Art- session 3
Monday May 05th 2014, 3:55 pm  Tagged , , , , ,
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We began this lecture by looking at the art and inferences made in story books. In group we spoke about the use of expression on characters as well as simple versus complicated art work. We decided to look particularly at The Rainbow Fish. we were then asked to create a background and characters for our story. We decided to change the story slightly and have a rainbow mermaid instead. Whilst one person made the background using layering and collage, another made the rainbow mermaid and I made the wise octopus. The idea was to then use a app such as imovie to create a story with the background and the characters. Unfortunately we ran out of time in the lecture and I don’t have a tablet myself so I wasn’t able to do this.

this would work really well as a cross curricular activity, it engaged children who have different skill sets and also makes the story more memorable as they are fully immersed in it.

The background in progress

Creating the Background

Concentrating hard on making octopus legs

Using clay as a medium to create characters


Music- session 3
Monday May 05th 2014, 3:40 pm  Tagged , , ,
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In this session we used the tune of One finger, One thumb , to tell a well known traditional tale. My group were given The Gingerbread Man and we came up with the main points of the story for each verse and then added detail that had the right number of syllables to fit the tune. This was our song;

The old man was hungry x3

so his wife made gingerbread men.

one jumped out the oven x3

and then ran away.

They chased him down the road x3 

until they came to a river.

The fox said jump on x3

I’ll take you across the river. 

The fox had an idea x3

what’s going to happen, oh dear. 

The fox was very cheeky x3

he ate the ginger bread man.

This repeated refrain in this song means that the children are able to join in and are also more likely to remember the structure of the story.

Music- session 1
Monday May 05th 2014, 3:23 pm  Tagged , , , ,
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During this lecture we looked at exciting ways to engage children with music. This was done using well known stories, interests and their own interests. Some of these I had heard of before but it was great to learn some new ones. These are especially useful in EYFS as they really seem to love expressing themselves musical at the stage and if help to learn stories trough repeated refrains. This video shows us teaching the rest of the group.

One activity I really liked was using traditional tales and adding sound effects.  As a game which added a rhyme to passing round a magic bag. The contents of the bag was a secret as when the song stopped the child was able to feel inside the bad and make a guess as to what they though was inside. this is great as  I feel this could be use for literally anything. For example, shapes in Maths or letter sounds in Phonics.

I used this to teach rhyming words as a whole class literacy activity. I found it to really engaging and after the lesson children accessed the activity without an adult focusing them. A child also asked me if we could try this activity again which was really encouraging!

Feb 10

In this session we looked at using recycles materials to make instruments. This really engaged me as this is a great use junk modelling to create something that can be used as a musical instrument… whilst working on fine motor skills and being fun!

Below is a picture of all of the instruments we tried


This is a shaker which children seem to really enjoy. We had a go at making them in my class using small beads, two yoghurt pots and some sellotape. So simple and the children really enjoyed working towards a end result which they could then use in a different activity.


this was my favourite musical instrument and I would enjoy trying different materials to try to make different sounds such as; shells, bottle tops, little yoghurt pots or anything I come across really!!



Dance- session 1
Monday May 05th 2014, 2:46 pm  Tagged , , , ,
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In this session we look at using dance as a way of telling stories or nursery rhymes.This ties in with two Early Learning Goals from the EYFS development matters document. These are; Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them, and they represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.

We did a few different activities in this session but the one I am most likely to implement in a lesson is the dance we did to tell the story of Humpty Dumpty. firstly, we went though the story using pictures. We then had a go at creating a move for each picture. Finally we put this to music to create a dance.

Here is the video of us doing the Humpty Dumpty dance


I often ask children to help me act out parts of a story so putting it to music is a really great idea and helps to create ideas the children ca use during play.

What to wear in different weathers
Monday November 18th 2013, 1:51 pm
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We have created a quiz presentation aimed at early years Reception children, to help gain understanding with the appropriate clothes to wear in the different weather conditions.

This links to the EYFS- PSED personal, social and emotional development area of being confident to speak to others about own needs, wants, interests and opinions 40 – 60 months.  Understanding the world – looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change. 40 – 60 months.

This is possible to use in a wider curriculum, and is easily adapted to different age groups.

We made the presentation on photo peach –

The presentation was easy to make. We started by setting up an account, we then uploaded our own photos which we found from google images. We then clicked the add quiz button and made up appropriate questions (these can be changed depending on the age group). We decided that as this was going to be aimed at reception children having the answers written would not be accessible so we decided to add a photo of the correct answer displaying after the slide with the questions on. We then added music and a timer and the presentation was finished.



Art Lecture two- Imagine
Monday November 18th 2013, 9:11 am  Tagged , , , , , , ,
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In this lecture we looked at your a range of materials, and our imaginations! We started by warming up our imaginations using items round the room to sculpt ourselves in a character. This helped to show us that although to us, our ideas are clear, to others they may not be! It also made Art more exciting and activity- which is how it should be.

We were then given a piece of black paper and chalk and were asked to make marks relating to the instruction given by the lecturer.  These were simple instructions such as ‘draw rain’. The lecturer also began by making it clear that there was no right or wrong answer- this was great for someone who is not confident in their Art, such as me! We often relate mark making to writing so it was a refreshing perspective to also think of it in terms of Art. This related clearly to the Expressive Art  portion of the EYFS curriculum and it certainly something I would like to have a go at in the future, possibly related to story maps or role play.

We then looked at using a repeated line in order to create a piece of Art. As a group, we choose a swirl, and repeated it many times using different colours, sizes and material. It started off looking a mess but quickly began to look like a interesting piece! This again looks at not removing the need for a right or wrong answer and instead allows children to be as creative as they might dare. Using this activity as group work means that more confident or artistic children are able to scaffold the learn of those who need a push in the right direction.

Finally, we were introduced to using digital media as art, we tried to use the ipad to take picture as letters we could see formed in the world around us. This sounded very easy…until you start looking! However, this is a great cross- curricular use as it related ICT, Art and Phonics. I personally think this would work really well with my lower ability Phonics group as it really brings phonics to life and helps to make it a lot more active.


Since this lecture I have tried the letter finding activity with a Phonics group. I started by explaining the activity to the class and Showing them the examples I had found in the lesson. I used paint to draw the letters over the top as the picture to make sure that no misconceptions could arise. I then split the class into pairs and sent them off on a ‘letter hunt’. As we only have one Ipad per class, I ask the children to look for letters and call me when they had found one. Soon all I could hear was ‘Miss Jones! Miss Jones!’ The children really engaged with this activity and we had a talk about the letters we had found at the end of this lesson. This worked well and I would definitely try it again.




ICT lecture two- Unplugged Computing
Monday November 11th 2013, 7:10 pm  Tagged , , , ,
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The National Curriculum will be changing as of the next academic year . This curriculum takes a step away fro the idea of ICT and a step towards ‘Computing’ which seems to involve more of the process behind computing itself.  Computing also needs to be taught and used across the curriculum, not just in a specific timetabled slot.

This has a particular place in the EYFS and Key Stage 1. This can be introduced by activities such as follow the leader or Simon says, in which a command is given resulting in an action.

These ideas can then be transferred to more computer related skills by use of a simple computer literate machine other wise known as… A Beebot!  Beebots are exciting to use and look very engaging and child friendly. Once a child understands how they work, they can be used for a range of different processes and topics. Mats for the Beebots can be brought and bridges and blocks. However I particularly like the idea of making your own mats, once you have the outline, you can used it for Maths, story telling or sequencing. Beebots sometimes take a few tries to get it right but this can be seen as positive as it encourages children to keep trying and to work with what they know (EYFS Development Matters- Characteristics of Learning.)

These skills can also be used on apps and websites such as purple mash. The set up here is exactly the same but it is less practicle as therefore may be harder for some children as it is on screen.


Art- A trip to the forest
Monday November 04th 2013, 6:13 pm  Tagged , , ,
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Our first art lecture commenced in Northampton University’s Forest. Here we focused on using different types of media to make – in this case it was the use of nature or things available in the environment. In Early Years Foundation Stage, it is particularly important for children to be able to expressive themselves using any media, as well as to explore and learn about the world around them. Finally, the forest is significant to me as my placement school will be using this forest for ‘forest school’ during the spring term and I was looking for ideas i could put into practice.

Andy Goldsworthy is an particularly influential British artist who uses anything in the environment to create sculptures and land art. His work is recognised world wide and can be used to introduce the idea of nature as art to children.

Our lecture called for us to work on a similar vein to Goldsworthy and other and work in groups to create a person using materials we found in the forest. This helped us to see different shapes and textures which could be used to create body parts.

We created a person using logs, leaves, stones and twigs. We started off by finding bigger logs to use for the main body, and shorter logs for the arms and legs.  during a lesson it would be a good idea get children to think about their own body parts and maybe draw themselves to help them think about the different sizes of body parts.

We looked at different types of leaves and found two leaves that were shaped like hands with fingers. These were appropriate for hands, although it meant that our person only had three fingers which children would know to be incorrect. next we examined what would be needed to make a face. We used some rubbish to make the round shape of the face, twigs for the hair and mouth, a stone for the nose and mushrooms for the eyes. The mushrooms would be a a high risk from a health and safety point of view as they could be poisonous and children could either eat them or pick them and the ingest some poison from their fingers.


Introduction to blogging
Monday November 04th 2013, 9:43 am  Tagged , , ,
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This is my first chance to have a go at blogging so… here goes!! So far it seems like a brilliant and effective way to communicate ideas and information in a way that is engaging and up to date in a way that children, and adults, relate to.

Our first Multimedia experience was an ICT lecture where we were introduced to different types of media and how best to use them to capture children interest and help them to learn. We were given the chance to explore difference apps and websites that can be used to create videos, movies, moving picture and a lot more.

During this lecture I had a go at experimenting with the different apps and websites. I experimented with the app ‘Morfo’, finding my way around the app and experiencing the difference features. I really liked the way this app worked and how you could add your own voice to it. When I got back to my placement school, I discussed this with my schools ICT coordinator. She also loved the app and used it to introduce Henry VIII to year 4- They adored it! The app was easy to use and mould to fit many topics. 

Below is a video form youtube with instruction on how to use the Morfo app.


After the lecture I had a go at using some website as I do not own an iPad. These were equally as interesting and easy for children to use. I mostly looked at purplemash which has such a huge variety of media for children to choose and experiment with.