It is hard to believe we are at Issue 9 of the Early Years magazine already – soon it will be our first birthday! We’ll have to make sure that particular issue is a bit special – any suggestions welcomed. This month we are focusing on transitions, particularly from home to nursery or school. We have examples of how practitioners and parents have worked together to ease transitions and much more.
Wroughton Infant School and East Wichel Primary School are currently carrying out a Teacher Enquiry Funded Project (TEFP) to develop the use of ICT to enhance the teaching of calculation, especially between the transition from FS2 to KS1 and KS1 to KS2. Take a look at their Funded Project Abstract. The project began on 19 April 2010 and will continue for eight months, so check back regularly for interim reports.
Have you been exploring Numbers and patterns: laying foundations in mathematics published by the then DCSF in January of this year? This resource is intended to help practitioners working with children in the Early Years Foundation Stage and teachers working with lower Key Stage 1 children to plan their mathematics provision. The materials have a strong focus on number and have been structured around two themes to ensure that children experience high-quality teaching in two aspects of counting:
- number words and numerals – the ability to say number names in order;
- counting sets – the ability to count objects, in order to find out how many there are in a set.
This resource is sometimes described as the mathematics equivalent of ‘Letters and Sounds’. If you have not yet started to use this resource, then now is the time to explore it more closely and consider how you will embed it, ready for September.
The Impact of Parental Involvement on Children’s Education summarises The Effective Provision of Pre-School Education (EPPE) project, published by the then DCSF (now DfE) in November 2008. Not surprisingly, it tells us that ‘Children achieve more when schools and parents work together. Parents can help more effectively if they know what the school is trying to achieve and how they can help.’ This publication runs to just 12 pages, but is full of useful short sections answering such questions as Why is parental involvement important? and Does parental involvement vary among different groups of parents? It makes very interesting reading and links with much of this month’s content.
Take a look at the Teachers TV programme EYFS Today: Developing transitions. There are examples of different types of home visits and a childminder explains how she deals with the several transitions in every day. It will be 15 minutes well spent.
Issue 25 of the Primary Magazine has great ideas to develop classroom practice. Focusing on sliced bread and multiplication, the usual history and art sections and the new It’s in the News! feature, there is always plenty that is relevant to the Early Years. Look out for Issue 26 towards the end of July – something a bit different to enhance your summer holiday!