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Boys making cake

It is never a tricky task to get my boys outside during plan-do-review (child initiated), even when it’s raining. I normally find the same group sitting by the welly step taking their shoes off and putting some wellies on. I do however find it a rarity to see them engaged in a role play scenario for a long period of time if the game isn’t based on monster, ninja turtles or Spider-Man. This morning this all changed. I had a group of boys who were in the mud kitchen for the entire plan-do-review session.

The boys were all playing together and shared the same narrative and roles in their play, as I said above it was great to see this outside of a superhero context. They were using vocabulary to do with number, capacity, weight and were doing great speaking and listening. The boys created their own procedures and rules and showed great problem solving skills. The children used different pans for different jobs, different trays for serving suggestions etc. The children were clear and confident in what they were doing and making and this was evident in the questions other children and myself were asking.
They were boys on a mission.
Ready steady cook!

iPads for phonics

Outdoors and technology are two of my favourite things in the EYFS. Naturally, I like to combine the two when I can. Reception class haven’t taken the iPads outside this year, until today.
We introduced the children to the sound ‘s’ today in letters and sounds. After we practiced writing it and reading it we thought we had better search for some items that started with it.
I then took a group of children outside, we went on a ‘s’ hunt. Children took part in a competition to find different items that began with a ‘s’.


Once the children had found ‘s’ items that began with ‘s’ they had to take photographs to see who found the most.


We came back together as a group to discuss which items we found.
After our discussion we went back inside and drew some pictures of things that begin with ‘s’ too. As you can see we found things such as saucepans, scarecrows, scooters, spades and so much more. Some of the children even labelled their picture with the initial sound. I was so proud of them!