Our Assessment Approach
Assessment is at the heart of teaching and learning and it provides evidence to guide successful teaching and learning provision. Teacher assessment is ongoing and made throughout your child’s time in school – we believe this to be the most important form of assessment as it helps the teacher to plan work for individual children and make judgements about their progress.
Teachers use a range of assessment strategies which include; Assessment for Learning (AfL), Assessment as Learning (AaL) Assessment of Learning (AoL).,
Assessment for Learning
Teachers use a range of AfL strategies such as: observing, questioning, marking, self and peer assessment. We consistently involve our children in regular feedback on their learning so that they understand what it is that they need to do better . Actively involving children in the review process raises standards and empowers children to become confident learners who know how to learn.
Assessment as Learning
This is any practice where the learner is encouraged to think about the how to improve as well as what needs to be improved
Assessment of Learning
Assessment of Learning occurs at the end of a topic or unit of work, the end of the year or the end of key stage. It provides clear evidence of children’s progress across year groups and accurate information on children’s progress.
Using AfL and AoL teachers are required to form a continuous professional judgement of each child’s progress. This is called Teacher Assessment, it indicates where a child is judged to be consistently working at.
Parents receive an end of year progress report which indicates where their child’s achievement in relation to age related expectations. In addition to our parent/carer Learning Meetings, parents/carers are welcome to make an appointment to see their child’s class teacher at any point in the year to discuss their child’s progress and next steps.
During the Autumn Term of 2016, teachers will carry out an internal baseline assessment.
Phonics Progress Check
In Year 1, children undergo the national phonics progress check. Children are asked to sound out and read 20 words and 20 made-up words. The result of this check are reported to parents and the Department for Education during the Summer Term.
In Year 2, at the end of Key Stage 1, children are assessed against Age Related Expectations (AREs) in reading, writing, maths and science using a range of tests, tasks and teacher judgements. The outcomes of these assessments are reported to the Department for Education and to parents/carers in the Summer Term.
Information from our Y2 SATs meeting for parents