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!
If your school can invest in this then they really should! Spelling shed is great for practising spellings through fun games that are played online. All children are given a unique username and password so they can access it from home too!
You can assign spellings for your class and they will learn them through the games on spelling shed. I often have a group of children practising spellings whilst me and my TA teach a group of children.
When I first started this blog I was just starting my Masters in Education. What a journey it has been! Stressful days, laughs in lectures and I sometimes sat and questioned myself! The work load of teaching as a full time teacher is demanding in itself, but adding a masters degree in the mix is hard to describe!
I’ve definitely had to make sacrifices. Spend weekends in the library at times. Sometimes I’ve felt drained as if I’ve hit the wall… but it had been an amazing and rewarding journey!
I did it!!! 3 years of strict(ish) time management and typing until I’m blue in the face. 🤣
My key message is aim high!
Anything is possible when you put your mind to it. I have learned so much through this degree and it has helped me gain many opportunities.
If you have a goal or even a dream job that you keep holding off. Just do it. Life’s too short to say hmm I should of…
Just go for it as you never know where it might take you!