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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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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’

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Spellings!

Spellings always seem a bit of a boring session when teaching but there are ways of making it more fun!

Tricky words

I often use these tricky words songs on YouTube. They are a great fun way of children learning how to spell lots of tricky words.

Beware they will get stuck in your head for days!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0&feature=youtu.be

Spelling Shed

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.

How do you teach spelling?

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Anything is possible!

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!

Ooh how can I miss this video clip out!🤣

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