The last NCETM Early Years magazine of 2011, yet again full of useful information, facts and ideas for you to use in your quest to inspire those young minds…Merry Christmas!
The Assessment and Reporting Arrangements (ARA) and Teacher Assessment and Reporting Arrangements (TARA) 2012 for FKS have recently been released. They cover topics such as administering tests, access arrangements, teacher assessment and reporting pupils’ achievements to parents.
Many schools make use of the ‘eProfile’ which provides an electronic means of building a record of assessment outcomes throughout the reception year to support the making of final judgements for EYFS profile. An updated version of the EYFS eProfile (version 3.3) is now available for download. Data held in earlier versions will be compatible, but schools should always make a back-up of their current and past work to an external device before upgrading. The new version makes improvements to print options as well as the useful ‘Year 1 Continuation Mode’, enabling the software to be used by Year 1 colleagues as a means of updating the assessment picture for children who continue to be assessed in relation to EYFS profile into Year 1.
The Communication Trust’s booklet Small Talk, produced with the support of BT, is aimed at parents and provides information about what helps children up to the age of five learn to talk and listen. It explores whether they are on the right developmental track and what to do if parents have concerns about their child’s language development. The later stages of the booklet encourage the use of board games to help children listen and learn to take turns…not to mention the wealth of mathematics skills they will immerse themselves in along the way!
Listen Up: It's not just talking is one of many free resources being developed by Hello, the 2011 national year of communication campaign to increase understanding of how important it is for children to develop good communication skills. The resources include a card game with fun activities and advice on how parents can use the resource.
As ever, the latest editions of the NCETM Primary Magazine are packed with inspiration and ideas that can easily be adapted for the early years classroom. Issue 40 features banks and banking, the art of Theo van Doesburg, houses and homes - and we continue with one of the themes of Issue 39, the Vikings.
Seeking your views...again!
Professor Cathy Nutbrown has been asked by the Minister of State for Children and Families, Sarah Teather MP, to conduct an independent review into qualifications in the early education and childcare sector. As a first step in her review, Professor Nutbrown would like to hear the views of parents and families, and all those involved in the delivery of early education and childcare. You can read the consultation document and then respond with your views by 23 December at the latest, when the consultation period closes. Why not encourage colleagues and parents of the children you teach to do the same?
Your views are also being sought on the proposed changes to the ‘Entitlement to Free Early Education and Childcare Sufficiency’. This consultation sets out proposals on the new entitlement for two-year-olds from September 2013, including which children will be eligible. It also includes proposals on the quality and flexibility of the entitlement for two-, three- and four-year-olds. Read the consultation document and respond with your views by 3 February 2012 when the consultation closes.