Early Years

Early Years Transition


Evaluation of Booktime (2012-13) - Booktrust commissioned NFER to conduct an evaluation of the Booktime programme in England. Booktime provides a free book pack containing two books for every reception-aged child (4-5 years) in England. Its purpose is to promote the pleasure of books and involve parents and carers in reading aloud with their children. The overall message from the evaluation is that Booktime is a well-liked and much respected programme. Schools that receive the Booktime book packs really value the resource, and the books are well-used by schools. Perceptions of the books for 2012/2013 are extremely positive; the books are rated very highly on appropriateness, pupil enjoyment and excitement generated. Respondents reported a range of perceived impacts of Booktime on children; increasing children’s enjoyment of reading, and increasing the frequency of shared reading at home are the most frequently reported impacts.
Evaluation of Booktime full report

Reading list - transition from Foundation Stage (2010)
to Key Stage 1
Prepared reading list

Making the transition from the Foundation Stage
to Key Stage 1 (2006)
Presentation given by Caroline Sharp at the Early Years Conference

A study of the transition from the Foundation Stage
to Key Stage 1 (2005)
Research study identifying issues presenting challenges for children, staff and parents during transition to Year 1
Summary and research report

How children make sense of the transition to Year 1 (2005)
Paper given at the EECERA Annual Conference by Caroline Sharp
and Gabrielle White
Conference paper

BBC Radio4 Woman’s Hour: Too young to learn (2005)
Caroline Sharp discusses what is the right time to start formal lessons
Download mp3 file
BBC Radio 4

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