Year One in Action: A Month-by-Month Guide to Taking Early Years Pedagogy into KS1

Year One in Action: A Month-by-Month Guide to Taking Early Years Pedagogy into KS1

By: Anna Ephgrave (author)Paperback

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Children are `hard-wired' to learn and they learn best by being active and autonomous - exploring, discovering, creating and taking risks, in other words, by playing. However, formal, subject specific lessons and a focus on data, targets and unrealistic expectations are causing young children to be bored and stressed and this is stifling their learning. Year One in Action reveals the remarkable progress children can make when they are allowed to pursue their own interests, ideas and challenges in a superb and enabling environment supported by responsive, skilled and empathic staff. Demonstrating how a child-led approach supports the development of purposeful, calm, confident and independent children, this book offers a unique month-by-month insight into the workings of a highly successful Year One class. It covers all aspects of practice from timetabling, adult roles and transitions to the organisation of the classroom and outside area. It tracks the events of each month in the year, paying close attention to the physical environment and the learning that is taking place. Interactions between staff and children are recognised as, and exploited as, teaching opportunities. Throughout the book, Anna Ephgrave gives the reasons behind each decision made. She also explains what the outcomes have been for the children, emphasising that a child-led approach, with planning in the moment, enables rich learning across the curriculum for all children within a meaningful context. Key features include: over 150 full colour photographs to illustrate practice; photocopiable pages of planning sheets, record keeping sheets and sample letters to parents examples of individual learning journeys and planning in the moment; guidance on what to look for when assessing children's progress; advice on risk/benefit assessments; suggestions for managing transitions and minimising stress. The achievements of these children have been remarkable and they have remained the enthusiastic, independent, happy and unique individuals that they were when they came into Year One. Written by a leading consultant teacher, this book will inspire teachers to be brave and do what is right for children - let them take the lead, trust that they want to learn and above all let them play!

About Author

Anna Ephgrave has been teaching for over 27 years. Her most recent post was Assistant Head Teacher responsible for the Early Years and Year One at Carterhatch Infant School, which was graded as Outstanding in its most recent inspection. Anna is an independent consultant, trainer and author, supporting practitioners both in the United Kingdom and abroad. She has written two very successful books for David Fulton, Routledge: The Reception Year in Action and The Nursery Year in Action.


Foreword Acknowledgements Introduction Pedagogy Brain development and progress Organisation of the book Theory into practice Chapter 1 September Organisation Day one Timetable Environment An enabling environment Organisation Behaviour management Conflict resolution Diary Cakes The solar system Mending mum's toy Bingo A new pond Crocodiles Chapter 2 October Organisation The weekly routine - focus children and parental involvement Learning journey sheets Parent meetings Planning for the rest of the class Environment Sand area outdoors Cooking units indoors Diary Sand and cooking Learning journey details Chapter 3 November Organisation Individual folders Story scribing Environment Woodwork area outdoors Diary New pets Diwali and bonfire night Mathematics everywhere Surfing Building a zoo Story scribing Chapter 4 December Organisation Christmas Assessments Environment Physical development Creative and physical development Diary Family items Creative projects Football Chapter 5 January Organisation A4 learning journey sheets Specialist areas Telling the time Self-assessments Class monitors Environment Specialist creative area Music and stage area Diary Ambitious endeavours in the new creative area Other interesting events Equally interesting outdoors! Chapter 6 February Organisation Timetable changes The role of the adult Curriculum coverage Environment Specialist science area indoors Science outdoors Water investigation area Diary The human body Grouping animals Non-fiction books Mixtures and potions Funky fountain Clay Electricity Technological toys The science of sound Bee-Bot challenge Ice Chapter 7 March Organisation Assessments and moderation Review of timetable and structure of the day Environment Specialist cooking area Small construction and `small world' equipment Large construction outdoors Snack area outdoors Diary Volcanos Fruit smoothies Pyramids Wind sock Blue Batman mask How strong is a Bee-Bot? Paper boats What is inside a dinosaur? Chapter 8 April Organisation A new structure to the day Challenges are optional New approach to focus children and parent meetings Environment History Geography Diary Another dead mouse! A wormery Interests persist - sewing Chicks in Reception Money, money, money Mathematical wow moment Animals Ruth and Maisie Beegu Chapter 9 May Organisation Speech and language Environment The growing area Diary Gymnastics Responsibilities are enjoyed These children are still so young Beegu challenges continue The Beast needs a friend! Chapter 10 June Organisation Timetable remains unchanged Phonics screening test Environment Mid kitchen Transition from Reception to Year One Diary The Lonely Beast PSE focus in many challenges Obstacles Adult-led but still engaging A new arrival in the garden A trip to the zoo Chapter 11 July Organisation Transition Progress Environment Review and reflect Diary Harvest and eat! Young children don't always need to sit and write Den building Escape! Woodwork skills develop Other materials available Conclusion Appendix A Ferre Laevers' levels of involvement Appendix B Cooking design sheet Appendix C Autumn Term focus child letter Appendix D Learning journey Appendix E Cake recipe book Appendix F Story scribing Appendix G Story map Appendix H Woodwork design sheet Appendix I Suppliers Appendix J Spring term focus child letter Appendix K Science design sheet Appendix L Report sheet Appendix M Creative design sheet Bibliography

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781138639256
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781138639256
  • weight: 726
  • ISBN10: 1138639257

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