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Our ever popular twilight sessions celebrate a diverse range of best practice across the curriculum – packed full of inspirational ideas and easy to access as a team. Book soon as places are always in demand.

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Budding Builders! Getting the Most from Construction & Block Play – London Centre Twilight 27 Apr £35.00

Budding Builders! Getting the Most from Construction & Block Play – London Centre

Course description

Young children are powerful and creative learners; making sense of their experiences with people, objects and events. Through construction and block play they have opportunities to problem solve, create imaginative new worlds and work collaboratively. During this practical twilight we will use the interactive environments at each Centre to explore the range of meaningful and relevant learning opportunities available to children. We will also be looking carefully at how construction and blocks can be organised and imaginatively linked to other resources to provide extensive learning opportunities across the whole curriculum.

Benefits

  • A clear understanding of how resources can be used to support learning across the curriculum.
  • Imaginative and practical ideas for continuous provision and enhancements.
Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Consultant
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Experienced teachers working in EYFS and Y1
Venue, Date & Time
London Centre
Thursday 27th April, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
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From Mark Making to Writing – Northern Centre Twilight 27 Apr £35.00

From Mark Making to Writing – Northern Centre

Course description

During this twilight we will explore how, as children are immersed in opportunities to explore and experiment, their desire to express, represent and record in a variety of ways emerges. The link between play and mark making will be explored with practical examples of how to harness children’s active interest in the world around them to support, motivate and inspire their desire to draw and write.

By attending this twilight you and your team will be able to reflect on the role of the adult in supporting children’s early writing skills, gaining inspirational ideas to help you develop mark making opportunities indoors and out in ways that ensure that, as children develop the skills of writing, they apply these within their play with greater complexity.

Benefits

  • Inspiring and practical solutions to supporting mark making provision.
  • An understanding of harnessing children’s interests as a starting point for mark making.
Course type Twilight
Led by Andy Burt Curriculum Consultant
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers with a wealth of experience in EYFS and Y1
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Thursday 27th April, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
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Magical Make-believe: Role Play Outdoors – London Centre Twilight 09 May £35.00

Magical Make-believe: Role Play Outdoors – London Centre

Course description

Children have an overwhelming desire to be involved in role play and so it is important that we plan an environment which encourages dramatic experiences. Outdoors there is so much more scope for movement and play can be on a much larger scale than indoors.

During this twilight practitioners will consider the importance of developing the outdoor space to ensure that children have opportunities to set up their own role play scenes, enabling them to follow their own interests. There will be many exciting examples of ways in which to encourage children to work cooperatively together, discuss, share, negotiate and contemplate when engaged in role play scenarios.

Benefits

  • An understanding of how role play supports children’s learning and development.
  • Imaginative and practical ideas for developing role play outdoors.
Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
London Centre
Tuesday 9th May, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
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Magical Make-believe: Role Play Outdoors – Northern Centre Twilight 11 May £35.00

Magical Make-believe: Role Play Outdoors – Northern Centre

Course description

Children have an overwhelming desire to be involved in role play and so it is important that we plan an environment which encourages dramatic experiences. Outdoors there is so much more scope for movement and play can be on a much larger scale than indoors.

During this twilight practitioners will consider the importance of developing the outdoor space to ensure that children have opportunities to set up their own role play scenes, enabling them to follow their own interests. There will be many exciting examples of ways in which to encourage children to work cooperatively together, discuss, share, negotiate and contemplate when engaged in role play scenarios.

Benefits

  • An understanding of how role play supports children’s learning and development.
  • Imaginative and practical ideas for developing role play outdoors.
Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Thursday 11th May, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
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In the Den! Extending Collaborative Thinking Outdoors – London Centre Twilight 16 May £35.00

In the Den! Extending Collaborative Thinking Outdoors – London Centre

Course description

Young children have a great need for small, nurturing nooks and crannies, and these are especially important in outdoor spaces. Dens have a special appeal and can generate wonderful ways for children to interact, collaborate and problem solve.

Focusing on dens as a major ingredient of rich high quality provision outdoors, this twilight session will examine why den making is so important for young children’s development. It will identify the roots of children’s needs for refuge, reflect on the learning that comes from den building and explore places and materials for inspiring effective den construction and play.

Benefits

  • An understanding of the need for and value of den construction and play.
  • Imaginative and practical ideas to support den building outdoors.
Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £35.00 exc. Vat
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
London Centre
Tuesday 16th May, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
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In the Den! Extending Collaborative Thinking Outdoors – Northern Centre Twilight 17 May £35.00

In the Den! Extending Collaborative Thinking Outdoors – Northern Centre

Course description

Young children have a great need for small, nurturing nooks and crannies, and these are especially important in outdoor spaces. Dens have a special appeal and can generate wonderful ways for children to interact, collaborate and problem solve.

Focusing on dens as a major ingredient of rich high quality provision outdoors, this twilight session will examine why den making is so important for young children’s development. It will identify the roots of children’s needs for refuge, reflect on the learning that comes from den building and explore places and materials for inspiring effective den construction and play.

Benefits

  • An understanding of the need for and value of den construction and play.
  • Imaginative and practical ideas to support den building outdoors.
Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Wednesday 17th May, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
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Magnifying Maths: Working on a Large Scale Outdoors – London Centre Twilight 07 Jun £35.00

Magnifying Maths: Working on a Large Scale Outdoors – London Centre

Course description

Join this twilight with your team and gain practical ideas to stimulate maths outdoors. During the twilight we will explore how in the outdoors, children use their muscles and minds together to learn new things. When they lift, carry, transport, dig, balance and fill they are exploring many of their own ideas and challenging key concepts. By using large, open-ended materials and by exploring a wide range of possibilities, outdoor play can provide many opportunities for children to experience real mathematics on a large scale.

Through highly active, physical experiences children thoroughly embed their understanding of early mathematical concepts and learn to use mathematical vocabulary in purposeful and meaningful ways. This twilight will outline the key experiences, resources and organisation which are needed to support and extend children’s early mathematical thinking and will provide valuable strategies for providing inspiring maths in a big way outdoors.

Benefits

  • An opportunity to reflect on how we can best nurture and challenge mathematical concepts outdoors.
  • An understanding of the importance of big movements and physically challenging resources.
  • A clear action plan for how we can create sustained improvement and make maths exciting, challenging and inspiring.
Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Consultant
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
London Centre
Wednesday 7th June, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
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Magnifying Maths: Working on a Large Scale Outdoors – Northern Centre Twilight 22 Jun £35.00

Magnifying Maths: Working on a Large Scale Outdoors – Northern Centre

Course description

Join this twilight with your team and gain practical ideas to stimulate maths outdoors. During the twilight we will explore how in the outdoors, children use their muscles and minds together to learn new things. When they lift, carry, transport, dig, balance and fill they are exploring many of their own ideas and challenging key concepts. By using large, open-ended materials and by exploring a wide range of possibilities, outdoor play can provide many opportunities for children to experience real mathematics on a large scale.

Through highly active, physical experiences children thoroughly embed their understanding of early mathematical concepts and learn to use mathematical vocabulary in purposeful and meaningful ways. This twilight will outline the key experiences, resources and organisation which are needed to support and extend children’s early mathematical thinking and will provide valuable strategies for providing inspiring maths in a big way outdoors.

Benefits

  • An opportunity to reflect on how we can best nurture and challenge mathematical concepts outdoors.
  • An understanding of the importance of big movements and physically challenging resources.
  • A clear action plan for how we can create sustained improvement and make maths exciting, challenging and inspiring.

 

Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Consultant
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Thursday 22nd June, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
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What’s in a Story? Enriching Language & Literacy Outdoors – Northern Centre Twilight 27 Jun £35.00

What’s in a Story? Enriching Language & Literacy Outdoors – Northern Centre

Course description

If children experience stories from birth they have a head start in developing early language and literacy skills, as they are familiar with story structures, characters, plots and settings. This in turn influences them as storytellers and authors in their own right. Children who are able to tell the best stories often become the best story writers!

In this twilight practitioners will explore the unique opportunities for engaging young children in the art of storytelling in the outdoors through ‘big thinking’. Delegates will have the opportunity to discover new ways to enrich practice using a wide range of resources and provocations that will inspire children’s creative thinking.

Benefits

  • A deeper understanding of the power of storytelling to develop children’s language.
  • Practical and inspiring ideas for using outdoors to support children’s creative thinking.
Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Tuesday 27th June, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
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What’s in a Story? Enriching Language & Literacy Outdoors – London Centre Twilight 29 Jun £35.00

What’s in a Story? Enriching Language & Literacy Outdoors – London Centre

Course description

If children experience stories from birth they have a head start in developing early language and literacy skills, as they are familiar with story structures, characters, plots and settings. This in turn influences them as storytellers and authors in their own right. Children who are able to tell the best stories often become the best story writers!

In this twilight practitioners will explore the unique opportunities for engaging young children in the art of storytelling in the outdoors through ‘big thinking’. Delegates will have the opportunity to discover new ways to enrich practice using a wide range of resources and provocations that will inspire children’s creative thinking.

Benefits

  • A deeper understanding of the power of storytelling to develop children’s language.
  • Practical and inspiring ideas for using outdoors to support children’s creative thinking.
Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
London Centre
Thursday 29th June, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
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From One Small Thing: Planning Inspirational Challenges for Y1 – London Centre Twilight 27 Jun £35.00

From One Small Thing: Planning Inspirational Challenges for Y1 – London Centre

Course description

As children move from the EYFS into Y1, challenging them to think about what if, how and why is critical to their cognitive development. We need to ensure that we provide meaningful and exciting opportunities for them to question, share ideas, predict and hypothesise.

Drawing on case studies, this new, hands-on twilight will explore diverse ways that teachers in Y1 can successfully stretch children’s thinking, offering them challenges that fire their imagination and help them develop their problem solving skills. Come along to be challenged and inspired!

Benefits

  • An understanding of the relationship between challenge and cognitive development.
  • Practical strategies to successfully introduce challenge into the classroom, indoors and outdoors.
Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Consultant
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
London Centre
Tuesday 27th June, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
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From One Small Thing: Planning Inspirational Challenges for Y1 – Northern Centre Twilight 05 Jul £35.00

From One Small Thing: Planning Inspirational Challenges for Y1 – Northern Centre

Course description

As children move from the EYFS into Y1, challenging them to think about what if, how and why is critical to their cognitive development. We need to ensure that we provide meaningful and exciting opportunities for them to question, share ideas, predict and hypothesise.

Drawing on case studies, this new, hands-on twilight will explore diverse ways that teachers in Y1 can successfully stretch children’s thinking, offering them challenges that fire their imagination and help them develop their problem solving skills. Come along to be challenged and inspired!

Benefits

  • An understanding of the relationship between challenge and cognitive development.
  • Practical strategies to successfully introduce challenge into the classroom, indoors and outdoors.
Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Consultant
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Wednesday 5th July, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
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