Tracking the animals from Handa’s surpise using droppings. This was done using actual models of the poo, but the photographs can be used instead. We used them in the local woods too for added realism and created a film using FX Guru (Zoo Escape special effect).
The poo discussion could use size of dropping and size of animal. Why is there a difference in colour? Similarities between your own poo and another animal (monkey) - why? Identifying bird poop from prior knowledge of bird poop in the UK.
Stimulates children’s interest and is very entertaining. We also wore gloves for added realism when handling the model droppings.
Droppings were made from clay and painted where appropriate with a mix of PVA and ready mixed paint. The bird poop is cornflour and water with a drop of black read mixed paint.
This is the form I created for use in my setting’s ‘Child of concern’ meetings. It enables us to record why we are concerned, the potential implications and the quality teaching strategies we will use as a class team to support that child’s development. Linked to the 3 prime areas of the EYFS.
Explore numbers, developing an understanding that they represent quantities and use them to count, create sequences and describe order.
Skill development supported by this resource include:
Match numeral and quantity.
Recognition of numerals 1-5.
Make comparisons between quantities.
Use some language of quantities, such as ‘more’ and ‘a lot’.
Develop subitising skills.
Use some number names accurately in play.
An easy resource to learn and play with to develop early numeracy skills.
Numbers whose height is proportional to their value. For example, two ‘fives’ are the height of one ‘ten’. Can be used to develop understanding of size and amount as well as being a tool to develop understanding of number bonds.
The figures also have dots on which are equivalent to their value, so support development of understanding of value and amount. Also helps to develop the skill of subitising.
How to use:
Print out (on plain or coloured paper/card)
Cut around the rectangular shape
Use like this - Can be used to create matching patterns, can be coloured in or drawn on.
Alternatively laminate for longevity.
When laminated can also be used as a wipe clean writing tool.
Create challenges eg Can you choose numbers which when added together are the same height as the number 10?
Help develop understanding of size and amount by using these proportionally sized ladybirds. The more spots (1-10) they have, the bigger they are.
Hide around the room to be discovered. Once found, the children can be encourage to line them up in size order and/or using the number of spots. Print our a couple of sets and have a race, who can organise them the quickest. Is it quicker to do it by size or by counting the spots?
This year we are unable to make the traditional take home, end of year gifts to share with families, as the majority of my nursery class is at home. I still wanted them to have something special to celebrate the end of the academic year. So, I have created a template for an activity for them to do at home with support from parents/guardians. We have heard so much about curves during the ongoing pandemic that I thought it would be nice to take control of one for ourselves!
There are two versions, one is to be completed using a pencil and ruler, and there is a second version which is to be completed using a needle and thread. We sent this version home to all of the children with a plastic needle and thread.
Linked to the EYFS it is also a learning activity, helping to develop those all important numeracy skills and fine motor skills.
The theorist Piaget was the first person to define the term subitising
as the ability to instantly recognise the number of objects in a small
group without needing to count them. This simple game helps children
to learn this key skill. Take the pattern for the number three on a dice,
children can recognise that this represents the value of three even if
they can’t read the number ‘3’. Children can also see numbers within
numbers using dot patters. For example, they can see the numbers
two and one within three.
When we played this game, children took turns to choose a counter
and match it to the number pattern. It proved to be very popular!
Repair broken hearts by matching the number on each half. Written in two different fonts, it helps children to recognise and read numbers when written in different ways. Can be printed on a different colour for each page for differentiation, print on the same colour paper for greater challenge.
This resource is linked to https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/subitising-valentine-s-style-12251562
Created for Valentine’s day, but can be used any time. Match the two halves of a broken heart using the written number and a dot (heart) pattern.
Differentiate by printing on different coloured piece of paper for each page or the same coloured paper for more challenge.
LO 3 Evaluate a Forest School programme
3.2 Carry out a summative evaluation at the end of the six Forest School sessions and explain how this will inform future sessions
Template form to evaluate a block of six session for use as part of a Forest School Leader portfolio
Template form to evaluate each of six sessions making up a block for assessment as part of a Forest School Leader Portfolio.
LO 3 Evaluate a Forest School programme
3.1 Evaluate each Forest School session and make amendments to the next session plan as appropriate
Created for the Forest School’s Leadership Qualification (Level 3). Specifically for Unit 5:
2 – Be able to assess the impact of Forest School on participants.
2.1 – Observe 3 individuals and assess the impact of Forest School on their behaviour and learning
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Laevers, F. (Ed.) (2008). Well-being and Involvement in Care Settings. A Process-oriented Self-evaluation Instrument (SiCs). Brussel: Kind & Gezin.
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Developed for specifically to help achieve the Unit 4 elements of the Forest School Leader (Level 3) “Plan initial 6 forest School programme sessions, showing links to own client groups learning and development objectives and needs”
I work in a Nursery School where there is a childcare provision. We therefore have a ‘baby room’ and a ‘toddler room’ in addition to the Nursery School classroom. In each room there are paints in pots and easels. What new skill are they learning with the resources provided? Admittedly their artwork should improve as they develop but I wanted to add more thought to the skills that I wanted them to learn through their play e.g. mixing, quantity, responsibility, cause and effect.
I have now set up a self dispensing paint provision using a palette rather than paint pots. It means that they have the ability to mix paint to create new colours. Also a range of painting materials have been provided, not just the typical thick paint brush.
I printed the labels onto A4 self adhesive sheets and cut them to size. To stop the paint from drying out and clogging the pump I have added water and a drop of dishwasher detergent. If they do clog, soak the pump in warm water and leave overnight. The bottles themselves came from Poundstretcher and originally had hand soap in them.
Skills based learning, adding challenge to the painting provision #EYFS #learningthroughplay #learningthroughart #ContinuousProvision
I have created this mini test as a quick assessment of my Year 10’s photosynthesis knowledge. Formated with three tests to a page so can be easily answered on the sheet and stuck in books without lots of printing. Answers included.
I have created this worksheet to support A-Levels students to plot data accurately, but could easily be used with GCSE students. I deliver it as part of a lesson, prior to them doing a practical where they are required to demonstrate this as a skill.
The data looks at the effect of temperature on the growth of * Onchorynchus mykiss* (Rainbow trout).