Boy’s writing in EYFS
It is a well-known fact that many young boys do not choose to write. In September we did some to research to find out how many times boys within our provision independently chose mark making/ writing activities.
We watched the boys in Reception as they lead their own learning. Within a 20minutes period we tallied 3/ 24 boys choosing to write both indoors and outdoors.
We put our thinking caps on and as a team we decided to make changes to our provision and the activities and resources on offer to our children.
Our boys told us they wanted to write outdoors, they wanted builder’s belts and pencils for behind their ears! They told us they wanted to write lists for things they needed. They said they wanted clipboards to walk around and check children doing their jobs correctly! They wanted to go on school trips and write about what they did and saw. They wanted to read books about creatures and animals and to draw and write about them. They wanted to draw maps. They wanted a Superhero themed writing den!
We listened to our boys!
Have a look at how the boys responded when we granted their wishes!
Clipboards at the ready! Local area… here we come!
‘I can see a post-box.’
Look at our maps…
We draw maps and use them creatively in our play!
We have lots of opportunities to write outdoors.
We have our very own Super Hero bat cave!
We go on trips and write recounts about them…
We have visitors in school such as a theatre company, we like to write about what we did.
We do so much wonderful writing…
Come and see how much our writing has improved on our writing displays.
After putting into place what the boys wanted, we repeated our tallying activity. Within the space of 20 minutes, 17/24 (This is 71%) boys were engaged in some form of writing/ mark making activity during child initiated- Leading my own learning time. This included taking orders in our café, using their fingers to draw on our interactive screen, writing labels for models, drawing maps, writing names on collages, recording what was found on a bug hunt, writing names outdoors on the chalkboard with paintbrushes and water and many more things.
We are incredibly proud of our boy’s writing journey in EYFS so far and we can’t wait to see where they lead it next!