"Pupils are proud of their school. Their good behaviour and positive attitudes make a strong contribution to their success."
Ofsted January 2013
Effective assessment provides information to improve teaching and learning. Teachers, children and parents can work together to raise standards because there are thorough, open assessment procedures in place.
On-going teacher assessment is the most effective way of knowing how a child is progressing. From Year 2, we also assess through end-of-year tests, which help to confirm the teacher assessments. This includes the Year 6 'SATS'.
These subjects are assessed by teacher assessment. For example:
- In Reading, teachers will listen to children read (assessing their fluency and ability to cope with new words) and question the children to ensure their understanding and opinions of the text are developing. They will also use other techniques including drama, reading tasks and reading comprehensions.
- In Writing, teachers will consider pupils' written work in books and also their contributions to whole-class and group work. As well as in the Literacy lesson, children write in topic work and therefore teachers are able to assess children's ability to effectively use their writing skills in wider contexts.
- In Maths, teachers can assess skills and knowledge through methods such as marking written work, questioning (especially open-ended questions) and observing practical work.
Teachers plan their lessons, especially in the core subjects, with clear learning objectives based on their detailed knowledge of each child. Through clear differentiation, we ensure that tasks set are appropriate to each child's level of ability.