Getting young children to sit down and focus on writing can be a difficult task, but here at Maltman’s Green we have developed creative techniques to bring this activity to life.
One such example takes place just after Easter when girls in our Reception classes will be heading off to Tring Nature Reserve for a Teddy Bears Picnic, all themed around getting a pen in their hands. To begin with, the girls receive a letter from Edward Bear – chief Bear at Tring – inviting them to visit. Their excitement piqued, they don’t need much encouragement to write thank-you letters in response. After their trip to visit Edward Bear at Tring, the teddy bear theme continues and the girls each bring their favourite bear into school, only to find…they go missing! What else can they do but make their own ‘missing bear’ posters? Using descriptive language they place great importance on writing down just what their bear looks like. Of course, all girls are reunited with their fluffy friends and we are pleased to report that no bears are harmed during this process.
Having been successful with these sorts of activities (and especially our teddy bear themed one) they have become permanent fixtures of our early years education, making writing meaningful and fun for our girls.