January is the start of a new year, which brings reflection and hope in equal measures, it is a time when people talk about resolutions, changes and new beginnings, which link well to a topic on growth.
Lis Hodgman seasonal series looks at ways you can you still do physical and outdoor number and shape activities in winter, plus ideas to explore maths through the festivals that take place in the colder months.
The third in our series exploring practical activities for introducing concepts that will help children in the Understanding the world area of learning – this month, we look at interactive discovery corners.
Families may observe different festivals towards the end of the calendar year, but general celebratory activities can be shared with all staff, children and parents at this time, regardless of beliefs.
Ofsted proved to be very receptive to Little Barn Owls’ Reggio Emilio approach to learning, highlighting in its report that children learn and play together in a ‘highly stimulating environment’. Karen Hart finds out more.
It is never too early to start researching the local primary schools that your child could attend. But check the eligibility criteria before setting your heart on a particular one, advises Annette Rawstrone.
This article is an extract from the Practical Pre-School book, Developing Early Maths Skills Outdoors; it explores the notion of time in relation to physical development and a child’s mathematical knowledge.