We believe that assessment provides the basis of informed teaching, helping pupils to overcome difficulties and ensuring that teaching builds upon what has been learned. It is also the means by which pupils understand what they have achieved and what they need to work on.
From September 2015 teachers will be assessing all pupils against end of Key Stage expectations for the new national curriculum. Teachers will decide if children are working towards, have met or have exceeded those expectations. You will receive this information with your child’s end of year report in July. This replaces levels such as 2A or 4A. In the summer of 2016 Year 2 and Year 6 pupils will be assessed using new national tests. The government will be publishing guidelines on these new tests over the coming year.
Our teachers use a range of assessment techniques, most of which are informal and form part of the normal lesson. For instance, teachers may assess pupil’s understanding through careful questioning, talking to children and marking their work. Teachers also use pupil self-assessment techniques such as ‘thumbs up’ or traffic lights.
From time to time teachers may choose to assess pupil’s understanding through small and informal tests. This helps us to identify any gaps in pupils learning that need addressing and also to spot early any children who may be falling behind and need additional support in the coming term. Tests also help us to track pupil progress against the end of key stage expectations.
Teachers are always happy to discuss children’s progress with parents. We have parent-teacher evenings twice a year and reports are sent home at the end of the year. Please contact the school office if you want to arrange an appointment to speak to your child’s teacher at any other time.