Tracking pupil progress in the early years

Nicola Davison
07th September 2018
EYFS child in nursery or reception observing his class

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 to help 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.

New EYFS (2012) Whole Class Assessment Grid

Whole class assessment grid for up to 30 pupils, for assessment against the updated EYFS age-banded development/learning statements. Covers age bands 16-26m to ELGs at end of EYFS.
By Deborah Jane Smith

Learning Journey assessment

A PowerPoint designed to be reduced to 4 or 6 to a page and stuck into Learning Journey books for summative assessment. Characteristics of Effective Learning and Areas of Learning statements for Foundation Stage (EYFS 2012) children. I was inspired by a local EYFS teacher and their school's learning journeys to produce these. They will also be laminated and placed onto a ring to be carried by the staff during observations. I hope you find them useful xx
By choralsongster

EYFS Assessment Tracker 16 months - 60+ months

A tracker to input assessment judgements on for each of the seven areas of the EYFS Development Matters.
A two page tracker which has space for up to five assessments so can be used to track a child's development for a full year
Assessments can be tracked from 16 months - 60+ months
By MagicalEYFS

EYFS short observation learning characteristics

this is my latest format for recording short observations. My latest EYFS training pushed us to pay more attention to the 'characteristics of effective learning&' so this intends on making that push! Underneath is the &';key vocabulary' linked to each characteristic. We each keep a laminated copy of this attached to our clipboards to refer to as we observe. feedback appreciated x
By emilyelizabethstarkey

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.

phase 1 assessment

Letters and Sounds Phase 1 Aspects 1-7 Class tracker. A bit disappointed the way they look when you download but I promise when printed out they are A4 and easy to keep up to date.
By yjdj

Sound Balloon Assessment

At the start of each term, I will assess children's sounds.
Foundation Phase
By Miss T x0

Number Recognition Assessment Form

A sheet to help with a quick assessment of numbers

By das100

Numeracy basic skills: EYFS planning

termly basic skills sheets to assess the children in number and shape and space
By andreaberry

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