Today marked the first day on my Early Years Foundation Placement and it is intense with all the children all day. I love teaching Reception PE and although I have had previous experience in EYFS, actually focusing on just the teacher for a change was exhausting.
During provision, the children are allowed to use the 2 computers individually or in groups up to 3. I was shocked at how incredible they were at using all the 2Simple software available to them. However, it was also nice to see plenty of children practicing to handwrite their name, which was a fear of mine since we have entered the technological age.
Similarly, the use of cameras and apps to record observations, early learning goals and assessments was inspiring. I like the idea of each child having a profile on an app and quickly being able to update their progress through pictures and small notes. I feel that system saves the teachers a lot of time as well!
On the other hand, it was nice to see that the classroom didn’t revolve entirely around technology. I actively participated within a forest school lesson in which 15 children were taken into the wooded area on the school grounds to collect sticks and think about which type birds might use for their nests. They then used these sticks in maths and ordered them according to length in the classroom. I have to admit, outdoor learning, in my opinion, is much more engaging for children this age as they probably all have plenty of technology to use all the time at home.
I am interested to see whether technology and computing is incorporated in any other lessons and how the children react to it. I thoroughly enjoyed today observing children interact and play with plenty of different equipment and toys. Let’s see what tomorrow has in store…