Cross Phase Planning Reception to Year One

abc doesChild Initiated Learning, Continuous Provision, EYFS Policy and Practice, Planning and Assessment, Transition5 Comments

I know that this is a subject that causes lots of headaches. Whether you are in mixed age group class or you are trying to manage the transition between Reception and Year One. Unfortunately there is no 'magic' planning format or timetable that will sort this out for you but there are a few things that you can put in place that will really help you to get the best for all of the children in your care. Ethos This is the most important thing to establish before you do anything else. What is the ethos and expectation of the Senior Management Team of your school with regard to styles of teaching in Reception and Year One. This might not … Read More

Are you ready for September?

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Had a busy old week last week…hence the lack of blogging! Monday I was delivering outdoor training to a group of Nursery and Children's Centre practitioners Tuesday it was 'How to Look Good Naked' to a variety of practitioners from Nechells Eduaction Action Zone in Birmingham. Wednesday, off to Coventry to work with the lovely ladies from St Osburg's Primary Thursday back to Salford to train TA's  while the teachers were on strike… Then Friday was the ABC Does… conference in Manchester. I was very excited! I REALLY enjoyed my day and from the feedback sheets, the delegates seemed to feel the same. It did take me until about Sunday afternoon to recover – it was that sort of conference! … Read More

Making Links to Learning through Play, Modelling and MLD!

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Phew, what a week – and it isn't over yet! It started in Millstead Special Primary School in Liverpool where I was working with staff looking at the implementation of an EYFS approach across the school. Millstead has children with various levels of need from PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Disability) to those with ASD  (Autistic Spectrum Disorder). It was a truly amazing two days from which I learned so much. There is HUGE potential for learning for many of the children at this school which would be significantly enhanced by running an EYFS approach. I will post more about this soon when I have done a little more research and got more feedback on the strategies that we decided to … Read More