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Early Years - Using Puppets

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Early years advisors Sheila Sage and Sue Durant share their enjoyment of working with puppets. They explain how puppets can be used in a variety of ways, beginning with introducing puppets to the class.

Sheila emphasises how important it is for practitioners to feel comfortable with the puppets they use, practicing with a colleague or in front of the mirror before working with children. We see initial reactions to Bernard, whom Sheila brings along to St John's First School. Later we meet a hand puppet who lacks numeracy skills and needs the children?s help to learn to count.

Puppets can encourage PSHE skills in an unthreatening way, such as using a handkerchief, not interrupting or being a bully, as well as developing empathy, imagination and communication. Sue and Sheila explain how sometimes the quietest child will begin to talk to a puppet.

Key points:

  • Encourage the quietest pupils to start talking
  • Use a male puppet to avoid confusion with dolls
  • Look at a variety of ways puppets can be effective in the classroom

Part of the series: Primary TAs

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