Monthly Archives: September 2019

ELC – Bake Off for Maths Week – Week Beginning 30 September

I am absolutely delighted that baking is becoming a core experience for our young children in Falkirk settings.

Many of you have locked this into your curriculum rationale stating that this rich experience supports holistic development.

Without exception, baking experiences, done regularly enough, supports children to learn important early mathematical skills such as counting, ordering/sequencing, comparing, estimating, weighing, measuring.

So, to celebrate Maths Week Scotland (w/b 30 September) we are inviting you to get involved in an authority-wide Bake Off for Maths Week.

Prof. Aline-Wendy Dunlop from Strathclyde has thrown her support behind the idea on Twitter:

“Like the word ‘mathematising’ Lisa- like Making ‘human sense’ of maths – so much to talk about in a recipe – quantity, weighing, measuring, estimating, comparing, sequencing – that’s the adult knowledge bit for great interactions – as you say counting and sorting! Lovely idea!”

We are very happy for you to do your own tasting challenge but, to win an authority prize you are asked to:

  • Keep a visual record of how children are developing and using maths knowledge and skills through baking across the week (be as creative as you want). Special consideration should be given to involving parents and the community.

Prizes are available for the best stories.

To register your involvement tweet using #FalkirkELCBakeOffForMaths Tag @FClisamccabe @Falkirk1140 @numhubchampfalk

So far, we have the following settings signed-up:

Camelon ELC Centre

Rannoch ELC Centre

Kinnaird Primary ELC

Victoria Primary ELC

Wellside ELC

St Francis Xavier Primary ELC

Easter Carmuirs Primary ELC

Beancross Primary ELC

Bainsford Primary ELC

Avonbridge Primary ELC

Comely Park Primary ELC

#getinvolved

Three. Two. One. Bake.

 

 

CLPL Calendar

The CLPL for early learning (ELC practitioners and early stages of primary) has been sent to all settings.

The calendar is presented as a powerpoint presentation which, when run as a slide show, has hyperlinks to CPD Manager. EarlyLearningCLPLProgramme20192020

Most sessions can be booked through CPD Manager but some need to be booked via email to Rehana Ali Rehana.Ali@Falkirk.gov.uk Details are on the calendar.

We know that it is important to learn together with others. That is why we are promoting that, whenever possible, more that one person from each setting accesses training opportunities.

The short course: Learning, Teaching & Assessment is delivered across two in-service days. The course is for whole teams and will provide support on all aspects of the learning cycle including planning, observation and the role of the adult in extending and deepening learning. This can be booked for your team by emailing Rehana.Ali@Falkirk.gov.uk

If you have any questions about the CLPL calendar for 2019/2020, please do not hesitate to get on touch with myself or one of the central team.

Lisa

#passionate #learned #reflective

Kym Scott – Support Materials

Over 30 Falkirk practitioners, half of the audience, attended the Power of Play by Kym Scott, which had been organised by Upstart.

Kym’s passion for play-based pedagogy and her advice was both practical and compelling.

Colleagues who attended were given a suite of helpful tools to support reflection and self-evaluation:

  • Adult-Child Interactions
  • Physical environment
  • Outdoor play and learning

These materials are available for you to view and use. Click here to go to the Early Learning Glow Site (glow username and password required).

You will find the materials under the section: Professional Development – Kym Scott Materials

Remember Kym Scott is coming to Falkirk on 27th and 28th February 2020. Save the date.