Assessment Arrangements at St Peter's
We assess all the time. Constant assessment and tackling of misconceptions is central to the planning and teaching of lessons at St Peter's. The children self assess against expectations for the lesson and personal targets.
In addition to ongoing assessments we carry out assessment tasks every half term in core subjects. Tasks are planned for every six weeks and results are shared at pupil progress meetings. Other subjects are usually assessed at the end of topics and modules.
We assess against key performance indicators as set out in the 2014 National Curriculum. We monitor how pupils are doing compared to age related expectations. Children are assessed as to what degree they are working towards, within or at a greater depth of expectations. We provide termly breakdown reports for parents reporting progress in reading, writing and maths.
In Year 1 children complete a phonics screening assessment. They are required to read aloud 40 words to their teacher. The test is repeated, if necessary, in year 2. We will inform you of your child's results and next steps if required.
What if I am concerned?
The above explains our assessment systems which might potentially appear rather formal. Of course, this is only part of the picture. We work alongside pupils supporting them to be the best that they can be. That is our aim and requires personal targets to be set and reviewed all the time. For some pupils, national age related expectations are too difficult or not challenging enough. We cater for these children using individual plans and through adapting our teaching. Communication is paramount. If we have concerns, or if you do, it is important to approach your child's teacher first to discuss targets. We operate an open door policy and are always happy to discuss matters with you. Mrs Davis is our Senco and is in school Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week. In addition to this you can make an appointment to see Mrs Crees (Headteacher) or Mr English (Deputy Head) via the school office.
End of Key Stage Assessment from 2016
In March 2014, the Department for Education (DfE) published an outline of the new assessment and accountability systems for primary schools.
End of KS1 assessments - At the end of KS1 teacher assessment in maths and reading will be informed by externally set, internally marked tests. Writing will also be teacher assessed and teachers' judgements will be informed by an externally set test in grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS).
End of KS2 assessments - At the end of KS2 pupils will continue to sit externally set and marked tests in mathematics, reading and GPS. These will be used for school performance measures from 2016 onwards. In addition to this we carry out teacher assessment in mathematics, reading, writing and science to give a broader picture of children's attainment.