Grant holder
Alison Hawkins, Wester Coates Nursery School
Project status
In Progress

With this Action Research grant, Alison Hawkins is aiming to research mark-making with specific attention to children’s engagement in mark-making

Project summary

Wester Coates Nursery has moved its provision outdoors almost entirely. The team noticed that there is not much guidance, and even less policy, regarding mark-making, emergent handwriting and writing meaningfully for a purpose. The team is planning to engage with national and international literature on the topic to learn from other successful initiatives and to see how other outdoor nurseries operate in cold climates.

The project includes online training for staff on the subject to explore what constitutes mark-making in early years, and learning to better observe children’s mark-making.

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