MID WALES (Welshpool) - STEM 'Brilliant Block Play'


Target Group FP Teachers/TAs//NMS


07 March 2019
Price: £ 216.00
Venue: Buttington Trewern CP School, Welshpool SY21 8TB
Time: 9 am for 9:30 start
Cost of course is £180 plus VAT

The world through the eyes of a child

Block play offers a vast range of open-ended experiences, enriches every curriculum area and supports child development. Through block play children may investigate the basic principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - not to mention problem solving, thinking and social skills!  Block play fosters a child’s natural curiosity.

The course aims to:

  • identify the progression of block play from Nursery – Y2 and beyond
  • provide guidance on how to set up high-quality block play areas ensuring progression across the FP
  • highlight the importance of using open-ended natural and recycled materials to enhance block play areas
  • draw attention to the role of the adult in this open-ended area of continuous provision
  • share exemplary practice demonstrating the versatility of block play and how it supports all areas of learning

Delegates attending the training will be provided with a range of materials to support the setting up of block play areas.


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.