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Simple activities are sometimes the best!

My class loved entering the classroom this week and seeing a selection of Christmas books, a Christmas tree and advent calendars too. I created an activity of wrapping boxes for Xmas presents and they absolutely loved it! The children dressed up like elves and wrapped the presents carefully. It also linked into the English lessonsContinue reading “Simple activities are sometimes the best!”

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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 childrenContinue reading “4 weeks on…rules and routines!”

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 toContinue reading “All set for Year one!”

A trip to the seaside!

What great way to start the half term with a trip to the SEASIDE! This really helped to kick start our seaside theme, the children were amazed and loved seeing the clear blue sea, the soft sand and the seagulls of course! It may seem surprising but to many children in my class this wasContinue reading “A trip to the seaside!”

Early writing -AP Literacy part 2!

So I recently blogged about my passion and eagerness to get started with all the things I have learnt through the training with Alison Philipson. I feel like our ‘Theme’ subject in year one has had a great turn around. The children have formed simpler sentences and we have spent more time practising and creatingContinue reading “Early writing -AP Literacy part 2!”

Getting children reading …

Getting children to read has been a great debate for many years. There has been so many researchers that have tried and claimed to know how to help children learn to read. To me, a child’s love of reading and a child’s first educator -their parents have a significant influence on a child’s reading development.Continue reading “Getting children reading …”

Philosophy for children?

Philosophy for children (P4C) is a topic I came across in my first year of my MA in Education. It’s one that is full of great debates but the more I researched into it the more I became to love it. Getting children to think for themselves and listen to other people’s opinions is definitelyContinue reading “Philosophy for children?”

Writing with Alison Philipson

Teaching early writing skills for children in Year 1 has always been a topic I continued to reflect upon. I didn’t feel 100% sure whether the writing opportunities we offered them really met the potential of all of the children’s needs. I really really wanted to make children much more independent with their writing. AsContinue reading “Writing with Alison Philipson”