Assessment - Measuring Impact of Our Curriculum
The Department for Education Reception Baseline assessment has been introduced in September 2021. This is a short assessment completed with a known adult in our EYFS classroom and is required to provide a baseline on entry to the reception class.
Tapestry, an online learning journal, is used to record the learning and progress of the children in Early Years (Sparrow Class and the Pre-School) both at school and at home.
Formative assessment is completed through the day and "in the moment" during Busy Learning.
Children are more formally assessed each term and progress is tracked using Target Tracker.
All children are assessed at the end of the EYFS stage for the EYFS Profile against the Early Learning Goals. All assessments inform the planning of teaching and learning as children transition into Year 1.
Internal Assessments in KS1 and KS2
Children are assessed informally throughout all lessons by the teachers who use this to adjust their teaching both during the lesson and planning for future lessons. Please see below our Feedback and Marking Policy. This is written for use by teachers but explains our principles and an overview of how we use feedback to move learning on.
Formal Assessments take place each term in Reading, Spellings and Maths. Writing is also formally assessed termly. Progress is tracked internally using Target Tracker and used to inform reports to parents three times a year (see below).
We are currently developing a new system of assessments for our foundation subjects, as part of our ongoing development of our curriculum. These will be used to inform teachers' planning when knowledge and skills are revisited.
Assessment outcomes, both formal and informal, are shared with new teachers as part of transition at the end of each year.
Reporting to Parents
Education is a partnership and we know how important it is to work together with parents to ensure the best possible outcomes for all children. We aim to ensure that parents are as well informed as possible about their child's progress and attainment.
Parent Consultations are held in the Autumn and Spring terms - either in person or remotely online - when parents are able to discuss how well their child is settling in, their attitude to their learning and any concerns they may have. Teachers send home an information sheet prior to the meeting in order to share information on the child's attainment and progress in Reading, Writing and Maths, as well as their effort in these subjects and development of our Ten Learning Skills. We also include ways in which parents can help support their child's learning at home. Attendance and punctuality reports are also sent home and any concerns raised.
At the end of the Summer Term an annual report is sent home to parents with information on progress and attainment in all subjects as well as a final attendance report. There is an opportunity to meet the teacher again if this is needed.
If you are concerned at any point about your child's progress, please do contact the school and either talk to the class teacher or arrange to meet with Mrs Kenzie, Headteacher.
Working with Children with Talent and High Attainers
See below our guidance document on how we support children who are working above expectations for their year group, children who have exceptional knowledge, skills and understanding, and children with talent.
SATS End of Key Stage Asssessments
External End of Key Stage Assessments (SATS) were paused during the pandemic.
Please see link below to the slides from our Parent Information Sessions for KS1 and KS2 SATS.