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Ready, Steady, Starting School Pack

$204.95 inc GST $186.32 ex GST

With children expected to be ‘school ready’ it is important to help children move towards being developmentally ready for more formal learning. These fun and practical resources are packed with advice and ideas for a confident school start. 

Ready, Steady, Starting School! – The transition from Reception to Key Stage 1 can be difficult. With children expected to be ‘school ready’, it is important that settings are prepared to help with this change or be ‘child ready’. The authors of this book draw on their significant experience to provide effective guidelines on ways in which to help children move towards being developmentally ready for more formal learning. Having laid clear foundations for effective practice, the authors apply this thinking to twelve ‘launchpads to learning’. Each launchpad includes activities for continuous, enhanced and targeted provision. Each activity provides clear guidance on what you need, what to do and what learning possibilities are involved. 55-page, A4 book.

Ready, Steady, Starting School is a book I wish I had read when I started out in Early Years and one I wish I had written now! It gives a clear and detailed description of continuous provision, how it can be enhanced and how adults can use it effectively for teaching key concepts and skills. It is not simply a book of good ideas though as the introductory section sets out the principles that form the basis of good practice. It is useful for anyone working with 3-5 year olds and for Year 1 teachers who want to offer continuity to their children, building on these foundations.”

Judith Twani, Early Years Consultant, Trainer & Author – March 21, 2019

Let’s Talk About Maths – Maths is crucial for us to function effectively in everyday life and yet many children lose confidence in their ability at a young age. Children’s language development and understanding of maths go hand-in-hand, so the best way to nurture their curiosity is to share meaningful conversations with them. Written by Michael Jones and Judith Twani, Let’s Talk About Maths provides over 40 enjoyable, practical ideas to support children’s growing understanding of all aspects of mathematics through real life situations, within play and through adult-led activities. It has been written for everyone working with children from twelve months to five years or older, including children with additional needs and English as an additional language.

“The book is fantastic – it shows that maths is everywhere but by just using the environment around you, the things that motivate the children and using target vocabulary you can expose children to the language of maths rather than a dull dry numeracy session. The differentiation activities at the end of each page are very useful for practitioners so that they can meet the needs of all the children in their group. I love it and will be buying it for our Speech and Language Therapy department.”

Bhavna Acharya, Speech and Language Therapist and ECaT Early Language Consultant

On Your Marks! – This practical book, packed with advice and ideas will be invaluable for all practitioners helping children on their journey from mark making to early writing. Michael Jones explores the key role that talking and language development play in helping children to become capable and confident as emergent writers. The book provides a valuable explanation of how children develop their writing skills, together with plenty of tried-and-tested ideas to help children develop key skills. These include gross and fine motor control, visual scanning, recognition of shapes, patterns and direction, and a comfortable pencil grip. 50pp, A4.

This book has reaffirmed lots of the practice I promote as an advisor to early years. It is filled with practical activity ideas and includes key vocabulary adults can model to the children engaged in the activities, all written in a simple-to-follow style. It will greatly support any early years provision with their planning. It will help them to assess whether a child is ready for writing. If not, it suggests lots of ideas to support children to effectively reach this stage in fun playful ways, whilst giving adults the confidence that they are still helping children with the process of learning to write.”

Kelly Yuen, 0-3yrs Learning and Development Officer

This is the Way I Like to Play – This practical book aims to support children’s investigative skills through heuristic play, encouraging children to begin to hypothesise and predict what might happen. This free exploration helps children to make discoveries, find meaning in the world around them and to become resilient learners. These are all important characteristics of effective learning. The book is full of interesting ideas to challenge children from when they begin to toddle until the end of Foundation Stage. The activities are cleverly linked to children’s schemas to help plan more individualised learning. They also support children’s fine motor development, mathematical understanding, social communication and language development as they explore, investigate and test their ideas.

We’re OK with Risky Play! – The ideas in this book will inspire you and give you the confidence to view risk as an integral part of children’s play. With advice on best practice for managing risk safely, this book will help you to embrace the potential learning possibilities, both indoors and outside. Along with clear and supportive guidance, the book contains 50 exciting activities in four sections: creating, experimenting, exploring and experiencing. These sections cover topics ranging from kitchen and campfire activities, using tools and equipment, physical challenges, expedition ideas and many more. Each comprehensive activity has an introduction, a list of what you will need, guidance on the activity itself, what your role may be, any points to watch out for, and the learning possibilities on offer. 65, A4 pages.

“A practical and much needed publication underpinned by a considered rationale to support more ‘risky play’. Packed with ideas, tips and suggestions to extend activities, it really is a must read for all early years colleagues. Great for building staff confidence and strengthening practice to help meet the needs of children today.”

Elizabeth Jarman, Creating Communication Friendly Spaces – January 31, 2017 

 

Product overview

With children expected to be ‘school ready’ it is important to help children move towards being developmentally ready for more formal learning. These fun and practical resources are packed with advice and ideas for a confident school start. 

Ready, Steady, Starting School! – The transition from Reception to Key Stage 1 can be difficult. With children expected to be ‘school ready’, it is important that settings are prepared to help with this change or be ‘child ready’. The authors of this book draw on their significant experience to provide effective guidelines on ways in which to help children move towards being developmentally ready for more formal learning. Having laid clear foundations for effective practice, the authors apply this thinking to twelve ‘launchpads to learning’. Each launchpad includes activities for continuous, enhanced and targeted provision. Each activity provides clear guidance on what you need, what to do and what learning possibilities are involved. 55-page, A4 book.

Ready, Steady, Starting School is a book I wish I had read when I started out in Early Years and one I wish I had written now! It gives a clear and detailed description of continuous provision, how it can be enhanced and how adults can use it effectively for teaching key concepts and skills. It is not simply a book of good ideas though as the introductory section sets out the principles that form the basis of good practice. It is useful for anyone working with 3-5 year olds and for Year 1 teachers who want to offer continuity to their children, building on these foundations.”

Judith Twani, Early Years Consultant, Trainer & Author – March 21, 2019

Let’s Talk About Maths – Maths is crucial for us to function effectively in everyday life and yet many children lose confidence in their ability at a young age. Children’s language development and understanding of maths go hand-in-hand, so the best way to nurture their curiosity is to share meaningful conversations with them. Written by Michael Jones and Judith Twani, Let’s Talk About Maths provides over 40 enjoyable, practical ideas to support children’s growing understanding of all aspects of mathematics through real life situations, within play and through adult-led activities. It has been written for everyone working with children from twelve months to five years or older, including children with additional needs and English as an additional language.

“The book is fantastic – it shows that maths is everywhere but by just using the environment around you, the things that motivate the children and using target vocabulary you can expose children to the language of maths rather than a dull dry numeracy session. The differentiation activities at the end of each page are very useful for practitioners so that they can meet the needs of all the children in their group. I love it and will be buying it for our Speech and Language Therapy department.”

Bhavna Acharya, Speech and Language Therapist and ECaT Early Language Consultant

On Your Marks! – This practical book, packed with advice and ideas will be invaluable for all practitioners helping children on their journey from mark making to early writing. Michael Jones explores the key role that talking and language development play in helping children to become capable and confident as emergent writers. The book provides a valuable explanation of how children develop their writing skills, together with plenty of tried-and-tested ideas to help children develop key skills. These include gross and fine motor control, visual scanning, recognition of shapes, patterns and direction, and a comfortable pencil grip. 50pp, A4.

This book has reaffirmed lots of the practice I promote as an advisor to early years. It is filled with practical activity ideas and includes key vocabulary adults can model to the children engaged in the activities, all written in a simple-to-follow style. It will greatly support any early years provision with their planning. It will help them to assess whether a child is ready for writing. If not, it suggests lots of ideas to support children to effectively reach this stage in fun playful ways, whilst giving adults the confidence that they are still helping children with the process of learning to write.”

Kelly Yuen, 0-3yrs Learning and Development Officer

This is the Way I Like to Play – This practical book aims to support children’s investigative skills through heuristic play, encouraging children to begin to hypothesise and predict what might happen. This free exploration helps children to make discoveries, find meaning in the world around them and to become resilient learners. These are all important characteristics of effective learning. The book is full of interesting ideas to challenge children from when they begin to toddle until the end of Foundation Stage. The activities are cleverly linked to children’s schemas to help plan more individualised learning. They also support children’s fine motor development, mathematical understanding, social communication and language development as they explore, investigate and test their ideas.

We’re OK with Risky Play! – The ideas in this book will inspire you and give you the confidence to view risk as an integral part of children’s play. With advice on best practice for managing risk safely, this book will help you to embrace the potential learning possibilities, both indoors and outside. Along with clear and supportive guidance, the book contains 50 exciting activities in four sections: creating, experimenting, exploring and experiencing. These sections cover topics ranging from kitchen and campfire activities, using tools and equipment, physical challenges, expedition ideas and many more. Each comprehensive activity has an introduction, a list of what you will need, guidance on the activity itself, what your role may be, any points to watch out for, and the learning possibilities on offer. 65, A4 pages.

“A practical and much needed publication underpinned by a considered rationale to support more ‘risky play’. Packed with ideas, tips and suggestions to extend activities, it really is a must read for all early years colleagues. Great for building staff confidence and strengthening practice to help meet the needs of children today.”

Elizabeth Jarman, Creating Communication Friendly Spaces – January 31, 2017