Assessing & Reporting
In the Early Years we undertake assessment for learning. We analyse and review what we know about each child’s development and learning and then make informed decisions about the child’s progress. This enables us to plan the next steps to meet their development and learning needs.
Soon after the child enters the School at three or four years of age, a baseline assessment is made to provide a foundation upon which to measure the child’s future learning and progress. Further assessments are continuously carried out during the Nursery and Kindergarten. These assessments inform every day planning and are based on ongoing observational assessment of each child’s achievements, interests and learning styles. These observations can take the form of focused observations, anecdotal observations, annotated examples of work, photographs, videos and information from the parents via VIP forms and Magic Moments. Other focussed assessments such as letter, sound / number / word recognition are also regularly under taken to ensure we are continuously moving the children’s learning on.
Feedback is given to parents’ at Parents’ Evenings in November and March, at which parents receive an Assessment Record. Parents also receive a fully comprehensive, detailed written report by the Form Teacher at the end of the school year.
The EYFS Profile is completed at the end of the Kindergarten year and summarises all of the formative assessment undertaken. The Profile covers the seven areas of learning and summarises children’s progress towards the Early Learning Goals. It also provides an insight into the characteristics of how your child learns. The end of year assessments are used as a starting point as each child begins the next school year to provide continuity and progression between year groups.