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4 weeks on…rules and routines!

It is so important to establish rules and routines in the first half term of school. As I am in year 1 and having continuous provision (CP) within the curriculum, it has been crucial (but extremely hard work) to teach children how to look after resources and use them appropriately.

I can now see children tidying up the areas properly but most important effectively using the provision.

Child have used this area to practise writing sentence. They have problem solved by creating their own recipes and meals with their friends.

The small world area and construction areas provide open ended scrap resources. It has been great to see the children’s creativity as they design and create their own models and stories.

Children really do see things so different to how we as adults do, so their models have been pretty amazing and beyond what I could think of!

I have got to the point where I feel that I can teach small groups whilst the rest of the children are purposely learning through play.

Play is effective when it is at the right level, with activities children can access and also with some adult interaction!

We use class dojo points, this really helps as an incentive for children to stay focused and play purposely in all areas of provision. The best part is… its free to use too! Take a look by clicking the link.

More enhancements and posts of CP in Year 1 will continue!

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All set for Year one!

After a super busy holidays, my classroom is finally ready for the year one children tomorrow.

After an amazing chat with Gregg, the author of the book ‘can I go and play now?’ I was eager to set up open ended provision for children. Children are imaginative, extremely creative and see things completely different to us adults. So why discourage this with closed activities and themes?

I have aimed to create a natural classroom, with open-ended play activities to encourage and value creativity and independence in play – whilst also meeting the objectives of the national curriculum!

I will be blogging about it throughout the year so I will keep you posted!

So this marks the first post. I am just going to post an insight into each area of provision I have created, with a bit of reasoning behind it….

My Notice board!

This has a few bits of useful information on such as a timetable and rota’s, along with some lovely motivational teacher gifts which I have previously received!

As a safety procedure it’s important to know the number of children in the class am and pm each day. I decided to link this into place value and maths. The children will count how many children are here in different ways and help write and discuss the amount too!

Maths talk is so important in building up understanding in mathematics, so having it as part of a routine is an easy way of children developing greater depth.

The maths area contains a range of resources that children can independently access.

There are challenges on the table tops for children to explore.

I have prepared the maths area as an assessment to see who can order numbers, recognise them and understand number bonds to 10.

As the children move on throughout year one, there will be written challenges based on maths mastery lessons and linked to the the White Rose maths schemes of work! This scheme has amazing ideas for developing understanding in maths.

I am really encouraging the fact that writing should be everywhere this year, and the children will be encouraged to use clipboards, create books and stories, write lists and letters in any area of provision linked to their own interests.

I have also created a stationery stop to influence children to pick up stationery and use it anywhere… as long at they tidy up too!!

I am super excited to have enough space in Year 1 to create a DT area. The children will independently set up their area with either junk materials or paints and create whatever they wish!

I am looking forward to displaying their artwork too and encouraging their creativity.

The construction area has developed over time and I am excited to enhance children’s creativity with loose parts, as well as blocks and Lego.

I have got some shelf space for children to display their models and further space on another unit for them to display their models too!

I know how frustrated children get when another child breaks their model, so hopefully this will help, as their model will be celebrated by the rest of the class before being destroyed!

The start of year one will begin with a home corner.

Children will relate to a familiar environment, but hopefully a more up levelled version!

I have added weighing scales, real life objects such as cornflake boxes and tin cans of soup. I have also added pasta and potatoes too! Which will link in well with our soup making later on in the half term.

I am eager to see how children play and respond to real life objects….

As part of a daily routine and another opportunity for maths talk, children will come in and vote for the book they would like to listen to at story time.

We will discuss the groups of more and less to begin with and move onto discussing ways of counting them linked to 2s, 5s and 10s.

This has been a tricky corner to think about.. I am starting off by encouraging fine motor skills and building up their development from EYFS.

As we move on into the year, this area will progress into investigations and research where iPads, books and resources will be used!

I strongly believe in writing being available in all areas of provision. So this time I have only considered a phonics area near the reading area.

I have tried to encourage reading by creating a cosy area for children to quietly read a book.

I have also added loose parts and wooden people to encourage children to creatively make up their own story in the small world area.

This week is a focus on getting to know the children and setting high expectations in provision!

Good luck to all of those going back…

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Holidays are nearly coming to an end!

Well the holidays are nearly over!

I have been the most busiest this holiday and I am still working hard now, but all for future goals and achievements!

I hope everyone has had a lovely summer and if you’re a teacher – feel a little bit refreshed!

I purchased this teacher diary (classed as a lesson planner) on amazon …

and it has lovely motivational quotes on each page.

I also purchased this cute notebook from Wilkinson’s too!

Hopefully it will be used as a way of getting through the bumpy ride that teaching brings!

I am looking forward to sharing photos of my classroom on my next blog post! I have really focused on a curiosity approach with natural learning environments!

#letskeeprelaxing

#netflixdaybeforeschool!

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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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