It’s nearing the end of term 3 here in Western Australia so our thoughts are turning to updating our portfolios with this term’s work. Over the years we have modified our portfolio to make it less time consuming to put together and more informative for parents. We use an A3 plastic sleeve display book to put the children’s work in. It has a pocket on the cover so that we can include a page there. We put a picture of the child on the cover. This helps to identify which child the portfolio belongs to easily and the children love to see their faces on the front (not to mention it looks good!).
The second page of the portfolio includes the school logo and a brief description of what a portfolio is and what it includes. Each term has its own cover page showing the learning focuses covered in that term. This is followed by an overview sheet and then 7-8 portfolio pieces per term. We try to make sure that each term includes a Maths and English piece and that all of the other learning areas are covered in the year.
We used to glue descriptors to each portfolio piece before inserting them into each pocket. This of course was VERY time consuming and as I’d prefer my EA to be actually engaging with the children than spending endless hours on prep we came up with a solution that was still effective but less time consuming. This became our overview sheet. The Early Years Learning Framework outcomes are listed in a column on the left hand side. Next to this is another table with 3 columns. The first column is a title for the portfolio piece, the second EYLF outcomes along with their related learning area and the third is a brief description of what happened in that learning experience. If you’d like a closer look at our overview page for this term you can click on the overview image and it will take you to a download of the overview.