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Linking Montessori activities to EYFS Development Matters Statements

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This tutorial will take you through how you can link Montessori activities to Development Matters Statements.


Linking Montessori to EYFS




(1) When you select a refinement for a Montessori activity in an observation, (2) a small 'link icon' Link.jpgwill appear next to the Info%20icon.jpg icon which displays the descriptor of the activity. Note: A Montessori refinement must be selected and the EYFS picker must be enabled in the control panel for the EYFS link to appear.


(2) When you click on the link icon Link.jpg, a new box containing the EYFS links for that particular activity will pop up.


Selecting the statements


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(1) The links will be broken down by Area, Aspect, Age Band and Statement. A Red%20diamond.jpg next to an age band indicates that a suggestion exists. This may appear next to multiple age bands within the same aspect and you can only select ONE age band per aspect. Use your judgement to select the most appropriate age band and statement. (If not, then the age band that appears on the screen will be the statement selected by default).


(2) A Blue%20diamond.jpg next to an age band indicates the band that is currently selected for your observation.


If an age band and refinement has been manually selected from the EYFS picker before you select EYFS links from the Montessori picker (see image below 1 and 2), this age band and refinement will appear with the blue diamond next to it 3. But you still have the option to view the red diamonds next to the age bands 4, that have been pre-selected on the Montessori picker to decide whether you'd prefer to keep your selection or choose from the suggestions.




If none or only some of the statements are applicable to your observation, you can do the following:


a ) Select an age band and refinement (no statement) for that aspect as required.

b ) Select 'Not Assessed' for the age band/s / statement/s that do not apply (you can then add your own age bands and statements from the EYFS picker as you normally would for any observation).

c ) Leave the age band that is applicable ticked and mark the age band that is not applicable as 'Not Assessed'/untick the statement.






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(3) You then have the option to add a refinement (Emerging, Developing, Secure) as required.


(4) After looking over the pre-selected age bands/statements and amending them as required, you can click on 'Update EYFS' and the statement/s will be automatically selected in the EYFS picker.


(5) Clicking 'Cancel', removes any changes made on the pop up box and will not update the EYFS at all.


(6) By clicking on the 'More info' link the below message will appear.




It is important to take note of the above message as by selecting age bands that may not be appropriate for the child/children linked to the observation, it may result in the child/children appearing above/below age related expectations.


Selected statements that have been suggested by Tapestry will contribute to the EYFS snapshot and analysis screens available on Tapestry.


You will soon be able view which particular Montessori observations have contributed towards a EYFS assessment on a 'Montessori Summative Assessment' screen (available via the Snapshots tab).


Here is an example of how the observation will appear once complete.





(1) Title of your Observation.


(2) Photos/Images from your Observation.


(3) Notes from your Observation.


(4) The descriptor of the Montessori activity (can be included/not included according to your preference).


(5) The EYFS Development Matters statements linked to the activity.


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