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Week 6 of Aiming for one idea to last all week!

The EYFS is so called because children need firm foundations in every area in order to build, extend and develop knowledge and skills. Ignoring, favouring or concentrating on some areas will result in their progress slowing or stalling at a later date.

Much the same as the footings or foundations in a house build. Cutting corners or allowing substandard work may go unnoticed at first, but will inevitably have an impact at some point!


Be aware of your child saying, “I’ve changed my mind”, “I don’t want to play with this anymore”, “I think I need the toilet/drink/eat” etc. While these statements may sometimes be accurate, they are also great excuses / distractions to give up if an activity becomes challenging or problematic. Children need to practice resilience and perseverance just the same as any other skill. It is these skills which are the bedrock of good learning behaviours and attitudes. They must be honed and refined simultaneously along with the more practical skills such as; reading, writing, maths etc. If left unchecked your child will have great difficulty rising to future challenges where giving up, changing course / subjects is not an option.


As always, listen to the story your child narrating as they play. Does it make sense? Are they mispronouncing words? Do they have all the necessary vocabulary in their repertoire? This is where you need to join in with their play to model what it should look like. If your child chooses a craft / model idea for their CIA, encourage them to play with it once it’s made, or find and prepare the resources independently. This helps them deconstruct an idea to individual parts so they can recognise the stages that are needed. Playing with it helps the review and evaluation process, where flaws in their design are highlighted and rectified.


This type of play takes self-confidence, imagination, problem solving, initiative and creativity. All essential skills for traditional subjects studied in future year groups.