Region 7 Contact

Chair: Sandra Pidgeon
Deputy: Liz Byatt
Tel: 01179 686960
Counties: Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Isles of Scilly, and Wales

Southwest England and Wales Meetings

Saturday 24 November 2018 – Characteristics of Effective Learning & Montessori Practice with Barbara Isaacs

10:30am – 3:30pm 

This workshop will consider the three key strands of the Characteristics of Effective Learning as observed in Montessori practice. 

It will explore not only the aspects of engagement and involvement in daily life of children attending Montessori settings, it will also investigate how problem solving, creative thinking and creativity are promoted and documented in Montessori settings. 

This aspect of the EYFS is becoming the key focus when examining the quality of early years provision and it is important that Montessori practitioners are able to articulate how creative thinking and creativity are encouraged in their settings. 

Be prepared to share your observation of children’s creative thinking and participate in discussion around its relevance in the development of the whole child.

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On the 14th October the South West and Wales region had a fabulous and inspiring day at Stoke Bishop Montessori School, with a workshop led by Lynnette Brock taking a refreshing look at children’s development of mathematical understanding.

Lynette helped us to explore the characteristics of ‘flow’ in children’s play and to understand how a child’s full immersion in activities develops their love of learning. We were helped to understand how to recognise and understand children’s schemes and schemas. We then looked at how we could plan effectively from children’s schemes and schemas by seeding the environment to support children’s consolidation and application of these mathematical schemes and schemas during their free flow play.

In groups we looked at the mathematical potential of many practical life and sensorial materials. From this we developed many ideas for supporting and extending children’s mathematical understanding through their emergent schemes and schemas.