About Our Academy
A large percentage of the assessment is collected while the children are participating in free exploration time, this provides us with a real understanding of what the children have learned and what they need extra time practicing. We collect evidence of each child’s learning, knowledge and understanding using an assessment app called 2Simple. This is iPad based and allows us to collect photos, make notes and link assessments to each observation in real time. This ensures that all adults can still be interacting and playing alongside the children, providing us with the opportunity to question and further develop the children’s understanding or learning. This then builds up a profile for each child that is regularly shared with the parents via email, allowing the parents to share in what their child has learned. At the end of Foundation Stage (e.g. at the end of Reception) the children are assessed against the 17 Early Learning Goals, being assessed as either emerging, expected or exceeding. We report these to parents and the Local Authority. Generally speaking, we would expect an average child to be achieving expected within each of the 17 ELG’s and so achieving a Good Level of Development (GLD).
Communication with Parents
Developing and maintaining positive relationships with parents is just as important as developing and maintaining positive relationships with the children. We aim to ensure that we send regular communication home about the children, sharing the 2Simple profile observations regularly and providing next steps to help further your child’s development at home. We also provide opportunities to talk through any concerns before or after school whilst also having a parents evening each term. In addition to this we provide a termly report about your child’s learning and development. We also send home a newsletter each week, informing parents about what their children have been learning that week, what they will be learning the following week and ways in which they can help their child at home. In nursery children will receive a red project file during their first week at school. The project files are sent home on a Friday with a weekly newsletter and work that the children have been doing that week. We encourage parents to add any acitivities, achievements and family news into their project files. This provides an excellent opportunity for children to develop their communication skills.
We like to broaden the children’s experience by taking them on exciting and engaging trips related to the project. For example, taking them to Hall Farm Park to learn as part of our ‘What is a farm?’ project and a trip to the woods as part of our ‘Who lives in the woods’ project. We also invite visitors relating to our project into school. Past visitors have been Mr Shiney, Hedgehog Rescue and the RSPB. We also have developed relationships with our local children’s Centre, who offer bespoke sessions to our children, such as Language through Listening, Write dance and also are involved in the transitions into nursery during our Humpty Dumpty sessions.