Some proof that EYFS does NOT need to be extended into year 1

The Quirky Teacher

At this time of year, a few boys in reception year are being brought to my attention by staff, or making themselves known to me – they’re starting to push the boundaries a bit, maybe get a bit too rough. All the free choice is definitely not good for them because they’re mostly drawn to stress-testing lego construction rather than choosing the independent writing table. The clock is ticking and while we can’t do much about what is happening now (because of the requirements of the EYFS), we know that what these lads need is authority, routine, structure, a clear division between work and play. Everybody says it, even their parents.

When I first came to this role, I was told that our children couldn’t and wouldn’t be able to cope with formal learning and I was advised to extend the early years experience into year 1. This is considered…

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