Assessment and Reporting to Parents
Assessment is an integral part of teaching. It is how teachers gain knowledge of their pupils’ needs, achievements and abilities, enabling planning and delivery of lessons to be effective, therefore raising attainment for every child.
All assessment should:
* Enable individual pupils to make progress in their learning
* Relate to shared learning objectives
* Be underpinned by confidence that every child can improve
* Help all pupils to demonstrate what they know, understand and are able to do
* Motivate children by celebrating their achievements
* Include reliable judgements about how learners are performing, related, where
appropriate, to national standards
* Involve both teacher and pupils reviewing and reflecting upon assessment information
* Provide feedback which leads to pupils recognising the ‘next steps’ in their learning and
how to work towards achieving these
* Enable teachers to plan more effectively
* Provide us with information to evaluate our work, and set appropriate targets at whole school, class and individual pupil levels
* Enable parents to be involved in their child’s progress
Assessment opportunities are constantly taking place in the classroom through discussion, listening and analysis of work. It is important teachers know what children in their class can do and it is also essential that pupils know how well they have done and what their next steps in learning are.
At Wootton Wawen Primary School we:
* Evaluate children’s learning and use this to assist us in medium term and weekly planning;
* Adjust plans, when necessary, to meet the needs of all the pupils:
* Share learning objectives for the lesson with children and make explicit the steps they need to take to achieve this (success criteria);
* Encourage pupils to evaluate their learning against learning objectives;
* Mark work in accordance with the marking policy so children are made aware of their strengths and targets;
* Use an agreed school format to record attainment in reading, writing and maths every half term and for science and foundation subjects every term, and to record relevant comments about pupils’ progress, especially those working below or above the national average.
Reporting to Parents
Parents receive regular updates on their children’s progress at parent consultation meetings held in the Autumn and Spring terms and through written reports at the end of the academic year.
Parents will be informed of their child’s strengths and areas for improvement with clear targets. Teachers will indicate whether children are working at Age Related Expectations or are above or below those expectations. They will also comment on the child’s effort / attitude to learning. Reports will also include a personal statement celebrating the child’s achievements during the year.
New Primary Curriculum
The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum. It became statutory for all primary school (except academies) in September 2014 (except pupils in year 2 and year 6 the new English, mathematics and science programmes of study will be introduced from September 2015.)
The final document was published in September 2013 giving schools less than a year to prepare.
It is now a legal requirement that all schools must publish their school curriculum by subject and academic year online.
* The Primary Curriculum is still divided into two Key Stages: Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6). The core subjects remain as English (76 pages in new document), Mathematics (43 pages) and Science (28 pages). For these three subjects there is very specific guidance in the Programmes of Study about what should be taught in each year group.
* The curriculum is also very specific that pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content.
* Programmes of Study for Foundation Subjects are organised into Key Stages where there is greater flexibility about when topics can be taught (all other subjects account for just 22 pages in the new document). Languages is now a statutory requirement at KS 2. RE continues to be taught using Warwickshire’s Agreed RE Syllabus. Citizenship and Sex and Relationship Education are not statutory until KS 3.
What has changed?
English: Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1). Handwriting – not currently assessed under the national curriculum – is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy. Spoken English has a greater emphasis, with children to be taught debating and presenting skills
Mathematics: higher expectation in all year groups with an emphasis on Number - five-year-olds will be expected to learn to count up to 100 (compared to 20 under the current curriculum) and learn number bonds to 20 (currently up to 10) Simple fractions (1/4 and 1/2) will be taught from KS1, and by the end of primary school, children should be able to convert decimal fractions to simple fractions (e.g. 0.375 = 3/8). By the age of nine, children will be expected to know times tables up to 12x12 (currently 10x10 by the end of primary school).
Science: strong focus on scientific knowledge and language, rather than understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract terms. Evolution will be taught in primary schools for the first time. Non-core subjects like caring for animals will be replaced by topics like the human circulatory system
Computing: replaces Information and Communication Technology (ICT), with a greater focus on programming rather than on operating programs. From age five, children will learn to write and test simple programs, and to organise, store and retrieve data. From seven, they will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet. Internet safety will be taught in primary schools.
Art and Design: less guidance on the progression through skills, More freedom to choose the types of Art and Design to explore and teach. Larger focus at KS2 for the use of sketch books to develop ideas and review and revisit.
Design Technology: little significant changes. Separate section for cooking and nutrition which includes using the basic principles of a healthy diet to prepare dishes at KS1 and using a range of cooking techniques at KS2. Understand seasonality, looking at ingredients and know how they are grown, reared, caught or processed.
Geography: greater emphasis on location knowledge e.g. naming the oceans and continents and the placement of the United Kingdom on the world map at KS1 or countries of the world and cities in the UK at KS2 .Comparison between human and physical geography of an area in the United Kingdom and non-European area at KS1 extending to 3 way comparisons between UK , Europe and North or South America in KS2. Increased challenge in mapping skills development by use of basic compass directions, scales and keys at KS1 to the 8 point compass , O.S. symbols and complex scaling including six figure co-ordinates at KS2. Increased emphasis on geographical vocabulary
History: increased emphasis on chronological sequence. Throughout KS2 there are 9 periods of History to be studied where previously there were 6 .Pre-1066 has a more explicit programme of study although the other periods of time can be taught. Languages: a modern foreign language or ancient language (Latin or Greek) will be mandatory in KS2. Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language
Music: in KS2 children are now expected to use and understand staff and other musical notations and learn about the history of music
PE: competition has a much higher profile than in the previous curriculum (although the skills to be taught are broadly similar). Swimming must be taught in either KS1 or KS2. KS2 pupils must compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
What has the school done to prepare for the changes?
* Staff training given in Spring term by subject leader
* Purchase of new phonics scheme for Lower KS 2 and new reading books (training for Subject Leader and Year 3 teacher)
* Training by subject leader in Big Reading and new Reading Policy
* Big Writing to continue every three weeks with assessment against Ros Wilson framework.
* Staff training given in Spring term by subject leader
* new Calculations Policy written
* our Abacus Maths Scheme was updated free of charge and staff were given passwords to access on-line plans and resources to support them
* teachers from Year 3, 4 and 5 began planning from the new programmes of study in Spring 2014
* initial feed –back from teachers is positive. Although there are gaps in children’s knowledge which means in some topics they are having to teach from lower year group programmes of study
Other curriculum areas:
* training to staff by Curriculum Leader in Spring term
* purchase of Prospectus – a topic based scheme of work
* review of the whole curriculum by Curriculum Leader. In KS 1 only small changes were required but KS 2, where there is a two year rolling programme, required substantial change.
* to ensure adequate coverage of the science programmes of study it was agreed to teach science away from the topics unless it was relevant.
* once a skeleton scheme had been developed based on history, geography or science themes, other subject leaders produced guidance on how their topics fitted in
* class teachers have planned their first term’s topic and are keeping a weekly record of core skills and knowledge covered. These will enable Subject Leaders to oversee their subjects and make adjustments.
* It is going to take at least two years to get everything running smoothly!!
Proposed topic headings:
Autumn Spring Summer
Cherry School Days Poles Apart Flight
Willow London’ Burning Indian Spice Wonder Women
Year 1 2014/15 Autumn Spring Summer
Chestnut All about Me China Meet the Flintstones
Birch Invaders and Settlers Wild Water Rainforests
Sycamore Coventry Blitz Out of this World Healthy Lifestyles
Year 2 2015/16
Chestnut Extreme Survival Tomb Raiders Location, Location
Birch Roman Rule The World’s Kitchen Stratford
Sycamore Greece Lightning Disaster Lights, Camera, Action
Note: teachers may choose to do topics in different terms
* The current system of assessment using levels was removed in September 2014 for all year groups except 2 and 6.
* Schools are free to develop their own assessment system based on the end of key Stage expectations in the Programmes of Study
* However, the school must have an assessment system which enables schools to check what pupils have learned and whether they are on track to meet expectations at the end of the key stage, and to report regularly to parents. It must also measure progress.
* The national curriculum tests and teacher assessment at the end of key stages 1 and 2 will be
reported in levels for the last time in summer 2015, as pupils in Year 2 and Year 6 that year will not
* have been taught the new national curriculum.
* The first new key stage 1 and key stage 2 tests in English, mathematics and science, based on the
new national curriculum, will be sat by pupils for the first time in the summer of 2016.
Assessment is now the whole school focus. Currently we are looking at assessment systems that have already been published. These include: Ros Wilson Criterion scales, Learning Ladders, Passports and i-track.
Sian Gair – October 2014