The New Learning Journey from September 2021
As of September 2021, your child's Learning Journey will look very different to how it looks now! We will no longer be recording daily photos and written observations in a book, but instead your child will have their own Learning Wall. This will record important learning experiences and milestones that your child reaches across a half term and each child will be able to choose what they would like to be added to their own space on the wall. Please send photos and messages of anything special that your child may have achieved at home - these can also be placed on their Learning Wall.
A photograph of your child's Learning Wall will be sent home for you to see at the end of every half term.
We will also be using Tapestry, an easy-to-use and secure online learning journal which helps staff and families celebrate their children’s learning and development. We will be reporting home significant learning steps that your child makes every few weeks to keep you up-to-date with their development. This will help to show you the progress that they are making in all areas of the new EYFS curriculum across each term.
Both of these new initiates will help to allow staff to spend more time with your child, encouraging and nurturing their learning needs and experiences, and less time writing formal observations.
The previous Learning Journey 2020/21
Until the end of the summer term 2021, specific observations about your child's abilities, skills and progress will be recorded in a book called The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (Learning Journey).
Your child's Learning Journey shows their unique learning and development throughout their time spent in Butterflies Class. Over time, it will tell a story about your child – their learning, friends and activities which they enjoy sharing with others.
It is a book that belongs to your child and we actively encourage them and their parents/carers to contribute to by providing photographs, WOW moments and comments from home. Telling us about WOW moments from home such as "trying a new food" or "using the toilet" helps us to form a clearer picture of your child’s development, so that we can plan more effectively to help continue their learning.
Practitioners watch and notice each child at play because it helps us to understand and support their individual well-being and development. We really get to know the children as unique people with special skills, interests and ideas. The more we understand about your child, the better we can support them in the way that is right for them. We do this by taking short and long observations, and record any significant moments we notice in your child’s learning. We then plan ‘Next Steps’ for your child to further develop their skills.
Photographs capture moments and sequences of your child’s activity, their interests and explorations, such as photos of models, role-play or marks they have made. Sometimes we will write down exactly what your child says about the photograph, so that we understand your child’s point of view. This is also an accurate record of language development.