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There are some areas of EYFS that I really struggle with planning for and 'talking about past and present events in their own lives and lives of their family' is one of them!

 

What kind of activities have other people done to work towards this objective?

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personallly i think this is just done in normal conversation isn't it? Things like birthdays/christmas/holidays those sort of chats where someone is talking about what they did on holiday and then someone else comes in with " when i was on holiday i ......."

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Any conversation with a child when they are talking about what they have done or are going to do would contribute evidence towards this - not just celebrations and "special" events but anything that they share with you. Something as simple as talking about someone reading them a story, catching the bus into town - anything! If you are struggling for evidence for a particulad child then maybe you could engineer a conversation or plan a corcle time activity but as others have said, I don;t think you'll have any problems.

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the most important thing is to give time for children to share news with you. sometimes we can be so busy with everything that needs to be crammed in that this is overlooked. cooking activities are a great way to get quieter class members telling you things

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You're both so right. I 'plan' specific speaking and listening type things - circle time, talking at snack time etc. but it's not the same as just 'chatting' is it? In the past I've found that a very simple craft activity has the same effect. In fact my head agrees - he once came in to 'help' when we were making poppies for a remembrance day display and commented on how nice it was to just chat to the children.

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Marion Dowling talks about "companionable conversations" in her book Young Children's Thinking and I like that idea - adults being a companion to children in their play and conversations, on equal terms. When children realises that they are treated as an equal partner in conversation, they can blossom and share so much with you.

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Thanks for that Sue. Definitely not too late - it's something I have an ongoing problem with. I tend to put it in as an objective at least once a half-term but in Spring 4 we have 'Long, long ago' as our overall theme. I've no idea where we'll be going with it yet but I'm sure this will come in useful.

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