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Conker the Chameleon book cover

Exploring emotions through bookish play

Just like any other skill learning to identify and express emotions is a vital part of healthy social and emotional development in children. That is why it is important to teach and encourage our children how to identify and cope with big emotions.  As parents, teachers and early years practitioners, it can be hard to know how to do this in an engaging way, but in all honesty, it can be as simple as using books such as Conker the Chameleon and open-ended play resources to model feelings. 

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Number fun to 10!

Tried-and-tested inspiration from a Reception class teacher

Rebecca CumminsHi, I’m Rebecca and EYFS is my passion! I love to make my own resources and find resources that promote hands-on learning as much as possible, as well as a good bargain! I have worked in EYFS most of my career so far since university, but I am currently in my 4th year as a Reception class teacher and an EYFS lead. Just over a year ago, I set up a Facebook group and Instagram page called Sparkle and Shine in EYFS to share all my ideas which is going from strength to strength. Including sensory play ideas, play set ups and general inspiration, take a look:

Sparkle and Shine in EYFS on Facebook
Sparkle and Shine in EYFS on Instagram

Here are some of my activity ideas for using Yellow Door’s Number Pebbles, with pre-schoolers through to KS1:

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10 robust resources loved by you!

“We use your resources on a daily basis and our children love them”.

We love to get reviews on our website and are especially pleased to hear how durable and well-used our products prove to be in your busy settings! Niki Wilson, Manager of Folksworth Preschool, gives her feedback on the following resources:

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Moving forward intergenerationally: Growing together while being apart

Moving forward intergenerationally

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic there had been a real growth in the practice of intergenerational learning, with many early years providers developing beneficial partnerships with elder care settings in their community. The evidence-based benefits include improvements in children’s speech and language skills, confidence, well-being and self-esteem. With results like these, it is very important that we maintain contact between our children and the older adult community during this period, and that we develop new strategies for them to communicate meaningfully with each other. In this way we will not only keep the connections that we have made, we will also continue to expand the important work of intergenerational learning and build increasingly connected communities.

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What is maths mastery in the Early Years?

How do you know when a child has mastered something? When a young child is learning to walk, we would not say they have mastered walking when they take their first wobbly step. We would say ‘mastery of walking’ is when they can do it forwards, backwards, uphill, when tired, around objects, on different surfaces and holding someone’s hand. It is the same when mastering an aspect of mathematics. A child has mastered counting to ten when they have a deep understanding of the numbers to ten. This means that they understand the sequence (order), quantities, properties and relationships between numbers 0–10, and they can play around with these and use them in different contexts. It takes time to develop depth of understanding and it is important that children are provided with the time and resources to explore and enjoy number.

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Top Picks for Home Learning – Letters and Sounds

The following language resources have been chosen for parents to use as they play and learn with their children at home. They all work well for one-to-one learning, with some of the resources offering tactile and digital versions to use separately or in tandem.

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