Planning for Continuous Provision – Reception and Year One

Alistair Bryce-CleggChild Initiated Learning, Continuous Provision, Creativity, EYFS Policy and Practice, Nurseries, Planning and Assessment18 Comments

If you are looking at an effective transition for children into Year One then your timetable will be very similar to a good Reception one rather than a more traditional Year One format. Your children will have periods of direct adult input this could be whole class or group depending on what you are teaching. The children will then spend much longer periods of time in Continuous Provision where the adults will be observing, supporting, challenging and teaching. My preferred style of working in Continuous Provision is that after you have finished your direct input everyone goes into the play together. It know it is tempting to keep a ‘group’ back on the carpet and then rotate through your groups … Read More

Foundation Stage Progress Tracker

Alistair Bryce-CleggEYFS Policy and Practice, Uncategorized14 Comments

Last week had a bit of everything in it for me. I did some work in settings, writing and a conference delivery and the common thread to the whole week was making judgements about progress in Foundation Stage (amongst other things). I started my week in The Friars Primary in Salford. The Friars is about 20 mins away from home so I have done a fair bit of work with them over the past couple of years. Pat (the Head) and the Early Years Team (Sarah and Emma) are also very accommodating and let me ‘try out’ lots of ideas an initiatives on them and their children. At the moment the school have a vacancy for a Reception teacher (all details here) … Read More

St Mark’s Pre-School Sydney

Alistair Bryce-CleggChild Initiated Learning, Continuous Provision, Environment, EYFS Policy and Practice2 Comments

When I visited Australia in the Summer I worked with lots of brilliant settings and met some amazing practitioners. One of my favourite spaces was St Mark’s Pre-School in Sydney. I am really pleased that I have managed to persuade Tinna (the Director of St Mark’s) to tell me a bit more about their ethos. St Marks is situated in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs. St Mark’s is affiliated with Cranbrook School, which is located in Rose Bay (Junior) and Bellevue Hill (Senior School). St Mark’s is a coeducational preschool catering for 40 children a day. St Mark’s Pre-school was established by Cranbrook School and opened in 1944 with three teachers and sixty children, boys and girls. Our circumstances are quite unique … Read More

Early Years Assessment App

abc doesBoys Learning, EYFS Policy and Practice, Phonics, Planning and Assessment22 Comments

Now I know that not everyone in Early Years has got an iPhone or and iPad but there are a growing number of setting that I work in where the staff have been given one for teaching and assessment and they are a really useful tool. They not only create high level interest and engagement from children there are LOADS of appropriate apps and games that you can use to actually impact on teaching and learning rather than 'just playing' (not that 'just playing' is always a bad thing!) Here an iPad is being used for some phonic group work. Don't worry, the grip has been duly noted and acted upon!  Even the 'pinkness' of the iPad cover wasn't putting … Read More