Transition to Year 1

Building on EYFS

In Bristol there is a group of leaders and teachers from over 30 schools engaged on a research project to support and learning of children from reception and across year1 with Dr Julie Fisher and in conjunction with Phil Nicholson of the University of Suffolk.

The Building on EYFS Project in Bristol is aimed at understanding the impact of building on EYFS pedagogical principles to support children in Year One.


The research has three main aims:

  • To understand the impact of introducing play-based pedagogy on the learning outcomes in English & Mathematics in Year One in schools in a Local Authority (Bristol).
  • To assess children’s wellbeing and learning dispositions (via the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning) at various points throughout their time in Year One
  • To investigate how teachers and headteachers experience and perceive the process of extending play-based pedagogy into Key Stage One in schools in one Local Authority in England

If you would like to find out more or join this research project please contact

Early Learning Contacts

Nicola Theobald, Early Years Improvement Officer
Kate Hubble, Senior Foundation Years Consultant
Nicky Bale, Foundation Years Bristol Standard Consultant
Beth Osborne, Foundation Years Consultant Birth to Three
Kate Irvine, Interim Foundation Years Consultant
Ali Carrington, Interim Foundation Years Consultant