EY-P1 Transition Project


i) Support transition of children from Early Years to P1
ii) Explore Freeplay in the P1 classroom
iii) Help them catch up on development and learning lost due to lockdown
iv) Support literacy and numeracy development:

Educational Objectives:

There are 3 areas of focus:
i) Ongoing use of EY Musicality Resources in P1:

Sections of the Early Years Musicality resources may still be very appropriate for young P1 classes them for their general development- eg in listening skills, rhythm development, socialisation and creativity. In Literacy, children may still need to work with materials that focus on phonological awareness, Onset and Rime, and syllable segmentation, before starting to address phonemic awareness later in the session.

ii) P1 Freeplay/Adult Modelling

Ethos- described in the attached PDF- AdultModellingFreeplayGuidev1-0FD go here to download.

Brief Summary: The project would provide training and resources to support a range of fun musicality activities for adults in the P1 classroom to follow during freeplay sessions- using v simple musicality skills, This helps adult educators model musicality behaviour to children, who can then take part in their own individual way. This approach has been very effective in helping children who find it difficult to engage with adult-led group activities, to join in with musicality activities, developing trust, social connection and valuable positive learning experiences.

iii) Literacy/Numeracy for Young P1 class

These resources are designed for P1 classes that are still getting used to sitting well, working in group activities, following adult-led activities, still sorting out auditory discrimination, phonological awareness, syllable segmentation, onset and rime, and just starting to engage with phonemic awareness, grapheme- phoneme matching and grapheme recognition.

The programme introduces Grapheme recognition and work with number concepts using dynamic, creative child-led social-music making- which naturally helps playing instruments in a group, paying attention to the screen, starting to engage with graphemes and adult-led activities.

Then P1 classes would move onto using the main Literacy/Numeracy Through Music programme (P1- P3) later in the session when that group is ready- eg Spring or Summer Term.

This programme would be appropriate in settings where the Early Years staff are ready using the ABC EY Musicality resources.

EY to P1 Transition- Training Programme:

Staff would attend 2 joint Remote CPDs per session. There would be a 2-hour site visit with the Early Years transition staff and the P1 class, Covid-19 permitting

Lead Staff in each school (EY Transition and P1) would take part in 2 x 30-minute Google Meet calls with ABC staff- to discuss progress and get support and advice,

Although these could be converted to a second 2-hour site visit.

Instrumental Resources:

Each P1 class would receive a set of 11 instrument bags for use flexibly during freeplay sessions- and to support use of EY activities in the P1 classroom.

Each bag would contain 5 untuned percussion instruments (Triangle/Tambourine/ Wooden Agogo/Cluster Bells/Mini-maraca), one coloured combi bell, and the set would come with 2 tambours.

instr bags5 perc

Please contact me if this project is of interest.


Phil Bancroft

Co-Founder ABC Creative Music