Mark Making to Writing – Focusing on the Progression from ‘Developmental Pathways’ to Progression Step 1

Course date: 21st Nov 2023

Mark making is integral to the process of creating confident and competent writers.
“Being able to assign meaning to marks is a creative endeavour that enables children to begin the journey of written communication, be that in drawings, writing or mathematical marks” (A curriculum for funded non – maintained nursery settings p29)


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Target Group: FP practitioners
The course aims to:
  • explore the stages of mark making leading to letter formation within rich and meaningful contexts
  • highlight drawing as a precursor to writing, storytelling and cognitive development indicator
  • share specific characteristics of high-quality provision which appropriately facilitate and support children’s early writing in nursery and reception classes
  • emphasise the importance of dance, music and rhyme in supporting fine/gross motor skill development

Course Presenter: Jen Summers

INFANT PEDAGOGY, CULTURE, PRACTICE (3-7 YEARS) Jen Summers has vast and varied experience in primary education. She has taught in and managed two large multicultural nurseries and was a Senior Leader. She is an ‘Associate of the London College of Music’, an experienced musician and a great believer in the creative arts to develop children in the standards agenda.   Jen was the Foundation Phase Training and Support Officer for Newport and then part of a vibrant Foundation Phase Team in the EAS Consortium. She worked 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/Infant pedagogy and practice to diverse audiences including head teachers, senior leaders, teachers, teaching assistants, governors as well as staff in non-maintained settings. Jen works with schools to promote the development of the whole child through rich, engaging and authentic experiences where children increasingly take responsibility for their own learning in order to become confident, competent and resilient learners.   Search for Courses

Course Location: South Wales - Cardiff

ADDRESS: Future Inn, Hemingway Road, Cardiff Bay, CF10 4AU
  START TIME: 8.30am coffee and registration for a 9.00am start
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