Early Years Foundation Stage
At Highfield the Early Years Foundation Stage team use assessment for learning. This is the process where staff use their expertise and knowledge of individuals to make informed decisions about a child’s progress and plan the next steps to meet their development and learning needs. In September EYFS staff, in consultation with parents/carers, will complete a baseline for all children entering nursery and reception. The results from this will inform the learning opportunities and provision your child will be offered during their time in EYFS.
Important information about your child’s development and learning is shared with parents / carers throughout the year, interim reports and at autumn and spring parents evenings. A final report is produced in the summer term.
Learning journeys, consisting of annotated drawings, work, photographs, narrative observations and checklists, are kept as a record of individual’s attainment and progress over the academic year. Information gathered from the learning journeys is inputted into the whole school assessment tracker, FFT, which enables staff to identify individual's attainment and rates of progress as well as identifying next steps. We have also recently started using Tapestry to assess and track children’s progress throughout their time in EYFS.
We encourage parents to contribute to this process through using ‘wow’ moment sheets to record your child’s achievements you witness at home. (These are sent home regularly & available on the school website under EYFS).
At the end of Reception children are assessed against the Early Learning Outcomes. Please click here to access this document which outlines typical development at different Ages & Stages from birth to end of Reception year. Children will be assessed to be either emerging, working within expected levels or exceeding these. This is reported to parents at the end of the Reception year. Please click here to access exemplification materials related to the Early Learning Goals.