The role of the Early Years Teacher

The role of the Early Years Teacher is to facilitate and demonstrate high quality moments of teaching and learning. Sophie embraced an opportunity while spending time in Pre-school alongside the children in the water tray.

The children were experimenting with different sized and coloured potion bottles and test tubes, which they were happily filling full of water and then shaking them to create bubbles, one child said “It’s cold larva”. Sophie encouraged the child to closely observe the bubbles in the test tubes. As Sophie began to repeat the action, more children became engaged in the play. This then enabled a learning opportunity where conversation extended to talking about magma and larva and the difference between the two.

During the mornings activities that followed, we created our own junk model volcanoes of various shapes and sizes. The volcanos where then used to carry out an experiment later in the afternoon. To extend learning we watched a video that talked about the different parts of the volcano and showed a volcano erupting. The children’s reaction was one of amazement igniting a spark of Awe and Wonder. The children’s learning from this is that magma is the rock in the ground before it erupts and once it has erupted out of the ground it is hot lava.

The planned experiment with the children’s volcanoes was to see which components between Mentos Mints and coke and bicarbonate of soda in vinegar would erupt the highest. The children were encouraged to predict the outcome of the experiment by ticking their choice on a chart. The results were quite interesting as the coke and the Mentos erupted the highest. Six children predicted accurately!

This spontaneous day of learning stemmed from one child’s interest and developed into a group experience where children were encouraged to use sustained shared thinking to problem solve and making predictions to support their own learning. At Townhouse we love to demonstrate the impact the role of the Early Years Teacher has on the children’s learning opportunities.

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