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Assessing Children’s Learning and Progress

 

Assessing children's learning and progress is key to ensuring that your child is developing and achieving. In Nursery we observe our children and gather evidence in lots of different ways.

We collect information throughout your child's time at our school. Their first assessment is called a 'Baseline assessment' and this where we find out exactly what your child can do and what they know. We are then able to plan their next steps from this information and amend our provision to enhance and extend their learning. 

We then monitor your child's learning continuously on a daily basis and adapt or change our planning as needed. There are specific points within each term when we do another assessment linked to their baseline, giving us a true measure of your child's achievements and progress. This is fedback to parent's and carers at parent's meetings each term and next steps are shared and thought up together with how you can support your child's learning at home. 

Daily communication also takes place with informal feedback on how your child is developing and further meetings are arranged if more support is needed.

As a school we ensure that all school groups are tracked looking at patterns of strengths and areas for development that we can react to in a timely manner, ensuring that intervention can be put in place or success can be celebrated and worked on even further. We focus on groups such as girls/boys, children eligible for pupil premium, children with additional needs including more able children and also different ethnic groups, children with English as an additional language or religions. 

 

Learning Journeys

 

We have changed our Learning Journey's from paper based ones to an online system called Tapestry.

 

 

Your child's Learning Journey on Tapestry is a great way to share information about your child’s learning and achievements and it contains observations we make and photos we take throughout your child’s time here at South Normanton Nursery School. 
This is also a fantastic way of you sharing your experiences of your child’s achievements and learning that happens when they are not at school. All this information is then in one place and represents the ‘whole’ learning journey of your child.

There are robust policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety of your Data and we encourage you to use the content of your child's learning with sensitivity and in a responsible manner. We recommend not sharing on social media to ensure the safety and privacy of all our children as we urge you to think about your child's digital footprint online. 

 

Your child's learning journey will be shared with any other setting they attend and also with the school that they will attend. 


Where do I start? 
Type in “eylj” in to your search engine. Click on “Tapestry log in” or if you have an smartphone or tablet, visit the relevant app store e.g. itunes, google play) and download the Tapestry (search - Tapestry online learning journal) app.
Login using your email address and the password we give you. (You need to activate this within a week)
Then we strongly recommend that you change your password on your first visit for security reasons. 


Changing your settings

 On the computer
 At the top right of your screen you will see your name, and selecting this will give you the option to ‘Edit Preferences’. Choose this option and you will be presented with a screen giving you the option to change your email address and password. You also have the option to receive an email whenever a new observation is added to your child’s Learning Journey – just tick or untick the relevant box if you would like to change this setting.
 On your phone or tablet 
Click the 'cog' button on the bottom right hand side of the application. This enables you to change password and/or email address. 


Viewing my child’s Learning Journey 
Once logged in, you will see your child’s observations on your home screen in a list – selecting any one of these will open up the observation for you to look at. You may add comments in the box at the bottom of the observation if you would like to - and we would love to receive such comments! 
Adding an entry to my child’s Learning Journey 
Choose the ‘Add Observation’ option (or the 'plus' icon on your app.) and add the relevant information in the boxes on screen. Photos and videos may be uploaded by choosing the ‘add media’ option. When you have saved your observation, you may go back to the home screen at any time by choosing ‘home’.

 

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