Tag Archives: Play

Play

It is worth speculating on the nature of curriculum. What is it? Who owns it – and by owning I suppose I’m asking “In whose gift are the decisions about it?” As I’ve pointed out before (notably in the chapter … Continue reading

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EPPSE and beyond

October’s report on pre-school and early home learning effects on A-level outcomes (DFE-RR472A) has some heartening things to say for us who are struggling as Children’s Centres are closing, reshaping or simply looking gloomily at their money being taken away. Lasting … Continue reading

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Attention sp

William Pooley raises some interesting questions here about attention span. Should we be “so willing to assume that every individual has a fixed ‘span’ (which can be stretched, or curtailed, perhaps, but still exists as a kind of objective measure)”? … Continue reading

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Suffering from Childhood

Again the thoughtful and thought-provoking Ken Robinson talking about the nature of learning. Learning or compliance? Teaching or testing? I won’t comment much more, but it does tie in to some extent with last night’s post about my position as … Continue reading

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Well being and the curriculum

The battle recommences. From the noise of battles between EY specialists and the Labour Government at the height of its sense of power in the 90s come similar misunderstandings from the present Government. Liz Truss, whom I have mentioned before, … Continue reading

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Sense of Purpose

Liz Truss has made some comments which, if accurately reported in this morning’s Guardian, suggest that she and I sit at opposite ends of a spectrum of views of how children learn best.  “Free-flow play is not compulsory,” she states … Continue reading

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Toys and drawings

Not much more than could go in a tweet, but the people at Child’s Own Studio have really made me think about children’s drawings. What relationship is there between the drawing and the drawer’s intention? Look at the wonderful inventiveness … Continue reading

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Book Launch

Just to say that there is a Book Launch event at Harcourt Hill at 3.30 on Friday 1st March for our book Themes and Debates.

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Self publicity

Although much of my thinking is tried out in this blog (for example, here), a full book from the Early Childhood Studies team here in the School of Education at Oxford Brookes is published this month. Themes and Debates promises … Continue reading

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New toys

Thanks to Paul Wickens, I have been able to play with word clouds, using the Wordle software. Of course these kinds of  results need interpreting – but note the “must” in the Wordle cloud word frequency for the first chapter of EYFS … Continue reading

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