1st Edition

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





ISBN 9781138639256
Published February 22, 2017 by Routledge
240 Pages 395 Color Illustrations

USD $46.95

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Book 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

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Author(s)

Biography

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.