Back to school again. This week will be an odd week because for two days Lara and I are doing 'Mantle of the Expert' with the Y1 children. It's a role-play/drama approach to learning and, in small doses, can be very effective. We're starting from the end of the three little pigs, with a penitent wolf wanting to make amends for upsetting the pigs and destroying their houses. The pigs need a new house because three of them in one little house is not possible long term. As it happens, we are a house design company and the wolf writes to us to ask if we could plan a really good home for the pigs . . .
I'm out on a course this afternoon, so we will start it tomorrow and it should run for a couple of days, perhaps a little bit longer. Part of me is looking forward to it and part is nervous. It's a very open ended approach and won't suit all the children, but it's likely to reach those for whom a more formal approach doesn't suit, so it's swings and roundabouts, as with all teaching where many children are involved.
The course is the second on managing the Early Years and ought to be interesting, if the first one is anything to go by. When it has finished, I will whizz back to Chelmsford and head straight for the pool for an unwinding swim before getting home.