Transition to Year One – A Practitioner’s Story

Alistair Bryce-CleggTransition, Uncategorized9 Comments

As Reception and Year One staff will be beginning to move into the final phase of their transition I am pleased to welcome Alison Hutchison as a guest blogger to talk about transition! Qualifying 20 years ago Alison has worked as a class teacher, nursery manager, local authority under 3’s development officer and nursery advisory teacher. Following a yearning to be back in class she became a principal teacher in a small rural school.  She has just returned to work following a career break to spend time with her children and has just completed her second book for the Bloomsbury ’50 Fantastic’ series. Today, she is sharing a transition idea that proved to be a great success for her and her children. … Read More

Transition into Key Stage One – A Blog and a Book…

Alistair Bryce-CleggTransition14 Comments

As this is the time of year that lots of Reception and Year One teachers are thinking about Transition. It is a hugely important time for children, and when done well can have a significant impact on wellbeing and attainment. If you fancy reading my thoughts and ideas on tradition in a bit more depth then you might want to try and get your hands on a copy of  Effective Transition into Key Stage One. If you buy it direct from Bloomsbury here it is part of their 45% off sale which is going on until the 7th of July! When I tried to get to the bottom of what the people who were trying a play based transition were … Read More

Continuous Provision in Year One at Peckover Primary School

Alistair Bryce-CleggContinuous Provision, Transition, Uncategorized11 Comments

This week I have got a guest blogpost from Lucy and the team at Peckover Primary School all about how they have successfully taken a Continuous Provision approach into Year One. Over to you Lucy… Year 1 Continuous Provision – Our Journey at Peckover Primary School Three years ago we started our journey to develop an early years approach of continuous provision into Year 1. Believe me, as a team this wasn’t a light hearted decision and we knew it would be a risky challenge, but we recognised that something had to change to support the needs of our children.  The formal pedagogical approach of teaching (children sat at tables all day) that we had, was not supporting these children, … Read More

Continuous Provision in Key Stage One Part 3 – Outcomes

Alistair Bryce-CleggBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Continuous Provision, Environment, Transition, Writing6 Comments

I am really pleased that Jo from St John’s C of E Primary has agreed to write me a third blog post. You can find the others here and here. It is great to see a play based approach to learning having such a positive impact. My third blog leads to the subject I am most frequently asked about. A subject which I tend to avoid as it is often steered towards data, data, data…I like to ‘practise what I preach’; value the journey rather than the outcome’, but  that is not to say that the children ‘s progress and ultimate end of Key Stage assessments are not too far from our minds as we plan the provision. Outcomes, in the … Read More