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Child led learning in practice with Clare Willetts

May 16, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Are you looking for ways to motivate and engage all young learners in your class or setting? Have you considered reviewing how you plan for your class together with planning the learning environment?

This session will look at the provision within our thriving Reception Class and explore how we maintain a balance between child-led and adult-initiated learning; how we utilise next steps and the children’s interests to engage and motivate all of our young learners.

We will provide practical advice, including suggestions of planning formats, activities and timetabling. We will discuss the role of the adult and the environment, and how you can integrate these ideas into your provision.

Session objectives:

  • How to plan for children’s progress using their interests as a starting point, alongside objective-led planning
  • How to maintain a balance within your teaching and what the role of the adult is in supporting children’s learning
  • How to motivate and engage all learners through their environment

This session is aimed at: EYFS ECTs & Teachers, EYFS Practitioners and Teaching Assistants and is designed to build knowledge, skills and confidence in reviewing your current provision and integrating a holistic approach to planning.

What previous participants have said:

Great to see another environment! Really practical ideas and food for thought about what we do and why. Thinking more about quality rather than quantity – one shelf of resources initially. Thank you so much!

A thoroughly interesting session with lots of insights encouraging Child-led learning! It was great to hear a fellow practitioner explaining how they do things as it helps to evaluate one’s own practise and evolve it accordingly!

Really useful and informative. A good mixture of info, pictures and discussion time!

Workshop facilitator:

Clare is an experienced Early Years Lead Teacher and Deputy Head in a School in Oxfordshire. She delivers training for OTSA and OCC.

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Suitable for
Teachers, Teaching Assistants