Evelyn CommunityPrimary School

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Assessment in the Foundation Stage

Month Band RAG Rating   Score
30 - 50 Red    
30 - 50 Amber Average on entry to Nursery  
30 - 50 Green    
40 - 60 + Red Average on entry to Nursery  
40 - 60 + Amber    
40 - 60 + Green   1
ELG   Expected Level of Development 2
ELG +   Exceeding Level of Development 3


Children are assessed on entry to Nursery, and again in the Spring and Summer Term, this is continued as they enter Reception and as they move into Key Stage One. Children are given a Month Band score, which indicates where they are up to developmentally in the Prime Areas of Learning. 

Children are assessed against Age Related Expectations and monitored to ensure progression is made over the year. There are a set of Early Learning goals you would expect children to achieve at the End of Reception and the Foundation Stage. 

As they leave the Foundation Stage if a child has achieved all the Early Learning Goals, they will be working at an Average Expected Level for their age.

Children in the Foundation Stage are assessed using The EYFS Framework, this explains how and what is taught to support healthy development. 

Children will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are: 

  1. Communication and language; 
  2. Physical development; and 
  3. Personal, social and emotional development. 

As children move through the Foundation stage, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are: 

  1. Literacy
  2. Mathematics
  3. Understanding the world
  4. Expressive arts and design

These 7 areas are used to plan learning and activities. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.