I like a challenge so after working for over 15 yrs in KS2 I felt I wanted a change and a new and exciting challenge. I moved from a Junior school to a Primary so that I could eventually work in KS 1 hopefully.
The chance came 3 yrs ago. I was new to Year 1 so I followed the pattern of learning that was already established. However despite being pleased with many aspects of the learning I felt something was missing. I did my own research into how young children learn and read several books to help me understand. It soon became clear that I wanted to improve and change the way we worked in Year 1.
I put a case together and asked the SLT to listen to my proposal. I am very lucky to say that after my presentation and some challenging questions I was given the go ahead.
This was prompted because I saw that there were areas in which we could improve the learning for all children.
Areas for development identified last year were:
- Some children entering Year 1 with significant gaps in their learning
- Smoother transition between EYFS and Year 1- emotional and academic
- Engaging Boys in writing and the need for them to make accelerated progress
- Structured formal learning suiting some of the pupils but not fully meeting the needs of all the children. ( A need to support children with gaps, and also, equally important, extend the learning of
the more able to reach their full potential)
- Engaging parents and raising aspirations
- Assessment across the year and across the curriculum to show progress.
- Continue with upward trend in Phonics – aim for at least national average.
So far so good it’s early days but a recent pupil progress meeting we have shown considerable increase in a percentages in attainment across the board. There is still a long way to go but I can honestly say hand on heart I know we are doing the right thing by the children.
I will keep you updated on progress as the year unfolds.