We’ve teamed up with Alistair Bryce-Clegg at ABCDoes who is giving away a Mini Kitcamp kit, valued at £1,295. To enter, head over to ABCDoes.com or @ABCDoes on social media and leave a comment. The giveaway will close at 11.59pm on FRIDAY 14th JUNE 2019. There’s more! All entrants, who follow or like @iamkitcamp onContinue reading »
Tag Archives: "Learning through play"
Inspiring STEM in the Early Years and Primary School
“The most important thing is to never stop questioning.” Albert Einstein “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My household’s current ambitions are an astronaut, a particle physicist at CERN, a spy and an underwater policeman! I love the aspiration, hope and imagination, but also that Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) professionsContinue reading »
I am me – developing a sense of self.
The new school year commonly starts with an ‘ourselves’ topic. The same planning and the same intentions. Getting to know one another, build relationships and assessing. With Kitcamp’s ‘I am me’ toolkit we explore alternative ways to launch this topic. It is a great way to get to know the class and to help them get toContinue reading »
PLAY – that four letter word!
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” Fred Rogers. Picture the scene, the Headteacher walks in and sees busy-ness and ‘fun’ taking place in the classroom, children engaged, talking with each other, laughing orContinue reading »
The benefits of play on mental health
We know play is important. It is a child’s work. But is there more to it? With current media awareness around mental health, we reflect on how play can make a difference for a child’s long-term mental wellbeing. Mentalhealth.org tells us that 1 in 10 children and young people are affected by mental health issues.Continue reading »
Transform your home corner: make the most of role-play space
Children learn by imitating. A baby’s first smile mirrors another’s grin; the first babbles mimic a parent’s speech. It’s therefore hardly surprising that the earliest role play children act outcomes from familiar domestic scenes. Examples include chatting away into a toy phone or cooking up a storm with plastic food and making mud pies. TheyContinue reading »
I am in a factory
Role play gets your jobs done! Never is there an easier way to get young children helping with jobs than to get them into a role. Get them fully engaged in imaginative play and before you know it the ‘characters’ have dusted, organised, baked, written, vacuumed, weeded… Just imagine what you could do with yourContinue reading »
The ‘invisible teacher’
“Flipping the classroom” Some years ago in my school, we trialled ‘flipping the classroom’. We wanted it to be child-led learning. To move away from the model of a teacher at the front of the room telling children what and how they would be learning. Introducing enquiry based learning by starting with a ‘big question’Continue reading »