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Bounce Ideas...

We can all learn from 'stealing' ideas! Here are a few of ours...Scroll down to take a look at some practical ideas to have fun learning with your children.  More to come!


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Bounce Ideas...

We can all learn from 'stealing' ideas! Here are a few of ours...Scroll down to take a look at some practical ideas to have fun learning with your children.  More to come!


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Starting School

Starting school is a milestone event...Something exciting but at the same time perhaps daunting.  Here are a few of our ideas to promote a happy start to school life.

ROLE-PLAY SCHOOLS

An idea to play at home with your child to build their confidence, familiarity and positivity about starting school.

  Role-Play Schools (PDF Download)

IS MY CHILD READY FOR SCHOOL?

Here are our top priorities for preparing children for school.

  Is My Child Ready for School (PDF Download)

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Personal, social and emotional development is critical as it interweaves throughout all learning and daily life.  Once children can form and treasure realtionships, know how to share and take turns, become increasingly independent and responsible for their own actions, have a developing self-confidence and self-awareness, can handle their own emotions and have a clear understanding and respect of behavioural expectations, they will be in a fantastic place ready to learn.  Ask any Early Years teacher the area of learning they view as most beneficial when starting school...their answer will almost always be 'Personal, Social and Emotional Development'.   Here are a few practical ideas to promote PSED.

WASHING

A fun, versatile and wet activity (to play indoors or outdoors) designed to promote a range of skills, including independence, motor skill development, counting and imagination.

  Washing (PDF Download)

MATHS NUMBER GAMES 

Here are a selection of a few very simple Maths games and activities you could play at home with your children.  Playing games is a great opportunity for practising the skills of taking turns, sharing and respecting rules.

  Maths Number Games (PDF Download)

Communication and Language

Listening and attending to information, understanding and communicating effectively are essential to all areas of learning, and life.  Communiation and Language is rightly so a prime area of learning in the EYFS curriculum.  Here are some of our ideas of how you can promote those crucial life-long skills.

TALK BOXES

You may have used 'Treasure Baskets' when your children were babies.  'Talk Boxes' could be viewed as an extension of these; exploring objects designed to promote talk and the development of vocabulary.

  Talk Boxes (PDF Download)

BROADENING VOCABULARY

Vocabulary is crucial to future reading and overall achievement.  It is also an area we can easily help our children with through our everyday lives.  Here are a few tips of ways to assist vocabulary development.

  Broadening Vocabulary (PDF Download)

GLOOP

A recipe to make gloop to promote exploration and talk.  Prepare to get messy and sticky!

  Recipe for making Gloop (PDF Download)

ROLE-PLAY SCHOOLS

An idea to play at home with your child to build their confidence, familiarity and positivity about starting school.

  Role-Play Schools (PDF Download)

Physical Development

Physical development encapsulates a range of skills.  These include large (gross motor) and small (fine motor) movements, coordination, spatial awareness, handling equipment, correct letter formation and a growing awareness of how to keep safe and lead a healthy lifestyle.  Here are a few of our ideas to develop physical skills.

SHAVING FOAM

Another use for shaving foam!  Let your child develop their mark making, pre-writing skills, and extend their use of vocabulary.

  Shaving Foam (PDF Download)

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE!

Ideas to develop your child's gross motor skills and mark making, whilst having fun with water.  Your child could even help you wash your floors!

  Water Water Everywhere (PDF Download)

WASHING

A fun, versatile and wet activity (to play indoors or outdoors) designed to promote a range of skills, including independence, motor skill development, counting and imagination.

  Washing (PDF Download)

GLOOP

A recipe to make gloop to promote exploration and talk.  Prepare to get messy and sticky!

  Recipe for making Gloop (PDF Download)

Early Reading

Prior to learning to read children should be developing their early pre-reading skills.  These include being exposed to a range of books, including stories, non-fiction and poetry books.  Children should be listening to and sharing in the experience of reading daily, developing a love of and excitment about books.  Listening to sounds in words, identifying rhyming words they hear, using clues in pictures to help them understand and talk about books and knowing where to find information are all essential for beginning the reading process.  Once hearing and saying sounds, recognising letter shapes and knowing the corresponding sound each letter makes, children will be ready to begin the process of blending sounds together to read simple words.  Here are a few ideas to develop early reading skills.

HEARING AND SAYING SOUNDS

Here are a few simple ideas for children to heighten their awareness of sounds in words.  This is a crucial prerequisite skill for learning to read and write.

  Ideas for Hearing and Saying Sounds (PDF Download)

BROADENING VOCABULARY

Vocabulary is crucial to future reading and overall achievement.  It is also an area we can easily help our children with through our everyday lives.  Here are a few tips of ways to assist vocabulary development.

  Broadening Vocabulary (PDF Download)

Early Writing

There are several stages to early writing.  These include varying levels of mark making, ascribing meaning to the marks made and including some recognisable letter shapes in mark making.  Following the mark making stage comes the emergent writers which includes children who write strings of letter shapes and later use their skills of hearing sounds in words to write an increasing amount of correct corresponding sounds.  Soon children will be able to hear beginning, middle and final sounds in words and tranfer this into their writing.  Having the self-confidence to have a go at writing is crucial to becoming a writer.  Here are some of our ideas to develop confident early writers.

GLOOP

A recipe to make gloop to promote exploration and talk.  Prepare to get messy and sticky!

  Recipe for making Gloop (PDF Download)

SHAVING FOAM

Another use for shaving foam!  Let your child develop their mark making, pre-writing skills, and extend their use of vocabulary.

  Shaving Foam (PDF Download)

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE!

Ideas to develop your child's gross motor skills and mark making, whilst having fun with water.  Your child could even help you wash your floors!

  Water Water Everywhere (PDF Download)

HEARING AND SAYING SOUNDS

Here are a few simple ideas for children to heighten their awareness of sounds in words.  This is a crucial prerequisite skill for learning to read and write.

  Ideas for Hearing and Saying Sounds (PDF Download)

Early Mathematics

Early Maths encapsulates a range of skills including counting, practical calculating and developing experience, mathematical language and understanding of shapes, patterns, measure, position and time.  Here are some practical ideas to develop mathematical understanding.

WASHING

A fun, versatile and wet activity (to play indoors or outdoors) designed to promote a range of skills, including independence, motor skill development, counting and imagination.

  Washing (PDF Download)

 MATHS NUMBER GAMES 

Here are a selection of a few very simple Maths games and activities you could play at home with your children.  Playing games is a great opportunity for practising the skills of taking turns, sharing and respecting rules.

  Maths Number Games (PDF Download)

All Things Creative

Children's creative development encapsulates the exposure, exploration and use of a variety of media, materials and tools.  Furthermore it is important for children to develop their expressive side and use their imagination through stories, role-play, dance, design and technology.  Here are some of our ideas to inpsire creativity.

WASHING

A fun, versatile and wet activity (to play indoors or outdoors) designed to promote a range of skills, including independence, motor skill development, counting and imagination.

  Washing (PDF Download)

ROLE-PLAY SCHOOLS

An idea to play at home with your child to build their confidence, familiarity and positivity about starting school.

  Role-Play Schools (PDF Download)

GLOOP

A recipe to make gloop to promote exploration and talk.  Prepare to get messy and sticky!

  Recipe for making Gloop (PDF Download)

PLAY DOUGH

A recipe to make play dough.  Ideas to inspire creativity and talk and to develop fine motor skills.

  Recipe for making Play Dough (PDF Download)

SAND DOUGH

A recipe to make sand dough.  Ideas to nuture children's imagination and talk and to develop fine motor skills.

  Recipe for making Play Dough (PDF Download)

Understanding The World

During the Early Years the development of scientific, geographic, historical, cultural and technological awareness, knowledge and understanding are all under the overarching umbrella of 'Understanding the World'.  Furthermore, this area of learning develops the transferable skills of inquisitiveness, exploration and observation.  Here are some fun activities to inspire your children to learn and beome excited about the world in which they live.

SHAVING FOAM

Another use for shaving foam!  Let your child develop their mark making, pre-writing skills, and extend their use of vacabulary.

  Shaving Foam (PDF Download)

RAINY DAYS

Ideas to put a smile on your child's face even on the rainiest of days, through the exploration of rain, mud and puddles!

  Rainy Days (PDF Download)

TALK BOXES

You may have used 'Treasure Baskets' when your children were babies.  'Talk Boxes' are an extension of these; exploring objects designed to promote talk and the development of vocabulary.

  Talk Boxes (PDF Download)

Learning In The Outdoors

Children love the outdoors.  So much of the Early Years curriculum is delivered and enjoyed in the outdoor environment.  There are endless benefits to learning outside.  Here are a few ideas to make the most of being outside with your children.

RAINY DAYS

Ideas to put a smile on your child's face even on the rainiest of days, through the exploration of rain, mud and puddles!

  Rainy Days (PDF Download)

 MATHS NUMBER GAMES 

Here are a selection of a few very simple Maths games and activities you could play at home with your children.  Playing games is a great activity for practising the skills of taking turns, sharing and respecting rules.

  Maths Number Games (PDF Download)

WASHING

A fun, versatile and wet activity (to play indoors or outdoors) designed to promote a range of skills, including independence, motor skill development, counting and imagination.

  Washing (PDF Download)

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