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

Planning – Part One

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There is SO much to write about an effective planning process in EYFS. I will do my best to strip it down to what I think are the bare bones. This is not going to be an in depth study, but hopefully will give you a few ideas. There are lots of other factors that might effect the way that you plan, like the space and staff you have available but the basic principle should always be the same. Sudley Infant School Learning is far more effective when you take it into children's play as opposed to  pulling children away from their play to come and sit at your table to 'learn'. So – for me, the key points are: … Read More

Tim’s Story Part Two!

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The work I did in Hampshire is going to form part of a case study that I have been asked to write so I emailed all of the participants to ask them for a photograph to use in the book. So far, only Tim has obliged. So, for anyone who was wondering…this is Tim. On receipt of this image I did ask him if it was his application photo for America's Next Top Model! He  assures me it is nothing of the sort! Other than personalising his environment Tim and I were looking at the use of the other adult for maximum impact. I have been looking at this with a number of settings and have now got a planning … Read More

Personalised Teaching Display

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Have spent last week back 'home' in the North East working in schools in Bishop Auckland looking at lots of aspects of their EYFS practice. I saw lots of really good ideas, that I will of course share, and also worked with staff on some of the difficulties they were having with trying to get their EYFS to work on every level. I will also share those solutions with you (once I have checked that they are still working)! Last post I talked a little bit about using child initiated teaching display to inspire and engage the most reluctant learners and, as promised I thought I would post a couple f examples from practitioners that had had a go (and … Read More