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Progression from the early years to KS3

The new primary curriculum builds on the early years foundation stage (EYFS). This should enable schools to design a curriculum, particularly in the early stages of primary education, which is more aligned to prior learning and ways of working in the EYFS. This is particularly important in using play-based and child-initiated approaches to learning to support effective transition.

To achieve this, year 1 teachers in particular will require a sound understanding of the EYFS in order to make the most effective links and support those children still working towards the early learning goals.

In years 5 and 6, the later phase of the new curriculum can be increasingly configured as subject disciplines, to ease transition into specialist subject teaching at key stage 3. Teachers working in the later stages of primary will require a sound understanding of the secondary curriculum to support children already working at this level and in preparing children for the next stage in their education.

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