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Monthly Archives: January 2017

  • Seasonal Displays! Working Walls!

     

    Pull all the decorations down it is time for the Spring display boards!

    We know you all cover different topics at different times so we have looked at a couple that are most popular at this time of year and ways they can be incorporated into learning walls.

     


    Working or Learning Walls!

     

    A what? Not heard of them you soon will! Working walls are dsigned to change daily to support the learning in the classroom as it progresses. The display may start as one thing but evolve into something quite different!

    Working walls can be incorporated into any topics of areas of learning. Although t they have been most popular so far for literacy and numeracy we can see they moving into the other areas for EYFS.

    Learning walls are a fantastic tool - as well as letting everyone know what the topics or obecjtive is, they can be used to teach key points and display childrens works.

     

    Below we have put together some ideas for working walls with differenaation.

     

    Stacking Snowmen!

    Are you covering winter as a topic or seasons?

    These cute snowmen will make a great working wall for the cold start to the Spring Term and even better than can be adapted to support literacy or numeracy.

    The idea is to stack the snow balls to create

     

     

    Ready to go calendar Ready to go calendar

     

    What do we need:

    • Card
    • Calendar blank or calendar tab
    • Coloured Card
    • Scissors
    • Paper Fasteners
    • Pens / Pencils / Crayons
    • Glue
    • Scissors
    • Modelling dough / Blu Tac

     

    Making our circle of seasons

    Instructions:

    •  Cut out a circle of card or paper
    • Fold into quarters, then unfold so the quarter line can be seen
    • Add an image or words to represent each season (one per quarter)
    • Stick on to the calendar blank or card you will attach the calendar tab to
    • Cut another circle of card or paper
    • Fold into a quarter and unfold
    • Cut out one quarter ( you should be left with a Pac-man shape!)
    • Place on top of your season circle
    • Find the middle of both with a sharp pencil, place some modelling dough underneath and push the pencil through to make a hole through all three sheets of card (you could always use a compass!)
    • Push a paper fastener though the hole and bend back to fasten
    • Now the top cut out circle can be moved to show the current season

     

    Making the calendar come to life Making the calendar come to life!

     

    Differentiation:

    • Discuss quarters and other fractions
    • Discuss seasons and how the year can be divided into quarters
    • Have a circle pre-cut or allow children to find objects to act as templates. They can then create the circles themselves
    • Provide collage items to represent the seasons (see below for a few ideas!)

     

    Seasonal craft items Seasonal craft items

    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Expressive arts and design, creative development, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, knowledge and understanding of the world, mathematics, science, problem solving and reasoning

     

    Final 11 (rectangle attempt) Three calendars - Nursery, Year 2 and Year 5. Can you guess which is which?

     

     


    Other ideas...

    The ideas we've mentioned above are just one way of decorating your own calendar.  Have a look at these other great ideas for making calendars that last all year!

     

    Use handprints to represent seasons as shown on the Maggie Trammell blog Use handprints to represent seasons as shown on the Maggie Trammell blog
    trees Use a tree to show to seasons with different collage materials - from Twinkl

     There are loads of ideas out there so feel free to share yours with us!

     


     

    Join us next week where we will be talking about 2016, and discussing display ideas that will start off the new term with a bang!

  • School Events Calendar 2017 (February)

    February the month of love is upon us!  Valentine's Day is just one of many events to incorporate into your early years and primary learning settings. 'What the Dickens?', Pancake Day, Darwin are all being celebrated too! 

    I've included links to ideas and resources you could use in your learning setting. Do have a look and send us any images of what you got up to in your nursery, school or playgroup! We'd love to see what you end up creating! Leave a comment or share images of your creations on our Facebook , Instagram or Twitter pages.

    We look forward to keeping you informed on all the days of interest each month, so you never miss out!

    Have a look at the fun things you can look forward to -  help children in understanding the world more by celebrating each special day at a time:

    St.Brigid's

     1st Feb Today we celebrate the feast day of Brigid of Kildare, recognised as the patroness of Ireland, animals, dairymaids, Irish nuns and new born babies. It also marks the start of the Celtic spring season. Are there children in your learning setting of Irish decent? Would they want to share a mini presentation of their Irish heritage? You could hold an celtic art session using free printables here. Here’s another Celtic print example here. More info on Brigid of Kildare

    Candlemas

      2nd Feb A Christian day celebrating the presentation of Jesus at the temple.

    Charles Dickens Birthday 

     6th Feb Born in 1812 and died in 1870, Charles Dickens is part of our British history as a great story teller. He lived through the Industrial Revolution(1700-1800s), when there were great changes in work and science. Dickens would share his stories throughout the changing times about the life of the people in small parts weekly or monthly with the public. That’s why they make great series for television in our modern times. They give us an insight into what life was like during the great changing times for everyone. You could share in your learning setting abbreviated short versions of his famous Oliver Twist! Primary classes can also take part in ‘What the Dickens?’ the BBC game show.  dickenslondontours.co.uk

    Safer Internet Day

     7th Feb The theme this year is 'Be the change: unite for a better internet'. This yearly event is organised by Insafe and promotes global safety and responsibility of the use of technology among children and young adults. You can register your support of the campaign now on the SID website.  saferinternetday.org

    Darwin Day 

     12th Feb Celebrate Charles Darwin today and his work on the theory of 'evolution by natural selection'. He argues that humans are part of nature. His famous book On the Origins of Species was finally published in 1859, after a twenty years of hesitation. darwinday.org

    Go Green Week

    13th - 19th Feb Initiated by Japan, Go Green Week is a time to be as green as possible (ie, switch off computers, lights, etc when not using them) and to remember the Fukushima incident. gogreenweek.dmu.ac.uk  or  peopleandplanet.org/event/go-green-week

    Valentine's Day

     14th Feb Valentine’s Day started off as a Christian celebration of St Valentinus is now a worldwide day celebrating love. You’ll find some funny facts and theories on who and why surrounding St Valentine’s on the History Channel site click here.

    You could order polystyrene heart shapes for children to decorate and take-home.

    Pinterest Valentine’s arts & crafts ideas for EYFS and KS1.

    BCreative Valentine’s Collage Resource Pack

    National Nest Box Week  

     14th - 21st Feb The NNBW promotes during this week the making of nest boxes in all UK local areas. Make a nest box in your learning setting and promote the value of biodiversity, conservation and breeding of bird and general British wild life. More info on the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) website. bto.org/about-birds/nnbw

    International Mother Language Day     

     21st Feb Unesco asks the world to celebrate, contribute and promote Global Citizenship education. The theme for IMLD 2017 is ‘Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education’. IMLD also promotes and supports the goal: "Ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy" (unesco.org). You could plan language celebrating topics in class today. There are lots of nice multilingual songs online which you could incorporate into a music session, i.e, If Your Happy and You Know It  - it features hello in many languages towards the end of the video. un.org/motherlanguageday

    World Thinking Day    

     22nd Feb It began in 1926, it’s an opportunity to raise funds for millions of girl guides and girl scouts around the world. It helps to raise awareness of issues relating to girls and women in general too.  wagggs.org/world-thinking-day

    Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) 

     28th Feb Yes! Well we all know what to do on this day in our learning settings, make all sorts of pancakes! Real ones and soft dough ones at play time. The French call it ‘Fat Tuesday’! It’s the last opportunity to feast before Lent (Ash Wednesday) observed by Christians, which is 46 days before Easter. Pancakes were originally invented to use up all the leftover fatty and rich foods. You could do a pretend pancake making session in early years, see example here.  There’s also the book ‘Pancakes, Pancakes’ by Eric Carle – a story all about a boy and his mother making pancakes. You could even make your own pancake day fact cards (for older age groups), see example here.

    BCreative arts and crafts and useful articles for teachers and early years

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