Great Outdoors!

abc doesOutdoors, Planning and Assessment9 Comments

 My entire Nursery and Reception team used to plan a week ahead and all now feel that this style of planning is MUCH more effective. This is a copy of one of my daily planners for last week. It has to be used in conjunction with our assessment books as they contain a lot of the specific detail. We are still bringing the children in a few at a time and you will see that ALL adults are in continuous provision modelling. So far our children are demonstrating high levels of independence – even though a significant number are still in nappies! NB – Bottom of planning should read Anecdotal not Anarchdotal (as spotted by Cait from Foundation Stage Forum!) … Read More