As part of our School Development Plan we are further developing our work around sustained shared thinking and emotional wellbeing (SSTEW Scales). This tool helps us to reflect on our provision, practice and interactions with children so ensure we are supporting them sensitively and effectively.
These wonderful photographs demonstrate some of the results of the hard work and support our children have been given which now enables large groups of them to work collaboratively, communicating their thoughts and needs, seeking out each other to share joy, solve problems and negotiate. They show how some of our more experienced children can sustain concentration for longer periods of time, immersed in imaginative play.
These outcomes follow from months of consistency in adults planning experiences which feed into children's interests, conversations with adults which support thinking and problem solving, Persona Doll sessions, relationships built day after day, tears wipes, cuddles given, celebrations when we succeed, thinking and talking when we don't.
We look forward to thoroughly reflecting on our practice further and particularly focusing on subscales 3 & 4 around language and communication and learning and critical thinking.