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Last chance!
Thursday 10 May -
Annual Conference with Michael Rosen
a celebration of children enjoying books and becoming readers for life

Couldn't resist sharing these links on the phonics test in England with everyone:
Michael Rosen (1) and Michael Rosen (2)

The lovely examples below are included in the first observation of the new Gallery 3: from Redcliffe Children’s Centre and maintained nursery

A ‘cash point’ in the forest

This example shows how observations of children’s play can reveal their personal interests and rich knowledge.

Children 3 years and 7 months – 4 years 0 months.

The mathematics: numbers and counting; pin number codes; money

In the forest the children found an interesting cluster of fallen trees; one part had a hollow space where children could stand either side. Ayman had looked through and saw potential for it to be a place to get ‘cash’ other children bought into Ayman’s idea to use pieces to represent debit cards, pushing them in the hole they’d found.

Later, Cordelia was keen to try out the popular cash machine for herself “I want a go” she declared. “How many money you want, put your card in there and I can get your money”. “I have to put the special numbers in first... 4, 5,6,7, 8 four moneys please” Phoebe said “okay, I’ll just get them... here you go, thank you bye”. Cordelia exchanged pieces of leaf and bark through the hollow in the trunk.

This pretend play developed to include using the machine to ‘buy’ ice creams, to check passports, and to enable the children ‘to watch television on holiday’.

As the children’s play developed the children making meanings in pretence and imagination, using: early explorations with marks for writing.

To read the full observation go to: Gallery 3


New Members

Welcome to the following new members from the North and North East of England: Jenny Broadbent from Haltwhistle Community Campus, Northumberland; Emily Brunton from St John’s CofE Infant School, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire; Michelle McKenzie, Lindsay Smith and f Sue Tweddle from Belton Land Community Primary School, Grantham, Lincolnshire; Jacqui Madden from Crompton Primary School, Oldham, Manchester; Wendy Maitland from Oldham Hulme Grammar School, Oldham, Manchester; Frankie Owens from Miriam Lord Primary School, Bradford, West Yorkshire and Amy Summerscales from Shibbings Infant School, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. From the Midlands and East Anglia, welcome to Jenny Bailey from Warwick University, Coventry. From London and South East, welcome to Lesley Ogle from Riverside Children's Centre, Canterbury and from the South and South West, welcome to Sharon Morgan Drove Primary School, Swindon and Abby Troke from the University of Warwick and Little Sunbeams Neighbourhood Nursery, Bristol.


New! Gallery 3: Redcliffe Children’s Centre and maintained nursery

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