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Early Mark Making

Children learn to write from an early age in ways you don’t even realise.  It starts with messy play using our fingers to make marks in rice or sand and with shaving foam, paint, clay or even slime.

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At school we will generally spread the resources across the table or in a tuff tray.  You can easily do this at home using a  dinner plate, tray or on the kitchen worktop using flour or rice.

Starting to write

The next step is beginning to draw lines and circles using thick crayons or chalk, but we can use pens, pencils or paintbrushes.

Large decorators’ brushes dipped in buckets of water are great for painting the outdoor walls.

                

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Writing our names

From pictures and marks come words, beginning with the most meaningful of all – our name.

As part of our daily routine at school, we collect our name cards use them as a guide to help us ‘sign-in’ each day, sometimes forming letters from our names.

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If you would like to know more about early mark making please speak to your child’s keyworker.

 

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 Cooking together

Getting children to eat can be one of the things that parents find most stressful.  To get them interested in eating you have to get them involved in where their food comes from and make it fun.  Why not start with some simple baking!

Here is a simple recipe for gingerbread biscuits that we made in school – try it out at home.  There’s lots to talk about and lots of learning involved.

Maths – weighing out your ingredients and counting the number of biscuits.

Personal, Social and Emotional development – working together as a pair or part of a small team, taking turns to stir the mixture.

Physical Development – using tools to mix the ingredients and cut out the shapes

Understanding the World – observing the changes that take place as the mixture combines and cooks.

Learning happens around us all the time without us even knowing!!

Gingerbread biscuits

Ingredients 
Makes: 15 Makes 15 – 25 depending on size of cutters

  • 350g plain flour
  • 100g butter
  • 5 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
  • 175g light brown soft sugar
  • 4 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 1 medium egg

Method
Prep:30min  ›  Cook:15min  

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
  2. Put the flour, butter, ginger, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda in a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix it all together with fingertips until crumbly.
  4. Add the sugar, syrup and egg and mix until it forms a firm pastry mix.
  5. Using the rolling pin, roll out the pastry to about 5mm thick.
  6. Make sure the surface and the rolling pin are well dusted with flour.
  7. Use gingerbread men cutters to cut out shapes.
  8. Place the cut out pastry on a greased or non-stick baking tray.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, about 15 minutes. Check after 10 minutes.
  10. Gingerbread may be ready after 12 minutes in a fan assisted oven.

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