Tracking pupil progress in the early years

Nicola Davison
27th October 2016
Track, assess, progress, observation, early years, foundation stage, EYFS, nursery, Reception

Assessment grids and observation sheets to help you to evaluate learners’ skills and understanding

It’s no wonder that so much time is spent observing and monitoring progress in early years settings, when the outcomes are so crucial in planning for and enhancing young children’s development.

Here, we’ve selected some of the top resources for tracking pupil progress against both the characteristics of learning and areas of development, so as to help to make the process as painless as possible.

For starters, why not take a look at this short video, which details three different ways of assessing early years learners?

General tracking resources

Detailing all of the statements for each of the areas of learning and development, this whole-class assessment grid offers one handy place to store all necessary data on pupil progress over the course of the year.

For something a bit more child-friendly, these learning journey cards are ideal for carrying around when observing and assessing individuals. Alternatively, this more compact tracking document* has space for four assessment judgements on the seven areas of learning over the course of the year.

When observing, try this short observation form, including word banks, to monitor progress towards the three characteristics of learning.

Resources for specific areas of learning

Keep on top of young learners’ progression through the different aspects of early phonics with this printable assessment grid. Towards the end of each term, record their knowledge of phonemes using this sound balloon record sheet*.

When assessing progress in maths, this useful grid is great for keeping a regular check on number recognition and formation skills. Or, these pictorial sheets work really well if you’re looking for a more rounded assessment of numeracy skills.

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