At this stage in learning much of a teacher’s assessment is carried out through discussion. In the first clip the child recounts learning undertaken earlier in the session as he takes part in planting a seed.

Recording is informal and usually alongside discussion. In the second clip one of the children is looking at the sequence of growth of one type of plant by laying out the sequence of growth from seed to plant. The teacher is talking to one child to support their understanding of how the plant grows whilst the child can pick up and examine the seeds. The child points to part of the seed he thinks is a leaf. The teacher recognises his uncertainty here and then supports the child by highlighting that the seed becomes a fully grown plant. The child later vocalises what he knows, “It gets bigger, and bigger and bigger and bigger”.

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