A one-week study visit to learn about and be inspired by the world-renowned educational approach of the preschools and infant-toddler centres of Reggio Emilia. This course will explore the key principles underpinning the Reggio approach to early childhood education. It will involve lectures, presentations, discussion groups, exhibitions, visits to preschools and infant-toddler centres.
|Date||Sunday, 02 April 2017|
|End Date||Friday, 07 April 2017|
|Please Note:||WE ARE NOW FULL. However please apply - you will go on the reserve list, and we will also prioritise a new group at the next available opportunity.|
This day is designed for those wanting to explore the possible ways of practicing the principles of an environment of enquiry, and have a dialogue with a committed staff group who are making keen endeavours to explore and develop their own practice.
“Trimdon Grange Infant and Nursery School is outstanding in every respect.
Its reputation is justifiably high both within the local authority and further afield because of its inspirational curriculum and amazing levels of creativity. Pupils excel in their learning and make outstanding progress ... Standards are consistently well above national averages. All pupils, including more able pupils and pupils achieve exceptionally well. This is a direct result of the stimulating and innovative approach to teaching and learning in which pupils' interests in innovative, practical topics form the basis for learning.” OFSTED 2009
This is a school with which we have had great pleasure in working with over many years, and with whom we've developed several learning projects and publications, including 'The Sounds of Leaping' and 'The Drama of Sound'. On this day we will explore how the principles of Sightlines Initiative can be developed in your daily practice; the influences and inspirations from Reggio, the evolution of the school's pedagogy and the inevitable challenges.
|Date||Tuesday, 07 March 2017|
Sightlines Initiative Network members present experiences of early years centres and educators being inspired, finding new enthusiasms and abilities in supporting children’s deep learning; illustrations of children's sociable, imaginative and deep learning
The London & West Midlands Network groups, and others in the Sightlines Initiative Community Network will present and discuss recent and current experiences in their developing of creative pedagogy.
An introduction to the network, for educators interested in change and listening to children
|Date||Saturday, 04 March 2017|
|Please Note:||10 x £30 discount coupons are available to individual UCL students via Kate Cowan: K.firstname.lastname@example.org|
- Are you looking for ways in which your children can explore their world through music and movement?
- Are you intrigued by this concept and want to know more?
Then get access (for free) to Dogs, Bones and Dancing.
This online slideshow/video summarises our 2 year project with a nursery and primary school in Kendal. Discover what we did, what we learned, what obstacles we faced and how the children engaged.
We are making this free to view: you just have to register: when you do, you'll be sent the link.
|Date||Tuesday, 28 February 2017|
As part of our focus on making children's thinking visible, today we will be particularly exploring together how we can value the participation of individual children in group exchanges.
- What does ‘group’ mean to the children?
- How do children see each other?
- What is the physicality of a group?
- Is enough consideration given by educators into ‘the grouping’ of children?
- What are the respect and values of a group?
- What are the possible responsibilities in a group? How do the children connect with each other in a group? (leader/observer/follower).
- What is the role of the educator?
- Considering how we gather the contribution of the parents voice.
We are a new group, beginning to work together, and we welcome new participants. Participation is free to Network Subscribers (please sign in on the form when you register - the form will give you the 100% discount). The cost to those who are not yet members is £10.
|Date||Saturday, 04 February 2017|
|Please Note:||Free to Network Subscribers|
encountering, enquiring, exchanging, expressing, learning
in a hundred languages
A weekend for early childhood educators to encounter the work of Reggio Emilia and develop their own competences in working across the range of expressive languages in supporting their children’s learning and meaning-making.
How can educators:
- Actually create places for learning in many expressive languages?
- Learn when and how a new expressive language can be brought into children’s enquiries?
- Explore expressive languages themselves, to better build their own competence and familiarity?
- Show the outside world how this interwoven learning practice works, tor the deep enjoyment, benefit and learning of the children?
Both days will feature educators from Reggio Emilia & their work.
The first day will be a presentation style conference, with lots of time given to the detailed exploration of enquiry projects. It's possible to attend this day only and we welcome students to this day.
The second day is for those who wish to focus, seminar-style, on exploring participants’ issues in the development of their educational practice, with the opportunity for detailed exchange with our Reggio Emilian colleague.
Click More Details for further details including 2015 conference reviews, and Participants' Comments from the Saturday.
|Date||Saturday, 26 November 2016|
|End Date||Sunday, 27 November 2016|
|Student Discount||20% (first day)|
|First Day Only||£233 (£207 earlybird price)|
|Presenters||Annalisa Rabotti ◊ Peter Moss|
Strategies for Reflection and Analysis
4.30 - 6pm
The London ReFocus group will have an open discussion - for guests and members, focussed on 'hearing and observing children's ideas.' Attendance is free for Sightlines Subscribers, £5 for guests. Everyone needs to register in any case, to give us the correct numbers (the Subscribers' discount is applied automatically.)
Using video observations, we will explore some of the ways of getting into meaningful dialogue which we have described in the diary item: 'Hearing Children's Theories'.
|Date||Thursday, 24 November 2016|
Today, through two meetings in different parts of the county, Dudley and Coventry, we will explore the principles of enquiry based practice and meaning-making developed through expressive languages. We will begin to work together on a small shared project. Through mutual support and participation we will challenge the dominant approaches in the field of early years education and care, making visible our optimistic and joyful view of learning and teaching.
Participation is free to Network Subscribers (please sign in on the form when you register - the form will give you the 100% discount). The cost to those who are not yet members is £10.
|Date||Saturday, 19 November 2016|