Your course was amazing, I enjoyed every minute and you really are so inspiring. I have recently planned a half term of PE sessions based around stories for staff at Aspire, so it was nice to know I was on the right track. Can also make a few tweaks based on your course too.
I think every early years practitioner should attend your course as part of their initial teacher training as it really brings home how important Physical Development is, how it can inspire young children’s imaginations and contains so many practical ideas to take away…practitioners really need to start thinking outside the box and teach stories and number through PE, rather than having them sitting down and listening/doing flash cards.
Just writing a plan based on ‘Too Hot to Hug’ by Steve Smallman, as this will link nicely into the Alton Towers themed music… the boy goes up the mountain and finds a baby dragon which warms their family, but then they have to make the journey back as he becomes too hot to hug. Can also add some throwing and catching links in with throwing and catching the egg (ball) , trying not to crack it…and bouncing it in a cold puddle (hoop) to cool it down. This came to me about midnight as I was getting off to sleep so you can see the impact you have had already.
The links are also useful. Great to see you have videos on YouTube also.
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Helen’s training for practitioners is based on her understanding of children’s need to move and express themselves physically and on what she knows is appropriate and engaging for young children. Her enthusiasm and obvious delight in movement and dance take children and other adults with her and her friendly ‘can-do’ attitude inspires everyone to try out new ideas in movement play.
Nicola from Music and Movement runs two sessions for Aylsham/Reepham Children’s Centres. Both parents and children enjoy the sessions that follow a structured, planned themed but allow children the freedom to move around the room as they wish. It encourages children (and their parents!) to be active and creative as well as improving communication skills.
We have had twenty plus children attend sessions and Nicola has fully kept their attention for an hour, which with toddlers is no mean feat!
Feedback from Nicola’s sessions has always been extremely positive and she adapts her classes to suit age ranges from very young babies to pre-school children.
We are looking to increase our use of Music and Movement as we are so pleased with the service provided and have no hesitation in recommending them.
“Music and Movement have been delivering high quality creative arts sessions for our children since September 11. The children engage in expressive dance, music and drama lessons which are adapted to meet the requirements of our themed curriculum. Our children and staff love these sessions and have developed their confidence and creativity as a result.”