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Providing Online Teaching and Learning in Early Years

Posted: 13th May 2020 | Category: EYFS, Kindergarten, Reception

Providing Online Teaching and Learning in Early Years

Engaging young children in online schooling presents its own set of unique challenges, and throughout this period of home learning, the wellbeing of our children has been at the forefront of our discussions and planning.

We recognise that it is our responsibility to support our parents, as they take on the role of facilitator in their child’s learning.  We recognise the fact that children need the security of routine, and they need to be actively engaged in topics which reflect their own interests. In addition they need to continue to develop their skills in the prime areas of literacy and mathematics. 

I have been so impressed with the way in which our EY staff have embraced the challenges of online teaching - getting to grips with new technology, finding creative ways to provoke curiosity and provide challenge.

Our very youngest children in Kindergarten have access to an Online Learning hub, created by a group of Early Years leaders from the Bellevue group of schools. Working in collaboration, we are providing a program of activities covering all the areas of learning, in the form of videos for the children and guidance for parents and carers. 

Our Reception class are following a more structured pathway in line with their ages and stages of development. Phonics lessons are delivered through Google Classroom in a familiar format and maths tasks encourage active learning at home, with support from our parents. 

Topic work is still based around the children’s interests - there has been a lot of Pirate activity recently -  and the Reception teachers have modelled a rich variety of creative challenges.  Our Reception children have also begun to set challenges for one another - I have seen some great challenges this week involving baking and yoga. Our parents are fantastic at sending videos and photos of the children and their work, enabling the teachers to give feedback and well deserved praise.

It has been wonderful to witness children, parents and teachers working together during this period of home learning. Our Early Years community has truly demonstrated  the characteristics of effective learning - and the characteristics of effective teamwork. 

Loraine Pincott

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