E111 – Supporting Learning in Primary Schools - TMA03
Observing and Assessing children
In accordance to the ethical guidelines written by The British Education Research Association (BERA, 2011), the names of the children and school, where used, have been changed in order to maintain confidentiality and anonymity. KU 1.2/KU 1.5
A pen portrait of the child
For this essay I will be using Aaron, the child I used for my last essay “Including all children”.
Aaron is a six year old boy who has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD).
Aaron is a physically big boy for his age with a matching personality.
He has bright blue eyes with red hair which is often the…show more content…
With this in mind, Black and William, (1998) suggests that low attainers do especially well in classrooms where formative assessment is a strong feature. (Black and William, 1998) KU1.1 KU1.2
The Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage sets out detailed formative assessment suggestions. It recommends that all practitioners should:
Make systematic observations and assessments of each child’s achievements, interests and learning styles.
Use these observations and assessments to identify learning priorities and plan relevant and motivating learning experiences for each child.
Match their observations to the expectations of the early learning goals. KU 1.4
Observation one is carried out straight after the lunch time break and is during a 30 minute teacher lead whole class science activity investigating light sources. This links to The National Curriculum under Science, Physical Processes - Light and Sound, (DfES, 2004). KU1.4
The whole class are sitting on the carpet with the teacher (Miss X) with the blinds on the windows down.
There are two hoops, one yellow one red in the middle of the circle along with various items to test for light sources and light reflection.
The children have been put into five attainment based groups, each group has 6 children.
Based on his attainment, Aaron is in group C.
The children have to decide where each item should go, either