Miss Alkan and Miss Rawlinson wrote and led the Enfield Local Authority training on literacy assessment in the EYFS and KS1 this term with borough advisers Diana Weston and Suzi Modi. The session was very well attended and received and rated as outstanding by the advisory service.
On the 24th February Ms Messer delivered a talk at City Hall, London on the theme of how we can better support early years’ education for the benefit of both children and schools. The focus was the work of our Terrific Twos programme and the Children’s Centre hub. The day gave Ms Messer the opportunity to champion the impact of this work to Joanne McCartney and others at the conference.
‘World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.’ (World Book Day website, 2017)
At Eldon, Nursery celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite story characters. This encouraged and enabled children to role play as their favourite characters and talk about who they are and what they do.
Miss Alkan ran a coffee morning for parents and children in the EYFS, teaching them how to make their own play dough. Children and parents then participated in a Dough Gym session. Play dough is an easy resource to make and is perfect for children to develop the muscles in their hands and arms. Dough Gym is a daily session conducted at Eldon where children listen to music and do hand, finger, palm, arm and shoulder workouts with play dough to help develop their fine and gross motor skills.
Simple play dough recipe:
Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
Add food colouring to the boiling water then pour into the dry ingredients
Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky dough
Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone.
(If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right)
In nursery we have been doing Write Dance. This is an activity where children listen to different styles of music and draw and write in response.
Children in nursery have been learning about Chinese New Year. Children practised writing Chinese symbols at the writing table.
It snowed in Edmonton Green and our adults took us outside in the field to play. We tried to catch the snow with our hands and our mouths. We enjoyed running around and talking about the texture of the snow.
After it snowed we made paint snowflakes using our hands and white paint. Our adults displayed our snowflakes around the nursery.
In December, the children learnt about the celebration of Christmas. Children got to wear Christmas jumpers to school and even got a visit from Santa Claus!
Actors came to our school to perform a show about Snow White and the Evil Stepmother. We all got involved by singing, dancing and telling Snow White when the witch was behind her!
Winter has well and truly arrived at Eldon. Children in nursery have noticed that they need their scarves and gloves on when they go outside. Children have also been observing the way that water changes when it freezes outside. Everyone had a go at breaking and holding ice and using their words to describe what it feels like. Brr.
Our whole Early Years department including our wonderful Children’s Centre Hub was invited to celebrate our success and that of our colleagues across Enfield, at a special celebration. Eldon have been recognised for the contribution we make to the Local Authority, particularly in the areas of special educational needs and outreach working. We were especially proud of the reference made to our excellent collaboration between the Children’s Centre, school and external community teams. Well done to the whole team!
In Nursery we have had play and stay sessions where our mummys, daddies and carers came in to class and played with us. We have been playing lots of name games so we can learn all of our new friend’s names and exploring the classroom and the different resources that we can play with during the day. We sing lots of songs and play lots of games to get to know our new teachers and responsible adults.