Every time your child reads or does a piece of work, answers questions or talks about a subject in class, teachers reflect on how this shows their understanding, skills and knowledge in that subject. Staff use this information to plan and support next steps for your child. Staff also use marking to assess what your child can do and next steps, often talking about this with your child 'in the moment'. These are informal approaches to assessment and which contribute to a wider picture of what your child has achieved and attained across the curriculum.
Each term we hold an assessment week where children take part in planned activities, tasks and tests (informal or informal, depending on the child's age) to demonstrate their learning and attainment in reading, writing, maths and science. We use these alongside teacher's professional judgements of children's achievements and attainment to make a decision about whether each child is working at age related expectations, below age related expectations or above age related expectations. This information is entered onto our secure tracking system, iTrack, each term to monitor the progress each child has made that term, across the year and beyond. We also use a Learning Ladders system where appropriate to support teachers in setting targets for the next stages of learning.
We have spent time trialling different assessment material in order to arrive at a whole school system that:
Statutory assessment includes:
We are often asked by prospective parents about the school's attitude to preparing pupils for the SATs. Our answer is that we do enough preparation to enable children to best show their capabilities but not so much that the planned curriculum is interrupted. Typically this might involve Y6 pupils in two lessons per week over 6 to 8 weeks between Spring half-term and the test period in May. Y2 pupils do something similar but only over three or four weeks. This is usually sufficient for children to become familiar with the style of the tests.
There are numerous opportunities to discuss your child's progress:
The headteacher is also available, informally or by appointment, to talk about progress.