Momentous Marks, Dynamic Drawings! LLC: Early years writing in the FP


Target GroupNursery & Reception Teachers/TAs


27 September 2018
Price: £ 216.00
Venue: Future Inn Cardiff Bay, Hemingway Road, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 4AU
Time: 8.30 registration for a 9am start
Cost of course £180 plus VAT

It’s only scribble, isn’t it?

Mark making is integral to the process of creating confident and competent writers. This course examines mark making in its own right and shares a range of practical and appropriate activities to support this often neglected and crucial pre-writing stage for 3-4-year olds.

The course aims to:

  • highlight the importance of mark making within rich and meaningful contexts
  • identify opportunities for developing and supporting children’s early writing in areas of provision
  • share characteristics of high quality writing materials and learning environments in early years classrooms and settings
  • explore the stages of mark making leading to letter formation – readiness to ‘write’ for 3 to 4 year olds
  • highlight drawing as a precursor to writing and cognitive development indicator
  • explore dance, music and rhyme – the importance of their role in supporting fine and gross motor skill development

Course Provider: Jen Summers

Jen Summers has over 30 years’ experience in primary education. During her career she has taught in and managed two large multicultural nurseries in challenging circumstances, and been a member of Senior Leadership Teams in large primary schools. She fully understands leadership and management structures and the processes involved in raising standards. She is an ‘Associate of the London College of Music’, an experienced musician and a great believer in the creative arts and the important role they play for young children in the standards agenda.
Jen held the post of Foundation Phase Training and Support Officer for Newport from 2007 – 2013 and then became part of a vibrant Foundation Phase Team in the SEWales EAS Consortium, working closely with schools and settings to ensure high quality Foundation Phase provision for all children across the region.  
She has delivered extensive training in all aspects of Foundation Phase pedagogy and practice to diverse audiences including head teachers, senior leaders, teachers, teaching assistants, governors as well as staff in non maintained settings.  She has also lectured Early Years MA students at UWN. 
Jen is passionate about education and believes it should be an exciting journey for all children. She is keen to work with schools to promote the development of the whole child through rich, engaging and meaningful experiences where children increasingly take responsibility for their own learning in order to become confident, competent and resilient learners for the rest of their lives.