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Learning Journey

We value all the learning that takes place in our school, and we know you do to. That is why it is important for us to keep a record of your child’s ‘Learning Journey’ of their time in the Early Years at Randal Cremer. This allows us to:

  • Celebrate special work
  • Make ongoing assessments
  • Monitor progress
  • Keep parents and carers informed of children’s learning

Special Books 

Every child in EYFS has a ‘Special Book.’ These scrapbooks contain children’s best independent work and photos of key learning moments. Your child’s key adult annotates your child’s special book to ensure that you can understand what learning is taking place. The books are accessible to children in the classroom so that they can look at them whenever they want. We also record children’s own ideas in blue pen in the books.









The adults in EYFS update the books over each half term and in the last Parent Reading of term we put out all the Special Books for the children to share with you. If you cannot come to this session that is no problem, you can arrange another time to come and see your child’s Special Book.







Online Observations

What is Learning Ladders?

Learning Ladders is the assessment tracking platform built by teachers for teachers. Get straight to the data you need, when you need it. Easily prepare for inspections, and update parents and other key stakeholders automatically in one connected platform.

In the old days schools would have had a tracking system, online learning journal, parents communications platform and probably used Excel and Word pretty extensively on top of that. Now everything is in one place, with data only being entered once then working hard for you.

Any curriculum framework. Any subjects. Any language.

How do we use Learning Ladders?

In our Early years setting we use Learning Ladders to help assess the children every half term in both Nursery and Reception. The children are assessed across all the 7 areas in EYFS. The 7 areas are:


  • Communication and language.
  • Physical development.
  • Personal, social and emotional development.
  • Understanding the world.
  • Expressive arts and design.


We also use learning ladders for observations. This is where we take pictures of the children completing activities or work either independently, as a whole class or in small groups. We then tick off the areas that the children have completed during that observation. The observations cover all of the 7 areas each term.


This helps the teaching staff to track progress, create a learning journey and also give us evidence, which helps with our termly and end of year assessments.