1st Edition

Using Characters and Themes to Inspire Early Learning
A Practical Guide

ISBN 9781138696150
Published December 27, 2016 by Routledge
146 Pages 140 Color Illustrations

USD $39.95

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Book Description

Offering an approach that is tried, tested and proven to work, this book supports practitioners in planning and resourcing a series of topics based around popular themes and interests in the early years. Each topic is open-ended and introduced in the form of a problem that the children have to solve and can be led by their knowledge, thoughts and ideas.

Using Characters and Themes to Inspire Early Learning aims to nurture children’s natural curiosity and imagination, encouraging them to become the facilitators who are empowered to solve problems, explore solutions and take ownership of their learning.

There are links throughout to the seven areas of learning in the EYFS and practical guidance on how to document the children’s learning. Features include:

  • An exciting range of characters, themes and objects to inspire children.
  • Photocopiable pages and online resources to use in the classroom.
  • Session breakdowns to set the scene and make planning easy.
  • Creative ideas and activities to prompt children’s thinking and develop discussions.

Packed with ideas for extending learning and practical resources that can be printed out for use in the classroom, this book is essential reading for all students and practitioners who want to provide inspiring learning opportunities for the children in their care.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Sammy the Sports Car  Setting the scene  Sessions 1-4  Appendix 1  2. The mysterious seed  Setting the scene  Sessions 1-5  Appendix 2  3. Nancy the Knight and Lord Lawrence  Setting the scene  Sessions 1-6  Appendix 3  4. Walk the Plank: Pirate Adventure  Setting the scene  Sessions 1-5  Appendix 4  5. Police Officer Pete and Detective Della  Setting the scene  Sessions 1-6  Appendix 5  Resources

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Jo Ayers and Louise Robson are Reception teachers and early years consultants, UK. They provide practical support to schools and early years settings in delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage, phonics and literacy.