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Does anyone in reception use WALT/WILF with the children? I am new to reception - I am using it and the children love it, but I was told at a recent observation that it is 'out of date'! :(

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I do use WALT and WILF sometimes, (I remember when they first came in!) but increasingly using 'Steps to Success' instead as this approach gives children a very clear structure.

I have a big gold star on the ceiling (success) and some gold ribbon tails coming down so I can peg 'steps' on them as I'm talking with the class.

So writing at this time of year will include - success: a clear message to the office. S to S: tell me/your talking partner what you want to write, think what sounds you can hear, write your letters next top each other, use a letter mat to help.

Maths will be along the lines of success: enough cubes for all the teddies S to S: 'move each cube as you count it, say the number names out loud, ask your partner to check'

 

Sometimes I really push the boat out and have a page of a SMART notebook with S to S on it, and then I can get quite flashy, but don't use the iwb daily and find the 'real' card steps more useful as they can stay up for reference throughout the session.

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It has been going around for a long time but that doesn't mean it doesn't work. My daughter's school uses it and they have a little walt and wilt character across the school with speech bubbles saying what is expected. At my school we have I can statements and steps to success. Same thing really!

Deb

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