Our teachers in EYFS assess children throughout Reception in the following ways:
On entry to Reception, all children will be participating in the reception baseline assessment (RBA) within the first 6 weeks of starting reception.
The purpose of the assessment is to provide the starting point for a new measure that will help parents understand how well schools support their pupils to progress between reception and year 6.
When children join us in Reception, their knowledge and understanding of the English language is assessed using the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI: https://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/project/nuffield-early-language-intervention). These assessments show us that early English language development for the majority of our new children is below average with a mean score that places the children joining us in Reception, in the lowest 30% of children nationally.
At the end of the EYFS – in the summer term of the reception year in school – teachers complete an assessment which is known as the EYFS Profile. This assessment is carried out by the reception teacher and is based on what they, and other staff caring for your child, have observed over a period of time.
Another important part of the EYFS Profile is your knowledge about your child’s learning and development, so do let your child’s class teacher know about what your child does with you: such as how confident your child is in writing their name, reading and talking about a favourite book, speaking to people your child is not so familiar with or their understanding of numbers.
All of the information collected is used to judge how your child is doing in the 7 areas of learning and development. Finding out at this stage how your child is doing will mean that the teacher your child has in their next school year – year 1 – will know what your child really enjoys doing and does well, as well as helping them decide where to take your child’s journey next.
The school will give you a report of your child’s progress, including information from his or her EYFS Profile.