How we assess learning
INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
In September 2014 a new National Curriculum was introduced. This new curriculum sets out what is to be taught but does not provide a structure for assessing progress.
Here is a parents’ guide to the new National Curriculum Parents Complete Guide to New National Curriculum 2014
For many years we used a system of detailed assessment criteria linked to National Curriculum sub-levels. However, whilst this provided a common structure for us all to plan, assess and monitor attainment and progress, it has not been without its problems.
The introduction of the new National Curriculum gave us the opportunity to develop a system that is better suited to our pupils.
Here is our assessment policy which describes our new system in detail: Heavers and Selsdon Assessment Policy updated JUNE 2015
Each year group has their own blog, where you will see details about what your child is learning in class. The year group blog will be updated regularly. If you would like to find out more about what your child is learning in class, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher.
Nursery and Reception
We follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage which sets out the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five years. You can find information for parents on the Foundation Years website. We use Development Matters to help plan, assess and observe children in order to support their development. At the end of the Reception year we carry out a statutory assessment of all children using the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. The results of this assessment are reported to parents and carers at the end of the year.
We teach phonics using the Sounds Write scheme.
We do plan around topics in Reception and Nursery, and we also follow the children’s interests and develop learning themes from them.
The Nursery and Reception staff are always happy to talk to you about your child’s learning, so if you have any questions please ask. Homework is introduced in Reception which is usually an activity for parents and carers to carry out with their child. Children are also expected to practise phonics and reading every week at home. Children earn merits if their reading diary is regularly updated by their parent or carer.
The Nursery and Reception staff keep detailed profiles of each child which are available for parents and carers to look at during termly Parents Evenings.
At the start of Year 1 we introduce the National Curriculum gradually. This is to give the children a smooth transition into Year 1 with the structure of their day similar to that in Reception. Children are set ambitious targets and are taught in differentiated phonics and maths groups so that they can continue the excellent progress they made in Reception. Here is an overview of what is taught in Year 1.
Homework continues into Year 1 and we continue to expect children to read regularly with an adult at home every week. A letter is sent home every term outlining exactly what the children are learning in class.
At the end of Year 1 children are tested on their phonic knowledge using the statutory Year 1 Phonics Screening Test. The results of this are reported to parents and carers at the end of the year.
We teach phonics using Letters and Sounds.
In Year 2 children follow the National Curriculum. Here is an overview of what is taught in Year 2.
Homework continues in Year 2 and we continue to expect children to read regularly with an adult at home every week. A letter is sent home every term outlining exactly what the children are learning in class.
We teach phonics using Letters and Sounds.
At the end of Year 2 children children are assessed using statutory tests and tasks in reading, writing and maths, along with the teacher’s assessment of their work in class. The results of these assessments are reported to parents and carers at the end of the year as part of their end of year report.
Year 3 to Year 6
In Years 3 to 6 children follow the National Curriculum. Please click below for a yearly overview of what is taught in each year group. Homework becomes more challenging as the children move through the school.
At the end of Year 6 children children are assessed using statutory tests and tasks in reading, writing and maths. The results of these tests are reported to parents and carers at the end of the year with the child’s end of year report.