Creative Circle Time Lessons for the Early Years

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SAGE, Nov 19, 2008 - Education - 160 pages
Includes CD-rom!

This creative book uses music, song, poetry and a host of practical ideas to engage children in Circle Time Activities. The publication stems from Yvonne's own work in schools where 26 alphabetical themes have been centralised around a lovable bear character.

There are four strands in the book which are linked to the Social Skills curriculum.

- Self esteem

- Relationships

- Communications

- Spiritual and Moral Development

These strands are developed through the 26 themes from 'Adorable' bear to 'Zig Zag' bear with a weekly introduction of a new rhythm to accompany the poem. For each theme there are comprehensive notes for teachers with lots of ideas on the content of each theme.

The DVD- ROM contains all 26 poems and songs, recited or sung by the children. The DVD-Rom also includes printable posters and positive thought sheets.

As an experienced teacher Yvonne offers not only a comprehensive practical resource that all teachers will find useful and time saving, but she also provides links to Citizenship, planning sheets for PSHE, lesson objectives and full lesson notes, providing all the support busy teachers need.

A very exciting practical resource, easy to use and built on a very solid foundation of many years of expertise and practice.

Visit the author's website here and you can contact her to book INSET training


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An Introduction to the 26 Lessons in this Book
1 How to Use this Book
2 Typical Circle Time Activities
3 Useful Tips on How to Perform a Circle Time Lesson
4 How to Develop Materials
5 Dream Journeys in Key Stage One and the Foundation Stage
57 year olds
7 Lesson Objectives Linked to Strands of Selfesteem RelationshipsCommunication and Spiritual and Moral Development
8 Introducing Creative Circle Time
Alphabet Strips
Lesson Plans AZ
Stripy Bears Knitting Pattern

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About the author (2008)

Yvonne was the headteacher of Marland Hill Primary School from 1990 to 2014 and under her leadership the school was judged as outstanding by OFSTED following inspections in 2008 and 2013. Yvonne now provides school improvement support and professional development programmes to schools across Greater Manchester via Weatherhead Projects Ltd, her school improvement consultancy. Yvonne was made an MBE in the New Year Honours list 2016.

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