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8.45-9.30

Registration

9.30-9.35

Chair’s welcome
Liz Roberts, Editor of Nursery World

9.35-10.20

Opening Keynote
INTENT: Quality of education

Key questions:

  • What do we understand by ‘curriculum’ in the early years?
  • How do we understand content, and what can we learn from international perspectives?
  • How does the curriculum contribute high-quality education for young children?
  • How do we plan for a relational and culturally-responsive curriculum?

This session will cover: 

  • the expectations for learning and development under the EYFS
  • the skills, knowledge, concepts, values and attitudes that need to be considered when planning an early years curriculum
  • the interrelationship between curriculum and pedagogical approaches
  • how integrated pedagogical approaches contribute to high-quality education for young children

Elizabeth Wood, Professor of Education at the University of Sheffield

10.20-10.40

Case Study: A calendar of learning

The curriculum in Bedford nursery schools is based on a personalised, seasonal and cultural calendar of learning. Isabel will examine this approach to curriculum planning and what it looks like in practice.

Isabel Davis, Executive Head Teacher of the Bedford Nursery Schools Federation

10.40-11.00

Refreshments and exhibitor viewing

11.00-11.50

IMPLEMENTATION: Planning and progression

  • present a model for long-, medium- and short-term planning of the curriculum 
  • show how ongoing observation and assessment within that model can ensure progression in learning and positive outcomes for all children

Judith Twani, Early Years Consultant 

11.50-12.10

Case Study: Broadening horizons

This case study will explain the principles and seven areas of LEYF’s pedagogy, underpinned by social and cultural capital, and how this meets the needs of all children, but especially those from disadvantaged families.

June O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF)

12.10-13.00

WORKSHOPS - please choose between 1A, 1B, 1C or 1D

1A Building a curriculum on core experiences

Why ‘core experiences’ provide a valuable basis for an early years curriculum, and what this looks like in practice – with a focus on the under-threes.

Michele Barrett, Head Teacher of Randolph Beresford and Vanessa Nursery School, London

1B The curriculum in Reception: broad and balanced

How to provide a broad and balanced, developmentally-appropriate curriculum for Reception-age children, which adheres to the principles of early years best practice and impacts directly on outcomes, without resorting to overly formal teaching methods.

Kym Scott, Early Years Consultant and Sue Searson, EY Lead of ‘Outstanding’ EYFS Unit at Maltby Lilly Hall School, Rotherham

1C Mathematics: making it meaningful for children

  • Review the proposed changes to the Mathematics area of learning and the early learning goals
  • Find out how Talk for Maths Mastery underpins essential concepts within early maths
  • Discuss Ofsted’s interpretation of learning, development and the curriculum

Di Chilvers, Advisory Consultant in Early Childhood Education


1D Planning for physical development: no more tick boxes

A timely opportunity to think beyond tick boxes and narrow goals for PD and explore how the new Ofsted framework will impact on practice.

Dr Lala Manners, consultant, trainer and writer focusing on EY physical development and movement-based learning, and member of the Ofsted EY Practice and Pedagogy Forum

13.00-13.50

Lunch and exhibitor viewing

13.50-14.30

IMPLEMENTATION – Communication, Language and Literacy

There is widespread concern about the ‘word gap’ between disadvantaged children and their better-off peers, and fears that the proposed CL&L programmes of study and early learning goals are likely to widen, rather than decrease, the disparity in children’s vocabulary.

This session will cover: 

  • curriculum content for these two areas of learning
  • how a more developmentally-appropriate approach to communication, language and social skills can support young children’s oral language, thinking skills, vocabulary and early literacy.

Helen Moylett, Early Years Consultant

14.30-14.50

Case Study: Prioritising PSED

Why and how children’s personal, social and emotional development lie at the heart of the curriculum within the school’s Foundation Stage Unit.

Helen Prud’homme, Nursery and Reception Teacher at Dr South’s C of E Primary School in Islip, Oxfordshire

14.50-15.30 

IMPACT: Assessing and evaluating

This lecture will reflect on workload, assessment and evidence gathering to ensure:

  • a ‘light-touch’ approach to assessment and recording children’s learning
  • how to use children’s learning as a basis for evaluating practice and developing provision

Lydia Cuddy-Gibbs, Head of EYFS at Ark Schools, a multi-academy trust

15.30-15.45

Refreshments and exhibitor viewing

15.45-16.30

WORKSHOPS: Please choose between 2A, 2B, 2C and 2D

2A Understanding the World: cross-curricular learning

Learn how Understanding the World can provide the basis for an early years curriculum that is rich, varied and meaningful.

Jude Twani, Early Years Consultant

2B Mark-making and writing: up to the challenge

Explore developmentally-appropriate examples of what ‘progression’ and ‘stretch’ looks like for young children, within the context of early mark-making and writing. Consider intent, implementation and impact through the lens of child-initiated learning in this area.

Kym Scott, Early Years Consultant 

2C Mathematics: making it meaningful for children

  • Review the proposed changes to the Mathematics area of learning and the early learning goals
  • Find out how Talk for Maths Mastery underpins essential concepts within early maths
  • Discuss Ofsted’s interpretation of learning, development and the curriculum

Di Chilvers, Advisory Consultant in Early Childhood Education

2D Planning for physical development: no more tick boxes

A timely opportunity to think beyond tick boxes and narrow goals for PD and explore how the new Ofsted framework will impact on practice.

Dr Lala Manners, consultant, trainer and writer focusing on EY physical development and movement-based learning, and member of the Ofsted EY Practice and Pedagogy Forum

16.30

End of conference