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Consider how your placement setting was effective in meeting the learning needs of all the children,

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Consider how your placement setting was effective in meeting the learning needs of all the children, with specific reference to: 1. Communication, Language and Literacy 2. Mathematical Development 3. Knowledge and Understanding of the World In this assignment I will explain what I understand the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage to be about. I will also describe the nursery setting in which I was placed and discuss if it was effective in promoting a positive learning environment. My 3-5 placement was based at Gorse Hall Nursery in Stalybridge. And finally I intend to discuss how the nursery setting encouraged the children to develop their learning in Communication: Language and Literacy, Mathematical Development and Knowledge and Understanding of the World. I will draw upon my observations, experiences and study tasks to discuss my understanding of the Foundation Stage. According to Keating, I, (2002), "...the Foundation Stage is crucial in helping every child to develop skills, knowledge and understanding, attitudes and concepts which will prepare them not only for entry into full-time school but for the rest of their lives." Children are already bringing with them a range of experiences and personal interests from home and it essential that the teacher discover these and implement them into their planning. Gorse Hall Nursery follow a school policy which suggests that teachers develop a partnership with parents. Parents are encouraged to come in to nursery and talk to staff if they have any concerns. They are also involved in their child's learning by bringing in objects related to the letter of the week which the children share with the rest of the class. A library is set up on Wednesdays to allow parents the opportunity to choose a book with their child. Through all these activities with children and parents, the teachers are able to learn their interests and can encourage parents to read to their children. ...read more.


The children are kept motivated by the variety of resources available and the freedom to choose and explore at their space and time. "It is also important that all the resources ...are attractively displayed, and organized in such a way that children can access them independently." (Keating, I, 2002, pg.15) The book corner is full of a wide selection of books which the children can access at any time. It is set up with a comfortable little sofa and cushions and the children sit with books and tell stories to each other in accordance to the pictures. Although the children are unable to read the words they are becoming familiar with seeing words and can often follow the story by the pictures. For my task I chose a singing game 'Hickory Dickory Dock' (see appendix 4). I sang the rhyme with the children two times and then I asked the children to see if they notice anything different. I planned to change 'clock' to 'wall' to prompt a reaction. Some children didn't really notice any difference but most showed a reaction to the incorrect word. I used a musical instrument to motivate the children. I found this task quite difficult as I found it difficult to pitch my lesson at the right level. However, the children enjoyed singing and met my set learning objectives. Knowledge and Understanding of the World is effectively executed through role-play activities. A different role-play activity is set up weekly and I observed a bus and shopping role play activity. The children decided where they were going on the bus journey. They chose swimming baths, the park and birthday parties. They imagined the journey and described the bumps in the road and trees and discussed what they were going to do when they got there. This setting builds curiosity and interest and allows the children to make decisions which is recommended in the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage. ...read more.


The staff introduce a letter of the week and they ask parents to find objects at home beginning with the letter and bring it to nursery to share with the rest of the children. They have a star of the day and parents come in to pin the star on the chosen child. Task 5 - Planning for Learning How does the team decide what experiences to plan for? The team plan after they have found out the children's interests from their parents. How does the team plan for play? Ensuring that there is a variety of activities to keep the children engaged. The maths table and writing table is changed daily. There is planned role play weekly e.g. bus and shopping The workshop area is used differently to introduce new materials. How are observations and assessment used to inform planning? Observations are used to identify any gaps in their learning, once identified they are incorporated into their learning. If a member of staff observe a child struggling with an activity or resource, they incorporate into a whole class session incase any other children have the same difficulties. What do you think is the most important thing to consider when planning experiences for young children? The planning must begin by building on prior knowledge and experiences, it is ineffective to teach something that the children have no experience of. Then ensuring they are planned within a context e.g. Autumn, fruit and veg. Making them enjoyable. Compare and contrast children's behaviour/ responses/attitudes in the morning and in the afternoon. What do you notice? The children are different in the afternoon so it is difficult to compare behaviour. The afternoon children have more problems with concentration, especially at story time when they fidget a lot more. The afternoon children need more supervision than the morning children. Does the planning reflect children's responses in the morning and afternoon? Task five continue... The planning is the same in the afternoon as the morning but is executed a little differently according to the temperament of the children. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nazia Suleman 3-5 Placement Assignment 1 ...read more.

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