The Beginning

The Beginning

So we are at the beginning of another year! This has been a particularly hairy start for us as we have merged with another school and are in a brand new building. The workmen haven’t actually finished yet, so things aren’t quite as we want them to be. I’ve found it very difficult open up my classroom to new little people when it isn’t properly set up. I’ve done my best to create a welcoming environment for them and am working around the clock to try and clear the shelves, which are piled with resources I’ve yet to find a place for. I’m hoping I will have shelves put up on my cupboard soon, which will help with that!

Anyway, I wasn’t going to post this week as I’ve been working such long hours, but have decided to  share some of the activities I’ve provided for the children, to help them with their settling in period…


Light Panel & OHP

If you follow my blog, you will know how much I love playing with light. I made my own lightbox a couple of years ago & changed the enhancements weekly. We all loved it! Although I was allowed to purchase a small real light panel, I held out until we could have a large one, as I loved the collaboration we had on my larger homemade lightbox. I am totally thrilled that I waited as I love my new large round panel. It sits neatly in the corner & can even change colour if we want it to. How posh! 😉

So I now have a Discovery Area in the corner of my room – it contains the Discovery Table, the light panel & the OHP – it also has a couple of shelf units which are waiting patiently to be sorted & organised.

Light panel and OHP in the Discovery Area from Rachel (",)


The children need to learn how to use the OHP (it gets warm if left on for long periods of time, so I need them to know how to switch it on & off), so I just provided simple gel numbers to begin with. They have loved playing with it…

Learning to use the OHP - from Rachel (",)

Light Panel

Just magnetic discs to start them off…

Exploring the new light panel from Rachel (",)


Discovery Table

I put out some simple natural resources for the children to explore…

Simple Discovery Table from Rachel (",)


Finger Gym

Simple threading…

Simple threading from Rachel (",)


Train Play

I know trains are always a safe bet for the beginning of the year when I don’t yet know the children…

Simple train play from Rachel (",)


Simple Dough

… with cutters & rolling pins…

Simple dough play from Rachel (",)


Pasta in the Water Tray

We don’t yet have hooks for aprons & so I put pasta in the water tray…

Simple pasta play from Rachel (",)


Wild Animals Play

Simple wild animal play from Rachel (",)


Sorting & Counting

… with Compare Bears…

Sorting and counting with Compare Bears from Rachel (",)


Thanks for reading!

Building and creating from Rachel (",)

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– Rachel (“,)


  1. I love reading and seeing what you are up to. It’s always inspirational, and I get some wonderful ideas to share with my FDK class. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Laura! 🙂

  2. Rachel, it looks amazing already! I can’t wait to see how your classroom develops xx

    • Oh thank you, Jeanette! xx

    • You’re very welcome! 😀

  3. Your work is always so very inspirational!

    • Thank you so much Lisa!

  4. So amazing to see the inspirational work and intentional provocations you setup for your children!

    • Thank you!

  5. Dear Rachel, thank you for the lovely activities as always. I love the mini chalk boards with prompts for the children. Could I ask where they are from? Many thanks

    • I’m fairly sure that they were from Amazon 🙂

  6. Helle Rachel,
    I am from Germany and I like your Blog so much. Your Ideals are Great an Looks like … Inspiration and joy ?
    Thanks !

    • Thank you for the lovely comment, Diana! 🙂

  7. Rachel, I cam empathise with you regarding the upheaval of a build…so much pressure at the start of a school year. Anyway you seem to be a calm sort of person and I’m sure your new little ones will love what you present to them. I look forward to hearing more from you this year and being inspired.
    I would like to come and visit, where ever you are? I’m coming over to England next September for several months so maybe I can find you?
    Regarsd Sue

    • Thank you Sue! I know I’ll get there – just don’t want to stop ‘seeing’ the piles of unorganised resources!
      It would be lovely to see you 🙂


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