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Let children struggle… it grows their brains!

As a teacher you can often watch a child struggling and automatically reach out to help them.

But I’ve learned that it’s extremely hard but much more valuable if you let them struggle!

Let children find new ways and problem solve. When allowing them to struggle children will feel proud to accomplish the goal. They will be confident to problem solve and approach new situations with confidence too.

It’s easy to give children too much scaffolding but struggle means they are learning.

I have started to promote struggle and mistakes in my class by valuing effort rather than ‘cleverness.’ The children now feel proud to see that more effort means more can be accomplished. After all it is a life skill!

There are some lovely mindset books that can be read with children across primary school too. Discussion around mindset and allowing your brain to grow is great for perseverance in subjects such as maths!

I can’t do it …yet!

Or wow your brain is growing keep trying! Works a treat.

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Jack and the beanstalk!

The children have really enjoyed the start of our topic of Jack and the Beanstalk.

It all started with children finding large foot steps which lead to the outdoor area where they found magic beans and a giant shirt.

Who could it be? How did it happen? The discussion and language that children used instantly increased due to the excitement.

Since then I have put a range of enhancements in the provision. Magic beans and green play dough in the play dough area. A range of beans on plates in the collection area which helped children to sort the beans and create different patterns.

The giant has sent us a letter back apologising for making a mess and explaining he got lost. The giant gave the children some magic beans (sunflower seeds) and the children have planted them and are eager to find out what’s going to happen.

The children have used cubes to measure how many cubes long the giants feet are and they have enjoyed playing in our giants castle role play with giant bowls, spoons and clothes. Sorry for the limited amount of images for these ideas!

Some children created wanted posters, invitations for a banquet and thank you cards for the giant too.

Jack and the beanstalk lenses itself to great curiosity in children and can be used to gain great observations in all areas of the EYFS curriculum.

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Next half terms topic…

This holidays iv picked up a ‘giant’ men’s shirt and some magic beans.

Iv prepped some cardboard ready for a castle and kept some tube like junk materials for my theme.

It’s not hard to guess what this half terms theme is! But I have so many ideas I am pretty excited to get started!

Keep a look out for activity ideas all based on … jack and the beanstalk!

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Self care when teaching!

Well half term is over and a new term is about to begin! I hope all teachers have had a restful week off with as little work as possible!

I always aim to organise myself a little on a weekend with a bit of self care.

I prep myself some healthy lunches for the week. This makes a huge difference! It’s great knowing that there’s one less job on my to to list.

I also prep a few healthy evening meals to come home to. I especially make sure I have something prepped on Tuesday as it’s staff meeting day and it feels great to come home to a healthy meal that’s already cooked!

As part of self care I also iron a few dresses and clothes for the week! It’s the little things that make a big difference.

I always plan to fit in at least 2 gym sessions or book an evening class to help me relax and unwind. Leaving the gym feeing refreshed really puts me in the right mindset for work the next day.

Self care is definitely a must so make time for you this half term!

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Health is everything 💕

After spending a week and a half in bed with aches pains, and every bug you can possibly catch from 5 year olds… reflecting on life was the only thing I could possibly do!

I was too weak to work, to even go downstairs and get a drink. I was too drowsy to keep my eyes open for longer than an hour and all I could do was sleep sleep sleep. Until I finally went to the doctors and was also given some antibiotics for a chest infection I also managed to catch on top of my other million symptoms!

It made me think of what is important in life. It’s not very often that I am ill, not for that amount of time either! But to just be stuck in bed all day made me realise it’s not the materials or the silly things like laundry that mattered. It was love, having my partner by my side reminding me to take my medication and giving me food and drink.

It was having my mum text and ring me and send me a million vitamins and boost teas like she does! It’s the people that matter that the most. Of course it seems obvious, but at the beginning of the week I was worried about being without my class and all the planning and things I have missed. Sometimes we rush around worried about silly things that can actually wait. And it was the people around that mattered the most.

Let’s stop worry about the small stuff and think carefully about what really matters in life. As without health, you don’t have much!

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Every kid needs a champion

This week I went on some maths lead training and mindset was linked into the topic.

They played the video by Rita on TedTalks and although I have watched it a few times before I would watch it again and again.

It saddens me to see teachers who teach but don’t show love for the pupils.

having respect and listening to children is so important.

I remember being at school , I must have been in year 3 or something and I had the most miserable teacher. She was old, mumbled a load of stuff under her breath and never smiled. I always wondered why she was a teacher. I even thought

Do you even like children?

But of course I never asked her this!

I remember a visitor at a training session shared a quote with us

Children won’t always remember what you have taught them but they will never forget how you made them feel.

This is so true! I respect every single one of my pupils. I will smile and say good morning to every single one even on the days I am exhausted and can’t wait for the holidays. I will apologise if I make a mistake and model good behaviour.

Rita clearly explains the reasons why teachers play such an important part of a child’s life. You can make a huge difference and I always finish watching it with a tear in my eyes.

https://www.ted.com/talks/rita_pierson_every_kid_needs_a_champion/up-next

Rita is a great inspiration for all and has made a huge impact on so many educators. I inspire to be like her one day. Rest in peace💕

Let me know your thoughts.

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Whatever next?!

This half term we are learning all about space! The children heard a loud crash in the playground and found some old broken pieces of a spaceship! They also found the book whatever next and a letter from 2 aliens pip and tas!

We covered pieces of old equipment in hair gel and the children were full of aww and wonder!

What could it be?

Why is it so sticky?

Who has landed?

Whats this book?

We have started to read the story whatever next, this is a great story linked to space.

The children have enjoyed writings lists of things to pack to space and have enjoyed using props from the story whatever next.

I have created a small world area linked to space and a creative space writing area.

The children have also started to design spaceships and rockets and build them in the construction area.

Space can really spark children’s imagination and I am looking forward to continuing to build up the theme this half term.

I will blog about an updated version of my space planning soon!

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