Assessment in our Early Years classes is mainly based on practitioner observations and their professional judgements of children’s achievements. Observations will be conducted throughout the year by all members of our EYFS team and these observations will form our children’s Special Books, which record their Learning Journey throughout their reception year.
Following a child’s first six weeks at school, our teachers will use their observations to make a formal assessment against our Baseline Assessment, which is provided by Early Excellence. This Baseline Assessment will enable our teaching team to evaluate our children’s achievements as they start school. We can then tailor our provision to enable children to develop their learning, knowledge, skills and understanding as appropriate.
At the end of the year, our teachers will again use their observations to make judgements in each of the 17 areas of learning within the EYFS Profile. For each area of learning the teachers will determine whether a child is Emerging, Expected or Exceeding. Expected means that children are working at an age-expected level of development within the area of learning. Children identified as Emerging are working towards this age-expected level and children identified as Exceeding are working beyond the age-expected level.