Videos, books, pictures and lesson ideas for enquiries in Early Years and Foundation Stage, collected by SAPERE's trainers and P4C schools, with special thanks to Sara Stanley: Click on the boxes below to open the resources
YouTube link to video of elephants drawing for Early Years and Foundation Stage
Is it art or not? What constitutes art? A great concept to be stretched, with the added issue of organisations like http://www.elephantart.com/catalog/splash.php springing up as a result of the growing market. Are they really there to help elephant conservation? Lots of questions from all ages guaranteed with this subject.
Animation based on the book 'Beegu' by Alexis Deacon Proposed by Stephen Walshe and Cindy Zheng at Fortune Kindergarten Shanghai Animation created for modelmaking degree by Paul Coley and Sam White...
Three baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill, wake up one night in their hole in a tree to find that their mother has gone. So they sit on a branch and wait. Darkn...
Gorilla by Anthony Browne Source: Amazon
Pingu is a favourite children's character and is interesting for us because he talks his own language, leaving us to interpret in our own way. There's a range of interesting talking points in here and I would suggest you pause the video regularly and 'gather' ideas, noting them on the board as children come up with them, allowing you to move on quickly after the video has finished. Maybe it's the choice of Christmas tree, or the attempted stealing of Mum's baking. I like this video as it focuses on various elements of Christmas, such as family, giving, food, snow etc.
Philosopher Hugo takes us on a journey around the whole confusing issue of grown ups. Lots of questions in here, which means you can pause the video to explore them if you want, and the viewers are left with an interesting question: 'But do I have to grow up, even if I don't want to?' An interesting area to explore - aspects of growing up we can't do anything about and maybe some things we can have influence over.
What questions and thoughts do the children have about this video based on the book by David Shannon? Contributed by Sara Stanley: http://sarastanley.co.uk/ Why does David keep being told “No”? Should children be allowed to break things and make mess if they are playing? Can you learn without playing ? How do kids know what is right and what is wrong? What would happen if parents weren’t allowed to say “NO”? What things would the children allow all children to do if they were in charge and why? What things that grown ups do would children say “NO” to?
The wonderful Hueys return to question the meaning of Zero . What exactly are numbers and why do we need them?
What questions do you have about this street art by Banksy? Contributed by Sara Stanley: http://sarastanley.co.uk/
What colour is this water? Philosophical play investigation. What happens to colours when you mix them when you paint or squash them together when you play with playdough? Contributed by Sara Stanley: http://sarastanley.co.uk/
Which story would you rather be in and why ? Sleeping Beauty ? or Little Red Riding Hood ? Contrinuted by Sara Stanley: http://sarastanley.co.uk/
Can wild things go to school ? How do we define the term wild? If something is wild does it also mean it is free? Is it possible to ever be truly free?
Link to http://magictricksforkids.org/ for early years and foundation stage Ok, so here’s something completely different where I appeal to your sense of fun through an activity that your children will love and which might even raise your standing with other members of staff. There’s a bit of preparation and practice but hopefully the look in your children’s faces will make it worthwhile. This link has the instructions for the making part. The link below has a video demonstration. Once you’ve wowed the children with your skills, you’ll have them firmly in your philosophical hands, ready to talk about magic - what they would do if they had their own magic wand, whether magic actually exists in real life, what examples of magic they’ve read/listened to/seen on TV or at the cinema, whether we should all have magic powers and maybe what magic power they would like if they could have just one.
YouTube link to the Growing Magic Wand trick from http://magictricksforkids.org For early years and foundation stage
An 8 minute version of Little Red Riding Hood Source: http://www.oxbridgebaby.com
Wikipedia link to public domain pictures showing episodes from the story of Saint George
The first picture by Paolo Uccelo shows his defeat of a dragon that had been terrorising a city
Suggested by Alison Allsopp and Roger Sutcliffe
George and the dragon picture
YouTube video of a Wise Old Owl animated by EFlashApps
Would you rather be:
Suggested by Roger Sutcliffe: http://www.dialogueworks.co.uk/