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If you believe you can, or you believe you can’t, either way you’re right!

I am aiming to instil a positive mindset into my class this year!

Growth mindset for learning is so important. No matter how many fancy displays you have or creative themes and strategies for learning – if the children do not have that ‘can do’ attitude then what’s the point?

Children need to be intrinsically interested in what they are doing to learn well.

I have a few ideas in mind to do this and I will share classroom ideas shortly. But the best time to build on this growth mind set is within those first few weeks of teaching, when you are building in the rules and routines in the classroom.

Enjoy the rest of your summer holiday

#moreplaylesswork!

#itsstilltheholidays

#enjoy!!

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Day1&2 Barcelona!

Well after a hard working year full of laughter, stress and hope… it’s great to sit back, relax and enjoy some sun!

After a count down for the girlie holiday it has finally arrived! We are spending a week in Barcelona, exploring and enjoying cocktails by the beach.

So far we have walked over 20 miles! So not very relaxing yet!

But we have seen some amazing views!

Delicious cocktails

And food!

Lots more to see tomorrow!

#dontworkallholidays

#enjoyyourself

#lovelife

#theworkloadsneverending

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Writing writing writing!

Looking at my blog I’m in shock with the long break I have had from blogging!

It’s been a super busy month including leaving a school and clearing out to moving to a new school and meeting my new class!

If summer term isn’t busy enough, I’m also working behind the scenes typing up my masters dissertation (which I underestimated) this year!

I am also getting ready for a break away in Barcelona!

whilst I have a break from uni work and the normal routine on holiday, I may do a few travel blogs.

It’s so important to switch off at some point in the holidays and although I have some uni work to complete, I am not letting it take over the summer!

Make sure you spend some time with friends and family if you’re now on holiday.. and also make time to relax!

Have a lovely break and il be back at it soon!

#MissPinnock

Ps this is my current mood!😩

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Tidy up time!!! Is every second for early years teachers…

It’s been a while since my last blog as I have been busy relaxing from all things teaching this holidays and grafting away at my masters dissertation…

But I just came across a great post that jogged my memory about the EYFS which I’m dying to share with everyone.

It’s quite easy to look around the early years classroom and think- what a mess! Go and tidy up your mess, why have you moved the play dough into the home corner and why are there bowls all over the book corner floor???

But actually if you zone into what children are actually doing and engaged in it’s pretty amazing.

A children will make connections using their imaginations in provision that will be more amazing than any adult could think of.

They may see the yellow play dough as a delicious bowl of porridge and place it in the home corner to cook and play with. They may have transferred bowls in the book corner to imitate a story they have been inspired by. The may have decided to pick up a boat from the water area to help build their bridge and lake in the construction area…

By telling children to put things back and instantly tidy up during their play will actually crush their creativity and stop their ideas of play from flowing.

My message is before you tell a child to tidy up, look around and observe what they are doing with the ‘mess’ you may be more amazed than annoyed….

After all the early years is messy and learning is messy too!!

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Maths mastery in The early years!

What’s the best way to learn addition and subtraction other than with real life objects?!

My class have really enjoyed adding pieces of fruit, comparing and sorting different sized buttons, counting magic beans and even different shaped pasta!l this year.

Counting real life objects is a must in the early years before moving into abstract concrete objects just as cubes.

Children will then be able to problem solve by turning the ‘real life object’ from a problem into cubes to work out their answer.

My Reception class have spent a lot of time this year counting different amounts onto 10 frames and exploring the part whole model. This has significantly increased their understanding of number.

For instance the 10 frames have enabled children to realise double facts and number bonds.

I can simply say:

What can you tell me about this number?

The children will come up with a range of responses such as:

8 and 2 make 10

4 and 4 make 8

1 and 1 make 2

8 is more than 2

2 is less than 8

The part part whole model has also helped children with their number bonds and understanding.

The children can explain different ways of making numbers up to 10 and some children now can automatically say the facts and use them in different problems – they have mastered it!!!

Introducing 10 frames, real life objects and part part whole models can really embed the essentials needed for children to reach great success in maths in year 1 and beyond.

Completing maths mastery means you allow time for the children to practise and you continue to review what is needed despite the curriculum content.

Would you rather continue to embed and practise the skills or just move on with children only gaining little knowledge of it anyway?

I am completing a masters dissertation this year all about the impact it can have on children in the Early Year’s, so keep posted!

The NCETM and maths hub also have a range of great resources that you can use for free too.

https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/52060

The bbc number blocks are also great and I will be separately blogging about that too. Keep an eye out on these little people!

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