Joining the Dots | suecowley

At the same time as testing increases and we put ever more pressure on children to achieve high academic results we see rising rates of poor mental health in young people.

At the same time as schools are being put under ever increasing pressure of accountability, the curriculum is narrowing and potential off-rolling is raising serious concerns.

At the same time as exams have got harder, funding has got tighter and SEND support has been cut, behaviour is back in the headlines and exclusion rates are up.

At the same time as workload demands on teachers have got higher, and school funding…

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In Partnership | suecowley

One of the key elements of being in EYFS is that we work in partnership with our parents and families. This phase is about the care, learning and development of the children who attend our settings. Small children have many developmental needs, including things like toilet training, so we have work closely with families to support them as well as we can. Most young children in the 0-4 age group are in PVI (private, voluntary and independent) settings, but many schools also take children from 2 years old and sometimes younger. There is no single moment when a child is ‘toilet trained’ and…

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In Partnership | suecowley

One of the key elements of working in EYFS is that we work in partnership with our parents and families. This phase is about the care, learning and development of the children who attend our settings. Small children have many developmental needs, including things like toilet training, so we have work closely with families to support them as well as we can. Most young children in the 0-4 age group are in PVI (private, voluntary and independent) settings, but many schools also take children from 2 years old and sometimes younger. There is no single moment when a child is ‘toilet trained’ and…

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Navigate the World | suecowley

It’s muddy in the forest

So we have to wear our boots.

That’s the way you do it!

First right foot and then left foot.
The forecast is for rain

So we’ll wear coveralls for luck.

And pack up our tarpaulin

Neatly, in the truck.
There is danger on the road

So we’ll walk in single row

Down the narrow pavement

To the lane where cars don’t go.
On the lane there is a robin

Let’s keep quiet, so it stays,

Keep our eyes peeled for the birds

See what we can spot today.
You’d like to sing a song now?

That’s a really great idea.

We can make a big loud noise now

We can sing…

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Navigate the World | suecowley

It’s muddy in the forest

So we have to wear our boots.

That’s the way you do it!

First right foot and then left foot.
The forecast is for rain

So we’ll wear coveralls for luck.

And pack up our tarpaulin

Neatly, in the truck.
There is danger on the road

So we’ll walk in single row

Down the narrow pavement

To the lane where cars don’t go.
On the lane there is a robin

Let’s keep quiet, so it stays,

Keep our eyes peeled for the birds

See what we can spot today.
You’d like to sing a song now?

That’s a really great idea.

We can make a big loud noise now

We can sing…

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The Power | suecowley

“Just give me, give me, give me the power
And I’ll make them bleed”
Suede

I’m a big fan of silence in classrooms for when teachers are teaching, when children are writing, or when a student is addressing the whole class. In my book on behaviour I talk a lot about how to set ‘one voice’ as a key expectation, how to get the attention of a class, and what to try if your students won’t listen. When we listen to each other, we can learn from each other; silent listening helps to create a calm, respectful atmosphere in which the exchange of ideas can take place or focused individual work can…

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The Power | suecowley

“Just give me, give me, give me the power
And I’ll make them bleed”
Suede

I’m a big fan of silence in classrooms for when teachers are teaching, when children are writing, or when a student is addressing the whole class. In my book on behaviour I talk a lot about how to set ‘one voice’ as a key expectation, how to get the attention of a class, and what to try if your students won’t listen. When we listen to each other, we can learn from each other; silent listening helps to create a calm, respectful atmosphere in which the exchange of ideas can take place or focused individual work can…

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