Transition to Year One – Developmentally Appropriate Provision?

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Since I said I was going to share my thoughts on effective transition, I have had lots of comments on Facebook and Twitter as well as blog comments and emails from Year One teachers saying how difficult they find transition and the concept of ‘play’. All of them talked about the pressure that they feel (mostly from their Senior Leadership) to …


Granny’s Teeth and the missing construction!

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This week Granny’s Teeth have been to Crowlands Primary School in London where they got mixed up with a case of missing construction… The arrival of Granny’s Teeth coincided with a spate of crimes in our Reception classrooms.    After we had a visit from a police officer, our children were very interested in becoming detectives. Somebody stole all our construction …


Sneaky Teeth on the Loose! – A Granny’s Teeth Adventure

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When your Pre-School is next to a nursing home and and you have a delivery of Granny’s Teeth – therein lies a recipe for some exciting learning! Over to Tiny Tots…. Sneaky Teeth On The Loose It was a very strange week at Tiny Tots… Someone was eating our snacks… Who could it be? We wanted to find out, so we …


ABC Does Training – A Conferences Update…

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Here are the conferences, their dates and the cities that I am delivering in up until the end of the year. For a full conference overview, booking form, prices and venues just click the ‘conferences‘ tab at the top of the page and select the conference you are interested in. New this year is… In this conference we will discuss what …

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A Trip to Grayrigg Primary – Start Small, Think Big

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I ended the school year back in July with a trip to Grayrigg Primary School – just north of Kendal. When it comes to school ethos statements, they make some pretty big claims. Our school is not about expecting children to conform, but about inspiring every child to be the best person they can possibly be: Academically; Personally; Spiritually; Socially …