Our day-to-day assessment helps to inform and improve future teaching and learning. The gathering of day-to-day assessment information, while often informal, can be unrecorded or quickly noted to support and guide longer-term assessments. The marking and assessment of written work is viewed as a crucial part of this process. (See Marking for Learning Policy) Brief lesson evaluations are recorded by teachers to help them plan lessons which responds to the needs of children.
Our longer-term assessments involve children in their own learning and allow teachers to track the progress of each individual pupil. Each term the school holds an “Assessment Week” and “Feedback Week”.
Assessment Week (October / February/ May)
During Assessment Week, brief review activities that draw upon what has been taught previously take place. These assess what aspects of Mathematics, English or “Basic Skills” might need revision or what might need re-teaching quickly and guide future planning.
Assessments provide the opportunity for the pupils to have their writing, reading and maths assessed. Reading, spelling age, high frequency words and letter/sound assessments are also completed.
We stress to the children that these assessments are to make us better teachers and to help us plan relevant lessons, not to ‘test’ them for the sake of it!
Assessment results – achievements, progress and targets for future learning are shared with pupils during ‘Feedback Week’ and parents at the subsequent Parents’ Evening.
During Feedback Week the pupils are encouraged to reflect on how they learn, to understand where they are in their learning, where they need to go and how best to get there.
For further information see the Assessment policy in the Policies section of the website.