Case study: Investing in the physical environment and staffing levels to bring outstanding Reception practice into Key Stage 1
Impact and verification
- Date: April 2010
- Programme: Personalisation and Progression
- Focus: Building bridges between Reception and Year 1
- Number in series: 6
- Phase: Early Years/Primary
- Key stage: Key Stage 1
- DCSF ref: 00289-2010PDF-EN-06
The most recent Ofsted inspection classified the school as outstanding.
The school has seen the impact, most importantly, on the learning of the children. Opportunities for child-initiated learning in Year 1 and into Year 2 have had an impact; 'Children moving through Key Stage 1 are now more confident,' says the headteacher. 'In particular, their creative writing is more interesting, and they express their ideas more clearly. We consider that to be a direct result of the creative curriculum we've developed. The more that children play, the more they talk, the more their vocabulary develops.'