Most observations are done during PAL time (child initiated play) and are text based with an accompanying photo or video.
Observations will usually be of the following:
Throughout the year children will be observed in the following ways:
For all observations undertaken an adult must decide whether to observe without intervention or to interact and engage. Adults must consider how their involvement will impact on the learning taking place, for example will it halt, redirect or enhance the learning?
In Early Years we use an online learning journal called Tapestry. This is where all observations of the children are created, uploaded and published. Observations using Tapestry are created by any of the Early Years team, all of which have access to the system via a device where the app has been downloaded to (I-Pads). Before publishing, observations will be checked and approved by the class teacher or phase leader if necessary. Once published, parents are able to access and view their own child’s learning journal online. Parents have continual access to Tapestry via the internet or app on a mobile device. They are able to view and comment on observations made in school and also have the opportunity to add their own photos, videos and observations at home.
Observations can also have learning outcomes, characteristics of learning and Leuven scales attached to them to form part of the EYFS ongoing assessment. These assessments are not viewable by parents.
A3 Bk1 P.67 (Abacus 3 book 1 page 67)
E.g. ‘Remember to write one number in each square’
Science / Topic Work (History, Geography, R.E. and P.S.H.E.)