Writing the Evaluation

A easy way to start the evaluation is to focus on the aim and identify any statement in the observation that relates to the aim.

To observe Jason's gross motor skills during outdoor play.

Jason puts on his coat and hat. He walks quickly out of the cloakroom and into the school outdoor play area. In this school the reception class children have their own outdoor play area so they can use large equipment safely. Jason has a confident upright posture and moves easily.

He looks towards the climbing frame and sees there is no one there. He runs quickly and lightly on his toes . He laughs as he runs and seems excited. His movement is well co-ordinated and purposeful . He swerves easily to avoid another child who is running towards him. Jason seems to enjoy moving quickly . He reaches the climbing frame and stops moving. He shows good control as he stops suddenly . Jason looks at the climbing frame and starts to climb the bars using alternate feet, placing one foot on each step .

There is no member of staff near the climbing frame. I move nearer to supervise him climbing in case of an accident. Jason grins to me as he reaches the top and easily climbs over the rail on to the slide. He sits down on to the slide and lets go of the sides. He laughs as he slides down. At the bottom he jumps off the slide and runs around to climb up again. He repeats this several times.

After a while, he notices some other children playing with a large ball. He walks towards them and asks if he can join their game. They are in a circle with one child in the centre who is throwing the ball to named children around the circle. Each child in turn tries to catch the ball and throw it back to the child in the centre. It is a game the class had played earlier in the week in PE.

The children nod to agree Jason can play with the ball and make a space for him in the circle. A child named Tom who is in the centre shouts "Jason" and throws the ball to Jason. Jason watches the ball and holds out his arms ready to catch the ball. He catches it easily and laughs as he throws it back to Tom. He shows good ball control as he throws it underarm towards Tom. Tom catches the ball and grins at Jason.

When the class teacher says there is 5 minutes of playtime left, Jason runs towards the climbing frame. He spends the time in climbing and sliding down the climbing frame. This time there are other children using the equipment so Jason has to wait his turn. He smiles and chats to the other children. As playtime ends, Jason is slightly breathless and smiling as he jumps from the slide and runs to join the line of children waiting to go back into school. He waits quietly with the other children until it is his turn to go in.

Focus on the aim and use the observation as evidence for the evaluation.

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