Handa's Surprise, Eileen Browne Handa's Surprise is a very simple tale of friendship with a juicy twist at the end. When I am not sure what each day has in store a bag of seven fruits from the story can go a long way. From size ordering, weighing and 'favourite fruit' survey's in Maths, to… Continue reading Yet Another Top Ten Supply Bag Books: A third list of my favourite books to promote a love of reading and cover (nearly) all eventualities in the Early Years and Foundation Stages (EYFS)
After writing my first list of top 10 supply bag books, there were so many I was sad not to include, so here they are. Ten more books that provide a wealth of opportunity and lots of enjoyment when teaching and learning in the EYFS. When I travel around I try to carry books that… Continue reading Another Top 10 Supply Bag Books: 10 more books to promote a love of reading and cover (nearly) all eventualities in the Early Years and Foundation Stages (EYFS)
I really struggled with this because my top 10 is really a top 20 (at least) but the 10 books below are always in my bag when I visit schools to teach in the EYFS. When I travel around I try to carry books that the children may not have read, that's the only reason… Continue reading Top Ten Supply Bag Books: My favourite books to promote a love of reading whilst covering (nearly) all eventualities in the Early Years and Foundation Stages (EYFS)
Sharing is learning I recently completed a Masters and, as part of this, an action research project. It was a lot of work, cost me a few pennies and is sat alone, in a desktop folder. I am going to try to share it here, the background, the research, the project and the outcomes. It… Continue reading Does the presence of male role models support boys with English as an additional language (EAL) to write in the Early Years? Sharing learning from an MA action research project
Using the methodology Philosophy for Children (P4C) I had a mind-blowing moment, one of those little BIG things that drives you to teach. Having said that, this experience happened long before I qualified as a primary school teacher, but it stayed with me and inspired me to place questioning and enquiry at the heart of… Continue reading Ask Big Questions, Get Big Answers: Creating a culture of questioning in the primary school classroom using the ‘Philosophy for Children’ (P4C) approach, including stimulus ideas and useful resources.
A boy in my Reception class quite quickly became known amongst the teachers as ‘that boy,’ the boy ‘who doesn’t listen,’ or even worse the boy ‘who can’t listen.’ Granted his behaviour and listening skills were a little tricky at times. Teaching numeracy with frequent interludes about what aliens might eat for their breakfast or… Continue reading Great Expectations: The impact of teacher expectations on children’s learning. How one boy raised the expectations I have of myself, as a Teacher in the Early Years classroom.
As with everything life is what has brought me here, to this point, where I am tap tap tapping away at my keys.