Children's Attainment in Early Years
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. In Nursery, children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. These are:
• Communication and Language
• Physical Development
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
• Understanding of the World
• Expressive Arts and Design
At the end of Reception all children should be at the expected level in all areas of Learning.
Working below: Your child is working below the expected level for their age in this area (30-50 months or below).
Emerging: Your child has not yet reached the expected level for their age in this area.
Expected: Your child has reached the expected level for their age in this area (40-60 months)
Exceeding: Your child has exceeded the expected level for their age in this area.
At the end of EYFS, we have to submit statutory assessments to the Local Authority. These levels are calculated as: Emerging = 1, Expected = 2 and Exceeding = 3.
Children’s Attainment in Key Stage 1 and 2
The ‘levels’ which the children are given every year are of course important, but not the be all and end all. It is expected that your child makes ‘steps’ progress over the year with the expectation that children start the year at E moving through to reaching S or M by the end of the year. Therefore an expectation of 3 steps progress over the year. The letters E, D, S and M are given to each children for their Reading, Writing, Maths and RE attainment.
• E (Emerging) mean that your child is starting to work within their year group expectations, i.e. they are currently working below expectations.
• D (Developing) mean that your child is working towards their year group expectations, i.e. they are currently working just below expectations.
• S (Secure) means that your child is working at their year group expectations.
• M (Mastery) means that your child is working deeper within their year group expectations, i.e. they are currently working above expectations.