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Chalk boards and areas of provision for Spring 2!

I am loving my new chalk boards from Amazon! I purchased them with chalk pens and they are great for adding questions and enhancing provision areas. The pens easily wipe off chalk board, glass and tables too.

We are learning all about our body and the children have really enjoyed writing text messages to their patients.

My class love creating their own adventure. I have added more scrap materials to this area. So far I have seen aeroplanes, trains and a television being created. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next week!

Practise makes perfect!

We have spent a lot of time working on numbers to 50 in Maths. Practising one more and one less, problem solving and reasoning linked to real life contexts, and finding missing number patterns. I will be adding new maths challenges to this area inspired by White Rose Maths hub, I will blog about it soon!!

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Children are so creative! How I introduced a deconstructed role play area…

Have you ever started a role play area.. spent ages making it look all pretty, filled it with resources and predicted how children will love and use it?? But then when the children come along they just trash it, use the resources in different ways or they may not even take any notice of it at all!

Let’s enhance creativity

Looking back at my talk with Gregg Bottrill last year, he stated how children are creative. They have their own adventures in life.. just like us, they want to go on their own adventure – not ours!

It’s hard to let go of having all of the control of the provision if you are so used to creating pretty role play areas, but actually the moment you do, you will create an amazing opportunity!

My class have engaged in role play through the use of cardboard boxes, pillow case role play outfits and fabric pens.

Watching the children create their own adventures has been amazing! They’ve worked together to create a police station, a train and a television. They’ve gone on their own amazing adventures and used skills linked to DT, Art, English and Maths.

Next half term I am enhancing this area with more open ended play resources. I will take lots of pictures of how it works as it progresses! It’s definitely worth a try. Ditch the plastic and the pretty work you’ve put in yourself, and create an open ended play experience.

After all creativity is a key skill in today’s society and an essential skill for most jobs too!

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Beware of the dinosaurs!

This week the children have had so much fun finding big foot prints and a mess in our classroom.

The children looked for clues and decided that a T-Rex had made all the mess!

We have been busy creating a dinosaur fact book using clues and episodes of Andy’s adventure… take a look!

We also linked science into an investigation this week too.

The children found a letter and some dinosaur eggs.

They had to use their knowledge of materials to create something to protect the dinosaur eggs.

After predicting which material would work best. The children enjoyed testing the materials…

Will the egg crack and break? If so what does that tell us?

We had some great discussions around the types of materials!

A fun investigation for year 1.

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A new year.. new goals.. new experiences… new opportunities!

I wish everyone a healthy and happy new year!

Looking back to last year, I achieved some amazing goals. I completed my Masters in Education, I worked hard to achieve the accomplishment of teaching in a different school, I became Maths lead in the new school, and started to revive my classroom ideas to provide the best opportunities I can for the children I teach. I participated in an event and stood in a lecture hall to inspire upcoming teachers (twice!), I met the amazing author, Greg Bottrill, who inspired me to continue to pursue my teaching dreams. My partner and I worked hard to reach saving goals, I went on holiday with a great friend of mine and we had the best time exploring Barcelona, I have enjoyed watching my nephew and twin nieces grow and develop. Towards the end of the year I took the plunge to update my blog to offer teaching resources and a shop (coming soon).

 

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I have a lot more goals to build on this year, and I am determined to work hard to achieve them. I have some blogging opportunities lined up which I will be excited to announce at the end of this month. I also aim to develop myself further with personal and professional goals in mind.

Over Christmas I have had time to reflect, recharge and I am ready to work hard to achieve more this year! I find making a list and writing goals down helps to achieve them. Plus ticking them off when you have reached it feels amazing!

So today I pulled down the Christmas decor… tidied my study room and lit new scented candles, ready for the new goals of 2020.

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Do you have goals that you are aiming towards this year?

 

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Christmas crafts for 2 year olds

After spending Christmas Eve with my twin nieces they went home with lots to tell their mummy and daddy and lots of smiles and laughter too!

I created some open ended play experiences along with some traditional Xmas activities too!

I filled a tuff tray (one of their early Xmas presents) with play dough, baubles and crafts for them to crest their own art.

They absolutely loved it and were constantly going back to add to their creativity.

We also played a pass the parcel that was filled with peppy pig books. They loved unwrapping and finding lots of new books!

Using a simple ginger bread dough kit, they also enjoyed rolling and making their own gingerbread men. This went in the oven and smelt delicious when baked!

They also loved decorating and of course eating them too!

Another messy tuff tray activity! Using a simple salt dough recipe I created a range of shapes and pierced a hole in each one….

After putting it in the oven and leaving it to cool, they painted the salt dough, and made their very own Christmas baubles!

Of course we danced and listened to Christmas music too!

Lots of Xmas sensory fun for busy little people!

#MissPinnock aka Auntie ‘Fini’