Springfield Infant School and Nursery

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We use the online tool Tapestry in the Early Years to assess against the following criteria:



  • Children know that the environment and living things are influenced by human activity. They can describe some actions, which people in their own community do, that help to maintain the area they live in. They know the properties of some materials and can suggest some of the purposes they are used for. They are familiar with basic scientific concepts such as floating, sinking, experimentation.


  • Children know about similarities and differences in relation to objects, materials and living things.
  • They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

40-60+ months

  • Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change

30-50 months

  • Comments and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place where they live or the natural world.
  • Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects.
  • Talks about why things happen and how things work.
  • Developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time.
  • Shows care and concern for living things and the environment

22-36 months

  • Notices detailed features of objects in their environment

We use the online tool Pupil Asset to record progress against the following criteria at the end of each topic:

KS1 Pupil asset assessments