Taking Year R Induction Virtual!

Every year the Spring and Summer terms in Reception classes are incredibly exciting and busy ones for Early Years teams up and down the country. We seem to find there is always a pressing need to start multi-tasking in earnest as we attempt to balance the learning spurt of our current children with the welcome

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Getting to grips with Virtual Learning

As class teachers, these past few weeks have been especially challenging. With our children becoming increasingly anxious over imminent school closures, and with parents now needing to somehow balance the demands of home schooling alongside work life, we knew we had to find a forum on which we could communicate with our classes and their

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Hooks into Books

Alver Valley Schools’ Year R team trialed a new approach to curriculum planning during the Autumn Term 2019, called “Hooks into Books”. In this article we wanted to share the approach so far, and some of the early impact. We use quality texts at Alver Valley schools to drive curriculum, and parallel texts that sit

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Messy Art Day

Bear Hunt Messy Art Day As Art Leader at Alver Valley Schools, I am lucky enough to work with a highly creative and dedicated Early Years team with an amazing lead.  Messy Art Day all started in PPA one afternoon as we were discussing the text we were planning to use in Reception the following

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