Assessing Development

Assessment Sheets can be downloaded from this section. Scroll down for explanations about the following assessment documents:

  1. The ‘Crescendo’ Ladder
  2. The Development Chart
  3. Basic Questioning Sheets
  4. Advanced Questioning Sheets

 

1. The ‘Crescendo’ Ladder

What is the Ladder?: The ladder explains the different skills that should be developed through the programme. Level 1 is the lowest, level 5 is the highest:slide1

What is a Crescendo?: Crescendo is the Italian word for ‘growing’, and the musical term for ‘getting gradually louder’. This is what a crescendo symbol looks like: Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 06.25.52

Assessment by Topic: Each topic comes with it’s own ladder, which can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page and ‘downloading’ each ladder.

2. The Development Chart

This is a simple assessment sheet to help you track each child’s development throughout the pack. It uses a ‘traffic light’ colour code in order to make tracking simpler. You will need to download and print a sheet for each child (scroll to bottom of the page). You can either ‘tick’ boxes, or add a number from the ‘Crescendo Ladder’ (above).

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3. Basic Questioning

The 3 sheets below consist of basic questions which the teacher can ask the class. These are simple and can be built on according to the levels of the children. There is 1 sheet for the story/songs, 1 for the instruments and 1 for the symbols. You will find examples of other, higher level questions as you explore the lesson content/activities throughout the programme, and in number 4 below. Scroll to the bottom of the page to print these sheets.

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4. Advanced Questioning

The 12 sheets in the table below are advanced questions which the teacher can ask the class. You can pick and choose which you use, depending on the level of the pupils. These sheets have been taken from the Reception programme. They are however still based on the EYFS curriculum, and therefore most will be appropriate for older Nursery pupils. They are also adaptable to a lesser level, should you so wish to to so. There is one sheet for each lesson (bar the consolidation at the end, when you should consolidate using a range of questioning from each lesson).

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Downloadable Sheets: (Make sure these pages are printed landscape!)

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Downloadable Sheets: Crescendo ladders for each topic:

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