One of the questions I was asked by a parent recently was “What’s the difference between Reception and year 1? “. My answer was, ” A lot “.
Moving from reception to year 1 involves a move from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum to the Key Stage 1 curriculum. This marks a big change for your child as their day will become more structured and formal.
It’s important you’re aware of these changes so you can help your child to have the smoothest transition possible.
In reception class, teachers draw on an active play-based curriculum while in year 1 this changes and becomes a more passive, taught curriculum. Your child will experience a change from integrated, whole curriculum learning to subject-based activities. Small group activities are replaced with whole class teaching plus group activities.
This is also the point at which child-initiated activities are replaced by more adult-directed activities and ongoing access to an outdoor learning environment is replaced by timetabled outdoor playtime.
Each child responds differently to these changes. Some take them in their stride while others take a while to get used to the new routines. Whatever happens it’s a good idea to monitor how your child is getting on once they start year 1.
How to help:
Talk to their teacher regularly, find out how they are coping and ask if there’s anything you can do at home to help.
The transition from reception to year 1 marks a change for your child and will be a change for you too.
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The image above is taken from Catharine Slade’s My 6 year old daughter: A practical handbook to help you discover how she is really doing