Curiouser and Curiouser- Early Years Open Door event

Monday night we opened our doors to Early Years practitioners from across the country. It was a chance to come down and see what makes Oakwood so special.

Our unit is nationally recognised as a home for best practice, and our open event last year 'Running, Rockets and Rainbows' was so well received we decided to do another one! Over 150 visitors arrived last night to get a taste for what we do. 

Our Unit is a community of learners. By learning alongside each other and adults, the children can 'listen' to the many forms of expression and communication used. The work in our Unit is developed through dialogue, negotiation, participation, imagination and respect for each others' ideas and beliefs. 

Often our projects start with the interests of one or two children. This year they have been captivated by blood and guts, potions and even 'lookouts'. By listening to the children and then offering opportunities to everyone to engage with the theme, the projects start to develop. 

Some of these projects were on display last night. We showcased the children's explorations and work alongside observational notes made by the teachers. By doing this we create a record, not only of their material creations, but also of the verbal and physical reactions they have throughout the process. 

We value creative expression and believe that every child is rich in potential. By giving children many varied opportunities to express themselves, using their imagination, our aim is to make the 'invisible, visible'. We also believe that structured learning of key skills must have a high place in our priorities if the children are to succeed as they continue on their learning journey. 

This is just a brief overview of what we offer here at Oakwood in the Foundation Stage Unit, but over the next few weeks we will be posting more in depth looks at the projects and interests of our remarkable students. 

Well done to Ms Birdsall and her amazing team for making last night (and every day at the Academy) possible!

See here for more photos of the event.