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LornaW last won the day on May 24 2013

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About LornaW

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    Semi-retired now work training and supporting EYs. All views are my own!

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  1. It was on Twitter after he made a speech to the RSA you can read the speech here! http://www.thersa.org/fellowship/journal/archive/summer-2012/features/the-good-teacher LornaW
  2. Show this to the HT not the EYFS leader. Tell your HT you are passionate about getting your children to the highest possible standard but by doing in a manner suitable to their age and development! LornaW
  3. Hi Big Write is not for reception it is all about talk in reception! I have been working for Ros Wilson on Big Talk and the next conference is on Sept 26 in London and I would recommend you get on it so you vacancies follow BW like the rest of the school but what is appropriate for reception. If you DM me I may be able to send more info. LornaW
  4. This is why I don't believe in target setting watch it is only 6 mins long! I am not saying don't tell children what they are learning and what they need to do next but lists, charts lanyards they are only children aged 36 - 72. Months old! Play - talk - motivate - engage with but for me target set - no thank you! Over and out! LornaW
  5. Have a look here also http://www.kenttrustweb.org.uk/ask8/ask8_primary_literacy_phonics.cfm LornaW
  6. Please NO! Targets in EYFS are for the adults NOT the children. By all means make sure all the adults know but it is not appropriate for the children they need a high quality environment with great interactions and well qualified practitioners! Even when the previous government ran The Improving Schools Programme (ISP): supporting schools to secure the progress making great use of target setting the EYFS were told that targets were for the adults! LornaW
  7. I love the word bingo and also making the tricky word into card games such as snap and matching pairs. I bought some plain packs of cards and used these to make games. Also made phonic fans and as children were taught the new phoneme it was added to the fan and sent home with children to play at home! LornaW
  8. No matter what style you eventually teach you need to begin with gross motor skills and then fine motor skills -too much too soon and they will never have the muscle control for the fine skills required to write. Look on Abcdoes he has some excellent ideas for handwriting. Also Write Dance and Squiggle while you Wiggle! LornaW
  9. I used to call it 'choosing' some years ago and like you felt the name didn't reflect the activity and as we were using High/Scope started to call it work time. I like 'finding out time' Catma! LornaW
  10. Badges - http://www.internet-stationers.co.uk/Shop/istationers_shop/index.asp?deptID=2636&ptype=2 LornaW
  11. ...ditto above and another good book is http://www.amazon.co.uk/Moving-Key-Stage-Transition-Foundation/dp/0335238467/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375771459&sr=1-1&keywords=julie+fisher+transitions LornaW
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    What about o "Our fascinations..." Great word and through use would become part of the children's own vocabulary. You could then expand on the word with synonyms such as ....... attraction, delight, captivation, enchantment, LornaW
  13. Jogyouon I have a spare copy go the Featherstone book Managing the curriculum in mixed aged classes. If you think it would be useful DM me your address and I will post it to you. LornaW
  14. Write Dance, Squiggle while you wiggle and Penpals are some that I have heard of. The book I have used for years is Rosemary Sassoon's "Handwriting the way to teach it" http://www.amazon.co.uk/Handwriting-Way-Teach-Rosemary-Sassoon/dp/0748701680/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374647936&sr=1-6 But it is not a scheme you have to devise that yourself! LornaW
  15. I have a problem with the whole SEN 'thing'! There will always be a bottom 20% and a top 20% and some may have extra needs and some not and some may be gifted and some not! As a teacher I see my role as moving children on, developing them socially and emotionally as well as academically whether they a SEN or not! My only exception are those children with severe and profound difficulties who require a statement of educational need! Of course this government are not of the same train of thought but governments come and go and each child only gets one chance so I must do my very best for each individual I. The time they are with me! Rant over!!!!! LornaW