ERIC Number: ED472085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Teaching Literacy and Mathematics in Reception Classes: A Survey by HMI.
Office for Standards in Education, London (England).
Her Majesty's Inspectors (HMI) inspected the teaching of literacy and mathematics in the reception year in a sample of 129 schools between autumn 2000 and summer 2001. Most of the schools were designated as primary, teaching children from the age of four or five to eleven. A few schools had nursery classes or units attached to them. In half the schools, HMI focused on literacy, in the other half on mathematics. Each school was inspected by one HMI for one day. Main findings include: (1) the quality of teaching was rarely less than satisfactory and much of it was good; (2) the majority of reception teachers plan effectively for their teaching; (3) the introduction of the foundation stage brought new challenges for schools, but few have established any criteria to judge how well the new curriculum is working; (4) teaching assistants and nursery nurses make a strong contribution to teaching and learning in reception classes; (5) there is a sense of professional isolation among some reception teachers, particularly in schools where there are no other foundation-stage classes and teachers; (6) few headteachers have attended any training for the foundation stage so far and few have seen the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies guidance for the reception year; and (7) just over half the schools had written action plans to help them implement the foundation stage. Findings suggest that now that the foundation stage curriculum is in place in the reception year, schools need to turn their attention to revising their schemes of work so that teachers have a clear, unambiguous framework within which to plan their work over the course of the year. (RS)
Descriptors: British National Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Kindergarten, Literacy, Mathematics Instruction, Primary Education, Reading Instruction, Teacher Effectiveness, Writing Instruction
Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), Alexandra House, 33 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6SE, United Kingdom, England. Tel: 07002 637833; Fax: 07002 693274; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/publications. For full text: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/publications/docs/1253.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office for Standards in Education, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)