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Ruby is three and she's going to nursery for the first time. When it's time for Mum to leave her she's not sure she wants to stay. Ruby's key person, Dawn, tells her that Mum will be back soon and she takes her into the nursery to play. When Mum returns to collect her she doesn't want to go home - she wants to play for longer! 

This on-entry pack will help practitioners to think through the different issues connected with children starting nursery for the first time. Transition, well-being and involvement, the characteristics of effective learning and how to make an assessment using the revised EYFS 2021.

Teddy will soon be five and it is time for him to go to 'big school'. He is excited but also has 'butterflies' in his tummy and he's not sure how he feels.  

This on-entry assessment pack is designed to give you all the tools you need to settle children into school quickly, complete a baseline assessment and get the learning started. It will help you to think through transition, well-being and involvement and the characteristics of effective learning.

For Early Years and Key Stage One Teachers

The Great Fire of Tooley Street is the story of a real event that happened in 1861 that few people know about. The warehouses between London Bridge & Tower Bridge burned spectacularly for two weeks and sadly, James Braidwood, the founder of the modern-day fire service was fatally injured in an explosion during the fire. The story of Bertha and her Mum has been carefully crafted to incorporate the facts of the real event to help young children begin to understand something that happened a long time ago. 

 

The teaching notes will help you to explore related themes with your class.

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For Early Years and Key Stage One Teachers

Emily was born in Trafalgar Street, Walworth, London. This is the true story of my Nan growing up in Walworth in the 1920’s. It aims to introduce young children to what the world was like then and how things have changed in the last 100 years.

 

The teacher’s notes will help you to explore the recent history of transport, holidays and schools along with enabling children to begin to learn about their own family history and stories.

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For Early Years and Key Stage One Teachers

2020 was the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to the ‘New World’. Planned celebrations for this across the world were sadly cancelled or postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

This is a complex story told in its simplest form and comes with a six week scheme of work aimed at the Foundation Stage but also relevant for Years One and Two.

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George is sad and crying. His Grandpa has died in hospital of Coronavirus. Everyone is sad and this is making George feel worried and scared.

This book should be used individually with children who have suffered a bereavement as a result of the pandemic. It gives children the opportunity to explore their own feelings of loss and of the anxiety that can be created by seeing distressed adults around them.

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Pim is a cute and cuddly penguin who is very angry because having just started school, it has been closed as a result of the lockdown. He can’t play with his friends or do the things he loves. He is being taught at home by his mum and he misses his teacher. 

This book can be used in school to help children identify what they really like about school and what they have missed. It explores a range of emotions and in particular, what anger feels like and how being sad can make you feel angry.

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Teddy is finding it difficult that he can’t celebrate his 5th birthday properly and he isn’t excited like he should be. He has to stay at home because of the Coronavirus. 

Teddy’s Birthday provides a range of activities that can be done when the lockdown is eased and children return to school. It is designed to give children the opportunity to talk about their experiences and to help them understand what is happening in the world.

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Teddy’s Birthday provides a range of activities that can be done when the lockdown is eased and children return to school. It is designed to give children the opportunity to talk about their experiences and to help them understand what is happening in the world.

The notes in the teachers guide will help you to think about what your year one children have missed out on and identify possible gaps in learning caused by the pandemic.

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