Year One in Action: A Month-by-Month Guide to Taking Early Years Pedagogy into KS1, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Year One in Action

A Month-by-Month Guide to Taking Early Years Pedagogy into KS1, 1st Edition

By Anna Ephgrave

Routledge

240 pages | 395 Color Illus.

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Description

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!

Table of Contents

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

About the 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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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EDUCATION / General