Category Archives: Writing through role-play

Writing’s not just for the writing area

A bright, inviting and well resourced writing area is, of course, essential; however, it is just as important to encourage children to write in any provision area.  Here are a few ideas, some general, and some specific to an area, … Continue reading

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Open a sports injuries clinic and get boys writing

An ‘X-ray plate’, showing a ‘broken bone’ injury is an inspiring prop! Video interviews with teachers using the Pack talking about its impact on children’s language development, role play and willingness to write is at http://www.childseyemedia.com . Continue reading

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Encouraging boys to draw

Boys can need active encouragement to draw so they do not start thinking, at a young age, in terms of ‘can’t draw, won’t draw’. The trick is to present drawing to boys in imaginative ways compatible with their physiological need for movement and plenty of space. Continue reading

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Elephant inspiration for boys’ writing

A great way to engage boys –  and girls – is to watch the amazing footage of elephants in the award-winning ‘A Child’s Eye View of Safari’ and to talk about how the elephant keepers at Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside … Continue reading

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Letter formation (2)

Children as young as three will have plenty of space to ‘make their mark’ as they become police officers, firefighters, car rescuers, vets , doctors and nurses, dentists, refuse collectors and recyclers or postal workers, writing as they go about their important business, Continue reading

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Role play – the key to learning

Have you ever been astonished by the accuracy of young children imitating adults? Ever seen the facial contortions of a little boy as he uses a comb to ‘shave’ his chin, or a little girl as she applies imaginary make-up? … Continue reading

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Teaching letter formation

Teaching letter formation It is essential that children learn to write legibly, fluently and quickly, in daily sessions, alongside phonics. These sessions should be separate from child-initiated contexts, such as  role play, where children are writing to communicate meaning. Obviously, … Continue reading

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