EYFS: Developing Language and Literacy through Role Play in the Early Years

EYFS: Developing Language and Literacy through Role Play in the Early Years

Date(s) - 03/02/2023
10:00 am - 11:30 am


£40 per person

This interactive online session aims to share a range of practical ideas that can be used back in the classroom. There will be opportunities for practitioners to discuss and develop ideas throughout the course.

The session will focus on continuous and enhanced role-play provision with consideration to:

  • Exploring the principles of creative role play, looking at how an enabling environment which offers choice, accessibility and autonomy can support language development
  • Investigate how practitioners can enhance their role play provision, motivating children to use language and literacy within their play
  • Consider ways in which the adult can facilitate and develop opportunities for language and literacy
  • Devise and develop ways and approaches in which role play can support children’s language development

This course is aimed at: Early Years ECTs & Teachers, EYFS Practitioners and Teaching Assistants.

What previous participants have said:

  • The course was jam-packed with good ideas. It has really made me think and look at resources differently. Thank you!
  • It was really helpful – especially as someone new to teaching in the Early Years. I feel more confident in how to develop our role play area.
  • Thanks for so many photos and real-life examples! Has given me lots of ideas on ways in which to enrich language and vocabulary.

About Julie Sargent:

Julie is an established English consultant with an extensive knowledge of the curriculum, assessment and effective learning and teaching approaches. She has a range of experience of teaching in primary schools across both Oxfordshire and Devon, including key roles in piloting and developing many aspects of English across the full primary range.

Julie has designed and delivered many professional development programmes and training materials to support schools in English, including interactive remote CPD. Currently, she works alongside OTSA, Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust (ODST), Oxfordshire County Council Early Years, Gloucestershire County Council Early Years and many partnerships and MATs. Work includes delivering training, curriculum development, working alongside senior leaders and collaborative teaching experiences.

In addition, she is an accredited trainer for the 1stClass@Writing intervention (Edge Hill University) and works alongside publishers, reviewing and developing materials.

Most importantly, her passion and enthusiasm for engaging children in the curriculum is seen through her innovative and creative approaches, which inspire both teachers and learners. More recently, she has joined the ‘Opening Doors’ team and is an advocate for using high-quality texts to enrich the English curriculum. As a firm believer in working alongside schools, Julie is keen to ensure that support provided is bespoke to individual school needs.

Accessing the online event

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We do not provide refunds if you are unable to access the event due to technical issues that are beyond our control.

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In all cases, at the beginning of the session to confirm your identity please ensure that your camera is on, your username matches the name you registered with and that you register in ‘chat’ with your first name, second name and organisation. This is for security and registration purposes and we may remove, without refunds, participants who have not confirmed their identity as described above.

Our online events aim to be interactive and at times you may be expected to have your camera and microphone on during the session, although usually your microphone should be muted.

We may use ‘Raised Hands’, ‘Reactions’, ‘Chat’, ‘Polls’, shared whiteboards and shared screens during the session. We may also use ‘Breakout Rooms’ to allow you to work in a smaller group.

This event will not be recorded for copyright and privacy reasons.


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