Category: Learning, Teaching & Assessment

Family Songs at Home

#Sway7 #SingatHomeFC

Let’s get creative and sing into Spring with a wonderful traditional nursery rhyme, our YMI tutor Laura sings “Humpty Dumpty”. Our speech and language therapy friend Evelyn shares the Makaton signs. Some children may want to make a Humpty Dumpty and build a wall or act out the rhyme through play.

Shhhhhh our next song is a favourite of many children Claire our YMI tutor sings “Sleeping Bunnies”. Children may wish to be a bunny and curl up and go to sleep…could an adult sing to you and then you wake up and start hopping, jumping, skipping etc. Maybe the children would like to sing it to their family, teddy or dolly. Have fun singing, sleeping and moving together.

Thank you to YMI tutors Cameron, Gareth and Pat for playing the musical instruments to accompany the songs and making the video to share.

We have a lovely little version to share of “Bubble Bee” this is a favourite little rhyme with many of our ELC settings. It’s never too early to start singing with babies. Look how (YMI) Susanne’s baby responds to the words. Songs are also a wonderful way to sooth and comfort babies and young children.

Can we please all promote this sway in ways which adhere to guidance (therefore not in large groups indoors) and provide lots of provocations for children to sing during play and particularly outdoors to support the many benefits singing, rhymes and movement experiences have for children. Can we also be very mindful of the importance of singing as a means to comfort our young children and this is something we can continue to do.

Use this link to access our seventh Family Songs at Home sway- https://sway.office.com/qNhnhiQBrFOmTWhv?ref=Link&loc=play

Please send the link to your families to join in at home.

If families wish to share photographs and videos of them taking part in the Sing at Home songs that would be lovely as we are hoping to collate these as examples to share on our Falkirk Froebel approaches to literacy blog, we would love to show the singing happening at home #FabFalkirkFamilies.

You can share these with us on twitter by tagging @FalkirkFroebel and using the #SingatHomeFC

We would love if you can join in!!

      

Gratitude to all for making: Family Songs at Home possible. And to all the #FabFalkirkFolk helping to spread the joy and benefits that singing, rhymes and movement brings to children and families.

#wonderisers

Family Songs at Home

#Sway6 #SingatHomeFC

Let’s get creative and encourage as much singing and chatting as we can, our YMI tutors Yorick and Cameron share “Chatter on the Children’s Train” with two wonderful versions via a video and audio.

 

I wonder how many of us can do the Makaton signs?

Teresa shares some key signs to help us learn to share with children and families and ELC settings.

 

Our second song is a lovely finger play song and Kirsty and Gareth our YMI tutors have made a fabulous video of:

“Five Little Peas”

 

Could we all promote in our ELC settings by saying the words along with the Makaton and provide lots of provocations for children to sing during play particularly outdoors. At home it would be wonderful if families could sing at home.

 

Use this link to access Family Songs at Home, Sway 6- https://sway.office.com/QVBR2ndfXgDjFeiJ?ref=Link&loc=play

Please send the link to your families to join in at home: https://sway.office.com/QVBR2ndfXgDjFeiJ?ref=Link

 

If families wish to share photographs and videos of them taking part in the Sing at Home songs that would be lovely.

You can share these with us on twitter by tagging @FalkirkFroebel and using the #SingatHomeFC

We would love if you can join in!!

  

We would like to say thank you to all for making: Family Songs at Home possible. And to all the #FabFalkirkFolk helping to spread the joy and benefits that singing brings to children.

Family Songs at Home

#Sway5 #SingatHomeFC

Team Falkirk as we welcome our children back are we ready to join in to help spread the joy and love of singing with our ELC families?  

You may already know we have a special friend called Dug eSgoil in Falkirk this week who loves music and singing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope our first song will bring smiles and joy: as our YMI tutors Laura and Cameron share “Sing a Rainbow” with two wonderful versions via a video and audio.

I wonder how many of us can do the Makaton signs?

Our second song will get arms, hands and fingers moving as Kirsty and Gareth our YMI tutors “Wind the bobbin up”.

 

Maybe we could say the words along with the Makaton signs at ELC, especially if we are outdoors and see a rainbow. At home we can encourage families to join in as we learn together in unity with children and families.

Use this link to access the  Family Songs at Home sway-

Please send to your families to ask if they would like to join in at home

If you wish you can share with us on twitter by tagging @FalkirkFroebel and using the #SingatHomeFC

  • We would love if you can join in!!

The following family poster is also available on glow if you would like to personalise to your setting and share.

We would like to thank all our wonderful ELC settings and families for joining in with Family Songs at Home sways. #FabFalkirkFolk

Thank you also to everyone who contributes to putting the Family at Home sways together including YMI mentors and Susanne Bell, Evelyn Anderson from FV speech and language therapy for Makaton support, Nikki Kirkwood for sharing this sway Makaton signs, Helena Mac Phail for creating the Sways, Donna Green for co-ordinating, Lisa Boa and a few of our wee people for the wonderful illustrations created.

We believe #Collaboration is key and when we all work collectively together amazing things can happen for our children whom all this is for.

 

 

 

 

Falkirk Family Songs at Home

#Sway4 #SingatHomeFC

Team Falkirk- are we ready to join in to help spread the joy and love of singing with our ELC families #SingAtHomeFC? 

 

As we move onto the month of February let’s get creative and  spread some love through music

 

We start off by singing a Scottish Gaelic song called Madainn mhath pronounced: Mateen-va, which means Good morning

We then move on to explore a fun song about love called Skinamarinky

 Before Reaching the fabulous creative winter poem written by Lisa McCabe ELC Service Manager, inspired by the weather and transformed through music by Jaclyn Connington, Falkirk High School, Music teacher. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our children could creatively voice their words to create their own poem or songs.

Use this link to access the forth sway– 

https://sway.office.com/kzpBzXckxwbDNezs?ref=Link&loc=play

Send the link to your families to encourage them to sing together at home.

  • Send the sway to ask families to join in. If they wish to share photographs and videos of them taking part in the Sing at Home songs that would be lovely. You can then share this with us on twitter by tagging @FalkirkFroebel and using the #SingatHomeFC
  • We would love if you can join in too!! Learn the Makaton signs. Listen to the music and songs. Why not get your own family to join in and share your fabulous singing and Makaton signing with us.

 

We would like to thank all our ELC settings and families for joining in with our Family Songs at Home sways. So far we have had 1406 views in our first sway , 432 views in the second sway and 851 views in the third sway.

Thank you also goes out to everyone who contributes to putting the Family at Home sways together including Lisa Boa for the wonderful illustrations she creates.

We believe #Collaboration is key and when we all work collectively together amazing things can happen for our children whom all this is for.

 

 

Sing at Home Sway 3

#Sway3 #SingatHomeFC Campaign!

Team Falkirk- are we ready to join in to help spread the joy of singing with our #SingAtHomeFC?

 

As we celebrate the great Robert Burns on 25th January, we have added a wee Scottish rhyme “Wee Willie Winkie”.

                                         

  • Ask families to share photographs and videos of them taking part in the Sing at Home songs. You can then share this with us on twitter by tagging @FalkirkFroebel and using the #SingatHomeFC
  • Join in too!! Learn the Makaton signs. Listen to the music and songs. Why not get your own family to join in and share your fabulous singing and Makaton signing with us.

“The Mulberry Bush” is our other song which is a popular seasonal song to get us all moving.

Let us try and create opportunities to spread the joy and the importance of singing and rhymes

Use this link to access the third sway                 

Send the link to your families to encourage them to sing together at home.

#wonderisers

Falkirk Early Years Blether Sessions

 

We hope you are all safe and well. Things are a little different once again but we are heartened to see teams pull together for their children and families.

Whilst ELC settings are closed to many children it is a good time for us to take the chance to join together (albeit virtually) to share ideas and aspects of our good practice.  The Falkirk early learning central team and early years pedagogues would like to invite you to take part in our series of “Falkirk Early Years blether sessions”.  These blethers will provide opportunities for us all to gather and discuss aspects of high-quality practice relating to a range of contexts.  All blethers will take place on our dedicated group on Microsoft Teams called “Falkirk Early Years blether sessions”.   No sign up is required; just join the blethers of your choice after joining the team using the code (please see your SEYO to access the join code). Further details have been sent out to Leadership Teams this afternoon.

As always, please get in touch with your cluster link should you have any questions or need any support.

Christmas Family Songs at Home

#Sway2 #SingatHomeFC Campaign!

Team Falkirk- are we ready to join in to help spread the joy of singing with our Christmas #SingAtHomeFC?

Use this link to access the second sway. Remember to:

  • Send the link to your families to encourage them to sing together at home.
  • Ask families to share photographs and videos of them taking part in the Sing at Home songs. You can then share this with us on twitter by tagging @FalkirkFroebel and using the #SingatHomeFC
  • Join in too!! Learn the Makaton signs. Listen to the music and songs. Why not get your own family to join in and share your fabulous singing and Makaton signing with us.

Christmas Holidays are coming… hoping they will be filled with love and happiness for each and every one of you!

Marvellous Moments for Marvellous Mealtimes

I can honestly say I am absolutely blown away by the commitment and focus our Falkirk practitioners have had in implementing marvellous mealtimes. Just two years ago only two settings in Falkirk were implementing the very beginning of the approach.

Fast forward a few years with some challenges, a lot of possibilities, a few case studies and a few ( a lot!) visitors and we now have Marvellous Mealtimes sweeping across Falkirk.

While this year has been challenging in many ways, it was important not to lose focus of what is truly important to us in early years- to ensure our wee people are at the heart of all we do. As oor Lisa McCabe likes to remind us- “keep the main thing, the main thing” and put simply this is what you have done practitioners of Falkirk!

Of course there is still challenges and hurdles to overcome, however being solution focused, sharing practice and seeking support when needed is paramount in moving forward.

As we move forward in the marvellous mealtime experience and “The Larder” begins to provide opportunities for us to cook and bake with children, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to go over a few considerations and top tips.

Considerations

Baking and cooking should still be happening regularly within your setting. However, as we know, things have had to be adapted and routines altered. The following points will support you in developing baking and cooking. :

  • Cooking and baking should be implemented in small groups- a maximum of 3 children.
  • Children should have access to their own set of ingredients and tools.
  • Children should not prepare foods for others. Simply- they can only eat what they prepare.

Have a look at some of these examples from our #FabFalkirkFolk

 

 

 

 

 

In each of these examples you will notice how children have their own ingredients and tools with small groups of children taking part.

Marvellous Mealtimes Top Tips

  • While a small group of children bake or group in a day it doesn’t mean that the larder can’t be used for the whole setting. For example while your wee bakers mix, measure and roll their own bread; a batch for the rest of the children can be made individually by a practitioner for everyone at snack, following the appropriate cooksafe procedures. Access the most up-to-date version of cooksafe here.
  • It’s important children have the right tools. These knives are sturdy and safe but do the job. If we want children to develop the skills for baking and cooking, butter knives for chopping will simply not cut it (no pun intended!). Follow the link here.
  • Maximizing the outdoor space is a great way of continuing the marvellous mealtimes experience. Get your wee people involved in developing their eating spaces outdoors.
  • Be aware of your snack time experience- are there tongs and spoons for children to use? Do children have their own knives for spreading? How long is snack available for? Do children help to plan their snack menu and choose which foods to eat?
And finally…

The Scottish Government have updated their Early Years COVID Guidance including a snack and mealtimes update. You can access this here.

“It is important to continue to ensure that mealtimes are a relaxed and enjoyable time where children can socialise, while implementing practical approaches to prevent the spread and control of infection.” (Scottish Government, 2020)

As always please just get in touch if you have any questions at gemma.paterson@falkirk.gov.uk. Remember to access the marvellous mealtimes section on  Falkirk Early Learning – Home 

#wonderisers

Falkirk Home Bubble Sing-A-Long

Join in Falkirk with our new #SingatHomeFC Campaign!

We know that singing is a valuable experience in ELC. Due to our current circumstances this won’t be happening as regularly as normal. Hence our mission to encourage our Falkirk families and children to sing at home! Some of our Falkirk Froebel Family have connected as a community of early years practitioners to produce songs, rhymes and music to share with our families through a sing at home campaign.

We have been supported from our wonderful colleagues at Speech and Language Therapy services, YMI and Falkirk High School music teachers to collaborate and produce a series of Sing at home sways.

Each sway will have a minimum of either two lullaby’s, rhymes or songs, with real instruments to accompany them, illustrations, along with Makaton signs for actions. Thank you to all of the fabulous #fabfalkirkfolk that helped make this happen.

We plan to create a series of 8 sways which will be shared over a period of time. Our first Sing at home sway is being launched on St Andrews Day 30th November 2020 hence the  Scottish song choices.

There is also the link to the Froebel Trust  pamphlet which explains the many benefits to songs rhymes and finger plays through a Froebelian perspective.

Helena MacPhail (EYP at Sacred Heart ELC) has been focusing on singing as part of her pedagogue project and her Froebel in Childhood Practice course. Helena has used different resources, including singing spoons, which have been a great success as provocations for sparking spontaneous singing with children. I wonder what ideas our Falkirk practitioners have for encouraging families to sing at home? Remember to share and tag us in your tweets @FalkirkFroebel and use #SingatHomeFC

So Team Falkirk- what do we need you to do?

  • Use this link to access the first sway- https://sway.office.com/OC88PTwNg5qdprXC?ref=Link Send the link to your families to encourage them to sing together at home. You might use different platforms to communicate with your families such as Seesaw and the link can be easily shared this way. You can also use twitter to encourage families to join in.
  • Ask families to share photographs and videos of them taking part in the Sing at Home songs. You can then share this with us on twitter by tagging @FalkirkFroebel and using the #SingatHomeFC
  • Join in too!! Why not get your own family to join in and share your fabulous singing voices with us!

Let’s go Falkirk! #WeAreFalkirk

 

Children’s Play

“Children’s play is crucial to Scotland’s
wellbeing; socially, economically and
environmentally. Children learn as they play
and bringing more play into the school day
helps foster children’s natural curiosity and
motivation to learn.”

(Maree Todd MSP,  in Play Scotland’s Playful Pedgogy: a guide to getting started , September 2020)

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In Falkirk we have embraced play as a vehicle for learning in our early learning and early primary settings for many years.   Our ambition is for children in Falkirk to experience a broad, stimulating curriculum which is informed by their prior learning and interests about the world around them.  As highly skilled practitioners who ask thoughtful questions and facilitate learning with depth, challenge and application we aim to support and guide every child to progress their learning.  We provide a developmentally appropriate approach to teaching in learning; informed by research which shows that young children learn best through play and first hand experiences (Bruce, 2015).    Our Play is the Way approach supports and extends children’s learning by providing them with regular opportunities to:

  • make their own choices and decisions;
  • return to experiences over time to deepen learning and practice skills;
  • discuss thoughts, ask questions and extend their ideas

Adapted from Practice guidance materials for Play Pedagogy in the early stages of primary school (Falkirk Council 2020)

This approach is described in research as play pedagogy and in Falkirk, Play is the Way is our play pedagogy brand.  Through following #playisthewayFC on Twitter, it is clear to see the passion and commitment Falkirk educators have for play pedagogy  and we are so proud of the many inspiring and motivating spaces, experiences and interactions being provided for Falkirk’s children.  Here are just a couple of recent examples from #playisthewayFC.

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For more information about play pedagogy click on the links in the text above or access Play is the Way – the full story  for more detailed information and guidance (Glow sign-in required to access Falkirk Council materials).

#wonderisers