The Independent Thinking Early Years Conference - Where It All Starts 6th February 2015 London

Provider: Independent Thinking Limited
£195.00 + VAT per delegate

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Description A unique and highly practical event full of ideas to ensure EYFS education is as creative, engaging and effective as possible. With Nina Jackson, Trisha Lee, Ian Billings, Jane Hewitt and Jonathan Lear
Duration 1 Day

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A unique and highly practical event full of ideas to ensure EYFS education is as creative, engaging and effective as possible.

Learning Through Play - Why play is progress and progress is learning

Play is the foundation of learning in the EYFS. It underpins all aspects of children’s development. Through play, children develop language skills, emotional intelligence and creativity, social and intellectual skills. Together we will explore play as a vital part of their learning journey.

Monsters and Superheroes Based on the work of Vivian Gussin Paley

A practical introduction to the work of Vivian Gussin Paley, showing the benefits of scribing children’s stories and acting them out alongside an exploration of the ethos behind this approach. This work was evaluated by the Open University and has proven effectiveness in engaging children with numerous early learning goals.

Stretching Their Imaginations - Using comedy to create

Insights from the wonderful world of professional comedy writing that you can use to compel, cajole and inspire children to develop literacy skills, creativity, imagination and humour.

DIgiPlay for DigiKids How to use technology to enhance learning in EYFS

In the ever-changing world of digital learning, discover how the use of technology in EYFS, in particular the use of the iPad, can support teaching and learning, child development, literacy and numeracy, language and communication in simple, easy steps.

Exploring Wonder - Exploring wonder in and beyond the classroom through photography

Learn how to use photography to create an atmosphere of curiosity within your classroom, whatever age group you teach. Look at sourcing images as well as understanding how pupils can create their own images to develop an ethos of questioning and awe.

The Monkey’s Nuts - Monkey proofing the curriculum

A fresh and inspiring look at teaching and learning across the EYFS curriculum that encourages discovery, creativity, exploration and independence in children from all backgounds.

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Nina Jackson

Nina Jackson is an experienced teacher, university tutor, author, researcher, advisor, freelance consultant, Associate Director of Independent Thinking and an ‘inspirational, evangelical preacher of education’ according to the TES. She is passionate about supporting the work of Early Years and has spoken to great acclaim on the topic. She is currently working on her second book for the Independent Thinking Press, Dear Nina.

Trisha Lee

Trisha Lee has been developing the reputation of the ‘Helicopter Technique’ both nationally and internationally via MakeBelieve Arts, the social enterprise she founded in 2002. The company has launched four centres of excellence committed to regular delivery of the approach. Trisha is currently publishing a book about the Helicopter Technique which will be published in 2015 by Routledge

Ian Billings

Children’s author, stand-up comic and Chuckle Brothers writer, Ian is an accomplished educationalist with 3000 visits to schools both across the UK and abroad. His workshops and stage shows have inspired and enthralled children in all sorts of schools as he combines wonderful routines with insights and secrets into the comedy writer’s toolkit that all teachers can use.

Jane Hewitt

Teacher and photographer Jane doesn’t just take photos. She has the rare skill of capturing the essence of what she sees through the lens, something she shares with teachers in her acclaimed first book Learning Through a Lens, introduced by Mick Waters. Jane works in schools across all age groups, but feels her techniques are of particular benefit to the work of Early Years.

Jonathan Lear

Jonathan Lear is an award-winning primary school teacher who is determined that children’s innate curiosity and creativity is preserved, nurtured and allowed to blossom. Working with all stages of primary education, Jonathan has transformed the way that schools view their curriculum to ensure that creativity and challenge take centre stage.

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9:30am Registration

10:00am Nina Jackson

Learning Through Play

Getting the day started with practical and active ideas to support children’s development 

10:30am Trisha Lee

Monsters and Superheroes

The ‘Helicopter Technique’ - storytelling and story-acting to build confidence and creativity 

11:45am Ian Billings

Stretching their Imaginations with Laughter

Using comedy to coax and cajole inspirational learning from children 

12:30pm Lunch 

13:15pm Nina Jackson

DigiPlay for DigiKids

How iPad technology can support development and inclusion across EYFS 

13:30pm Jane Hewitt

Exploring Wonder

Seeing the classroom and beyond through a child’s eyes thanks to a simple camera 

2:30pm Jonathan Lear

The Monkey’s Nuts and Other Stories

How to give our EYFS children the education they need thanks to capuchin monkeys and an outdoor trap!

15:30pm Nina Jackson

Closing ideas, takeaways and where next 

15:45pm Close

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