Alphabet and Number Charts

When it comes to resources and cut little flashcards I don’t know any EYFS who doesn’t love collecting and making them! writing on a whiteboard can be equally as satisfying, so I hope some other practitioners understand the uncontrollable joy I had finding these tabletop pocket charts complete with a whiteboard, pen and 78 flashcards.

I love TK Maxx and their children’s range can be really good. I spotted this alpabet chart for £3.99. I quickly grabbed it and scurried away to a corner of the shop like a squirrel with a nut.

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It’s the perfect size for a table or display and the changeable cards are clear, simple and I personally like that the font uses a normal ‘a’. There are so many activities to be done on this and its going to be a staple for small group work and one to one sessions.

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After finding the bargain in the shop, I searched for it on eBay and found the number one for £8 and free delivery. Still not a bad price for what this is!

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Observations

They are never really welcomed and can be huge inconveniences to our daily routines. I had my first observation last Friday, what a way to finish my first full week back in school!

I felt it had gone okay, not amazing or outstanding just average what you would expect five days into a placement. However, my placement tutor has a funny way about talking and getting his points across. So after a quick chat afterwards I felt confused a bit disheartened. That evening he emailed the write up of my observation and I cried it read so negatively! It ruined my bank holiday weekend and I panicked about returning to school.

Today I reread my observation form and I realise how my mindset from Friday had impacted the way I was reading the comments. I read it in such a negative way when actually he had offered me lots of advice to further my skills and I had completely missed that I was graded a 2 (good in Ofsted terms). This has made me feel much happier about the observation but I also feel a bit silly!

It’s important to act as naturally as possible during observations so you can get an accurate feedback. This feedback may not be what you want tp see or hear but it’s really useful to have some guidance and a target to work towards.

From now I will try to embrace these observation opportunities and act humbly in my teaching practice.

Hello Reception!

My new placement school is fairly local to me and I am in a reception class. I am so excited as I loved working in reception as a teaching assistant and feel comfortable with the EYFS curriculum.

At the moment I am researching into the schools topics for the term and looking up ideas for planning and resource making.

A year has flown by but the closer the placement gets,the more I feel myself finding a drive and confidence in being back in the classroom again. A six week block to push through, a summer to relax and then finally reaching second year of university. It’s taken so long but I feel better prepared and at a better place in my life.

Beginner Bodies

Great idea for EYFS and incorporates maths and music.

SophieSensei

H, S, K & T: When teaching body parts to lower level or younger students, I think a bit of “Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes” is in order. You can find a million and one youtube video versions, so filter through and pick the one you think your class will like best.

You can download a nice set of flashcards for “head, shoulders, knees & toes” here:

HeadShoulders_Flashcards.PDF

There’s also an accompanying video but I find it ever so slightly creepy:

Post It On Me!: Grab a stack of Post-Its, write a number of body parts on them and divide the class into teams. One person from each group has to volunteer to be the “mannequin”. Who can stick their labels (correctly) on the mannequin first?!

– This is a fun interactive flash game. Students have to answer questions involving selecting body parts and listening in…

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