Assessment


Assessment

We believe that assessment should be based on skilled and informed observation of children and children’s work to support effective development, learning and teaching.   Teachers provide constructive guidance and feedback to help children to identify how to take their next steps. There are regular informal assessments going on in class to help teachers to see what progress children are making.

Children are taught how to make constructive criticism of their own and others work.  Peer and self-assessment are used as tools in the assessment process. Teachers work with each individual child to set their targets.  Children are aware of the targets they are working on and are supported in this in an appropriate way. Each child has an individual profile folder which contains a record of their progress in each area of the curriculum. It also contains any information about special needs and additional support needed or gifted and talented enrichment. Each child has a Learning Journey which is a pictorial and photographic record of children’s progress and attainment in all areas of the curriculum but especially in those areas with less visible workbooks etc. These continue throughout the school and provide children and parents with a beautiful record of achievement to look back over. We do not enter children for external tests such as SATs. Teachers use in-class tests in Key stage 1 and 2 to check on children’s understanding of key concepts in maths and literacy. A handwriting assessment is given at the beginning and end of each academic year.

Children’s reading age level is assessed at the beginning and end of Year 2 and in Year 3 and beyond if considered necessary.

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Frequently asked questions

What assessment do you do at Annan?

Assessment is based on teacher observation and monitoring of children’s work.

What records do you keep of children's progress?

We have detailed tracking sheets for every child for all the core subjects. There are also records kept on additional support or extension children may be receiving.

How will I know how what progress my child is making?

We hold parents consultations every term but teachers are always happy to make additional appointments to discuss children’s progress whenever needed.  A full report is given to parents in the summer term.

Who sets each child's targets?

Children, teachers are parents are all involved in the target setting for children. In the EYFS this is called a child’s “next steps”.

What is a Learning Journey?

A learning journey is a pictorial and photographic record of a child’s learning over time.  They start in the kindergarten and are added to by the teacher and the child at all stages of their journey through the school.

Do children sit any formal tests?

We do not enter children for formal external tests such as SATs but do give children in Year 6 the experience of sitting a standardised test before moving on to secondary school.

What happens in the Early Years?

When children start in Kindergarten the teachers observe the way each child learns and their attitudes to learning. Each child has a “Key Person” who supports them throughout their time in Kindergarten who keeps detailed observations and notes about their progress and shares these with parents.

How can I access performance results for the school?

As children do not sit standardised tests, all academic achievement is done by teacher assessment. Children are tracked according to whether they are performing “at the expected level” or significantly above or below the level expected for their age group. Information on the percentages at each level for 2015-2016 is available on request.