We are absolutely delighted to say that our Pojo and the Chest of Dreams Create and Show kit was awarded three stars in the Early Years Excellence awards.
The judges said “The Pojo and the Chest of Dreams kit had a vast impact on children’s listening and attention skills. The children were able to interact with, and take part using the puppets, which is also good for social interaction and building confidence.”
It’s good to know our Pojo is such a little star!!
We were also delighted to see Little Livello was also a finalist in the maths category so it’s good to know that we’ve got a whole range of award winning resources.
To see the rest of the winners we’ve attached the awards special for you to have a read. Awards Special
Hope you are well rested after the summer break. In case you missed it next Tuesday 13th is Roald Dahl Day and he would have been 100. It can be hard finding a Dahl story to fit a short session. I chose the Enormous Crocodile because I didn’t know which year group I was going to have this week and works for a number of ages. In fact I have a year 2 group this half term.
We started the session by decorating the characters, some of the group knew the story and some didn’t. I gave them free rein as to how they wanted to decorate their characters with some interesting results including a monkey with feathers. It’s also a good way of seeing what a group’s fine motor skills are like.Continue reading →
Whilst reading yesterday’s letter to the The Telegraph from leading educationists I was pleased to see their call for a more play based curriculum.
Inevitably the media has focused on the call for children to start school later, this has meant the call for more play based learning has been overshadowed. This letter and most studies have focused on play based learning for the under 5s. I believe play based learning has a role at all ages. When we have a good experience whilst learning we retain the knowledge better. We have something to ground that knowledge to. For instance <blog_break>when I’m in schools telling our Chest of Dreams story there is a section where the characters follow the points of a compass to lead them to the treasure. So whilst I’m telling the story or just after I get the kids to follow the directions in the book. As the children have experience of using the compass points during the game they remember them. Should later on they need to recall the information they can go back in their minds to that experience.
Play based learning is also valuable for dyslexics as they learn best through a multi sensory approach. If they were to read the same information about the compass points, they may struggle to understand it as their concentration will be on reading the words rather than understanding the meaning. However if they learn through experience they are more receptive and can easily understand the meaning. As dyslexia is massively under diagnosed there maybe many undiagnosed children in a class.
So I think Mr Gove’s dismissal of the letter mean that he is missing a great opportunity to give kids a lasting education rather than just equipping children to past tests and putting a whole group of kids at a disadvantage.