The staff at Meldreth Primary have welcomed the changes in the National Curriculum and see it as an exciting opportunity to review our assessment and reporting systems to create a more holistic approach that makes sense to parents and pupils. We are very clear that the assessment tools that we use need to show children's next steps and allow progress to be tracked across the school and not just at the end of a Key Stage.
The principles that underpin our assessment system are:
In order to be ‘secondary ready’ children need to meet the required end of Key Stage 2 expectations; this is broken down into key outcomes for each curriculum year. We use the National Curriculum objectives to assess outcomes for children at the end of each curriculum year – for example:
Our assessment and reporting system includes:
All of the above will feed into 'Data snap-shots', these will take place at class and subject level three times a year, towards the end of each term.
We track pupils' progress over time, against age-related expectations in each subject area:
We also assess the way pupils apply their learning. This is known as Mastery
Rather than moving onto the next year’s curriculum these children will work on ‘mastering’ their knowledge through the application of skills in different contexts – they will be deepening their learning.
The depth and application of a child’s learning is an important marker of their achievement and progress.
Children in Puffin class are assessed against the Prime and Specific areas of Learning in the EYFS profile.
Assessments will be based on observation of daily activities and events. At the end of their first year in school teachers will judge whether a child is meeting the level of development expected at the end of the Foundation Stage for each Early Learning Goal and this will be reported to parents/carers as:
We use an online portfolio, Tapestry, to share our learning observations with parents and for parents to share those made at home with us. We report termly to parents, following each ‘Data Snap-shot’.
Discussions at parent, teacher, consultation meetings in the Autumn and Spring terms will be based on the assessment system in place for each age group.
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