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, Terrific Twos 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 Terrific Twos we worked together to create a dinosaur. We used cardboard and paint! We dressed up and pretended to be dinosaurs as part of role play.
During Christmas at Terrific Twos we all worked together with our special adults to make handprints. We also painted different shapes. All of our work went towards a lovely display in the room.
To Celebrate Chinese New Year, we worked together to make a giant dragon. It’s a beautiful green and yellow dragon made with different resources, which is decorating our nursery walls. We also enjoyed painting Chinese characters.
In Terrific Twos we have been creating our own firework paintings for Bonfire night! This has helped us get to know our colours and develop the muscles in our hands and arms.
We have been learning about Halloween! We worked with our special adults to make a pumpkin. Then we painted our own pumpkins. It’s important for us to learn about different traditions.
We have been helping our special adults clean the mud kitchen. We talked about habitats and looked to see what insects we could find.
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 Terrific Twos we have been settling into our new classroom. This involves exploring the space and the different classroom areas, playing with the new toys and learning to sit on the carpet. We have been getting to know our responsible adults and starting to express our likes and interests through our play.