Assessing and Reporting
Informal assessment of the children in the Infants and Juniors takes place on a daily basis throughout the school through questioning, talking and marking children’s work. This form of continuous assessment also means that the children become more involved in assessing their own work and setting their own targets.
We use formal assessment throughout the year in both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two with weekly spelling and tables / mental arithmetic tests where appropriate. From Year One onwards we use year group based assessments in October and February that are based very closely on the curriculum. These tests are used to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of individuals, and help to inform the teachers’planning. The results of these tests are discussed with parents at the forthcoming Parents’ Evening.
At the end of the Summer Term, Year One to Six have group based tests in English and Mathematics and the results of these are conveyed to parents in a written report. The test results provide a very useful starting point for the pupil’s next teacher. During the year the pupils may also be tested in other subjects such as Science or Geography when they come to the end of a topic or module. These are intended to be quite informal and are used by the staff to inform their planning.
We also use standardised tests in reading to assess the children’s progress and monitor that they are reading at the correct level. These are usually administered during October or at the time of entry to the school for new pupils. The NFER standardised tests in English and Maths are taken in Years Two, Four and Six. Years Three and Five take the NFER Verbal and Non-Verbal tests in June. These tests provide the school with valuable data which is used to monitor the children’s progress and attainment. We take these tests in place of the SATS at Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.
Feedback on the children’s progress is discussed at Parents’ Evenings in November and March at which the parents of the Early Years and Infants receive a written Assessment Record. The parents of all the Junior School pupils receive an Assessment Record at February half- term and these can be discussed at the following Parents Evening. All the children receive a written report at the end of the school year. If parents feel they need to discuss their child’s progress with the form teacher at any other time during the year, an appointment can be made to see them.