How can teachers ensure that the transition from the Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage One is a positive experience for children? What are the issues for children, parents and teachers and how should teachers respond to these?
This book introduces the concept of transition and identifies the key problem areas for children and adults focusing on the differences in philosophy and practice between the EYFS and Key Stage One, whilst also giving emphasis to the opportunities that are provided by the transition process.It stresses the need for a balanced approach and the importance of sustained shared thinking from the EYFS through Key Stage One and provides practical strategies for achieving this.
Onwards and Upwards: Supporting the Transition to Key Stage One includes detailed guidance on:
- preparing for the transition to Key Stage One
- the role of the teacher
- the balance between adult-led and child initiated activity
- play and the use of the outdoor environment
- creating a stimulating environment that supports a balanced approach
Throughout the book, Kathleen Orlandi emphasises the child’s perspective and draws on naturalistic observations of children before, during and after a period of transition. With case studies, key quotes from children, examples of practice and suggestions for planning, and questions for reflective practice, this textbook will be invaluable for students and practitioners in the EYFS and Key Stage One, as well as those responsible for CPD.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Introduction
The overall aims of the book
The nature of the research which informs much of the book
What about transition?
Chapter Two: What are the issues for children?
Getting the children’s perspectives on issues of transition right
Examples of brief interviews with children about their transition from Reception Class to Year One
What issues do children have with transition from Foundation Stage to Year One?
So what are the children telling us about their needs for transition to
Children identified as having special educational needs
Chapter Three: What are the issues for parents and practitioners?
What are the issues about transition for parents?
Issues identified by teachers in three case study settings
Chapter Four: Preparation or practice?
What happens during preparation for transition? This looks at two aspects: establishing familiarity and consideration of practice, using three case study settings as examples.
The impact of changing practice as part of transition. This compares Reception Class and Year One practice in the three case study settings, and includes the children’s perspectives.
Chapter Five: The features of successful transition between Reception Class and
This first part of the chapter lists the features of successful transition between Reception Class and Year One. This is intentionally brief as it leaves the reflection to the reader.
The second part of the chapter has case studies of two boys who transferred from the same Reception Class into different Year One Classes. The case studies provide an opportunity to examine their differing experiences.
The chapter concludes with a table for teachers to use to reflect on their provision ‘Transition Check for Reception and Year One Teachers
Chapter Six: Why should Foundation Stage practice be introduced to Year One?
This chapter attempts to justify the transformation of practice in Year One a) to aid transition and b) because it is more suitable for the way young children learn.
It examines the issue of supporting learning and development through play in Year One.
Chapter Seven: A principled approach to planning in Year One
This chapter briefly examines the principles for planning in Year One that allow
1) children to meet the expectations of national guidelines and
2) age appropriate experiences that will support the development of positive dispositions to learning.
The second part of the chapter considers some examples of planning frameworks for Year One that 1) provide suitable experiences for the children and 2) take into consideration the need to check children’s progress against national requirements.
Chapter Eight: Moving to Year One – opportunity for continuity and for change
Opportunities for reflection, development and children’s rights
Ideas for change. This section focuses on four aspects which are common issues during the transition period: outdoors, music, time management, play.
Chapter Nine: Summary and recommendations
Kathleen Orlandi is Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies at Liverpool Hope University. She is also Lead Manager of the North West Early Years Transformation Group (NWEYTG), which provides courses for candidates wishing to achieve Early Years Professional Status.