Sightlines Initiative

promoting creative and reflective practice in early childhood education


Conferences & Seminars

(including Reggio Study visits)

Reggio Approach E-Learning

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Digital Learning Toolbox: 15% discounts for Network Members & Newslist subscribers

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We want to know if these proposed sessions sound attractive to you and your team. We have not yet advertised them – we want to know from you whether they catch your interest, before we finally commission them.

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Open-eyed listening, thinking and dialogue

– are you getting the most out of your understandings? And are your children being seen and supported in the rich ways they deserve?

Two cpd sessions for Network member staff groups and other staff groups keen to enrich their discussions and collaborative analyses
1. The languages we think in and see the worlds of children’s learning
2. The enjoyment of participation & exchange
How we talk about the learning of the children we support directly affects how we support them. Even before we talk about it there is a ‘language of understanding’ which filters how we see.
We have been encultured to recognise and describe instrumental processes and engagements (she was able to build a tall tower etc); we are less ready to see and build on altogether richer areas of learning and engagement (she was sorry for the spider who had got stuck in the corner of the window.)
When we meet and discuss we may be shy to say what we feel, or to ‘look silly’ if we have an idea about what’s going on that is ‘unusual’ or ‘not what the leader thinks’. That doesn’t make for a strong learning group.
These sessions are intended for those groups of colleagues who want to leap energetically with fresh eyes and minds into becoming pedagogical research teams, not simply trotting out mundane mantras from official documents about learning goals.

These would be 1 ½ or 2 hour sessions, probably after the Christmas break. We will begin with the session on ‘languages of seeing’ and follow with ‘the enjoyment of exchange.’ They will be playful as well as participative and delightfully challenging.

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Bicycles & Bricks, Vision & Determination
Online Conference set: narratives of the real and possible in shaping education

The Power of Blockplay: a language of construction, imagination and ideas
This session discusses a short history and principles of blockplay; what block play offers: reflecting on practice; a celebration of children’s wonderful ideas; practicalities of blockplay organisation.

Exhibit: Reggio Emilia's 'The Hundred Languages of Children' • Newcastle • 1997

Exhibit Tour: Reggio Emilia's 'the Hundred Languages of Children' • Cardiff, Belfast, Exeter, Bristol, Bradford, Glasgow • 2000

Exploratorium: The Fantastic Attic • Newcastle • 2000

Exploratorium: The Magic Wardrobe • Newcastle • 2001

Exhibit: Experiments & Encounters • Newcastle • 2002

Exhibit Tour: Reggio Emilia's 'The Hundred Languages of Children' • Manchester, Newcastle, Cambridge, Swansea, Folkestone, Birmingham, Liverpool  • 2004 - 5

Exploratorium: Floor Four • Newcastle • 2004

Evaluations etc

Cambridge Hundred Languages exhibit 2004 report - Enemies of Boredom