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Adaptable learners in Reception

Posted: 22nd November 2017

We take a great many photos, videos and observational notes in Early Years, for the benefit of both children and staff. The children change and learn so quickly that it would be easy to miss an important stage of development, and therefore be unaware of the need to plan for the next step.

Visitors to our classroom will often find us just sitting and watching - usually with ipad in hand - seemingly doing nothing more than enjoying the sight of children playing. However, at the end of the teaching day, we look through each note, photo and video clip for evidence of embedded learning, and the most fruitful time for finding that is when the children have chosen their own games and activities, because the brain is then fully engaged and in 'free flow'.

One occupation that the children never tire of is construction with blocks. So many characteristics of effective learning to develop from one activity. Concentration, exploration, resilience, taking on a role, seeking challenge and taking a risk. All of this from a box of blocks. 

Reflecting on our observations enables us to adjust the level of teaching and to keep the challenge going. 
Hopefully we are nurturing the next generation of mathematicians, negotiators, and free thinkers; and having a ball at the same time!

Loraine Pincott

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