The Reception Year is a special time for children and their teachers. This text celebrates the uniqueness of the Reception Year and the unique role of the Reception Teacher. This is a book for those aspiring to be reception teachers, those new to teaching in reception and for those with a love for the reception year.

You as an Auditor of Children's Learning

You as an Auditor of Children's Learning

You as an auditor of children's learning
Shona Lewis Julia Beckreck

In this chapter we will begin to consider:

  • the theory and practice of assessment ‘for’ and ‘of’ learning;
  • setting the context for observation and assessment;
  • the complexities of the assessment process;
  • how to observe and assess and the importance of valuing all perspectives;
  • observation and assessment ‘for’ children.


We see children's development by what they do. They construct their own learning. Yet how do we observe, understand and respond? In this chapter we consider how adult perceptions and beliefs can impact on what we think children can do. The importance of observing children is highlighted and some strategies and tools suggested. We will look at the influence ...

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