The progress of each pupil is carefully checked at frequent intervals to make sure that no-one falls behind.
The children are assessed regularly throughout their Reception year. The learning objectives are based on the Early Learning Goals from the six areas of learning in the foundation stage; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication, Language and Literacy, Mathematical Development, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Physical Development and Creative Development. Assessments are made by the Class Teacher and Teaching Assistants through observation, practical work, written work and one-to-one assessments. Parents and carers play an important role in contributing to this process.
We are committed to ensuring that every child fulfils their potential. To enable this to happen, children are continually assessed. Assessments in the classroom are both summative, for example, an end of topic assessment and formative. Formative assessment takes place on a day-to-day basis by class teachers and helps them to plan what needs to be incorporated in their teaching to move the children forward in their learning. ‘Next Steps’ are shared with the children through verbal feed-back and marking and with parents through reports and during parents evenings.
Teachers assess the children against the National Curriculum Year Group expectations. Our tracking system and pupil progress meetings ensure that children are on track and informs our teachers and SENCo/SEND lead teacher, of any extra support a child may need, whether academic or pastoral.
Pupils take the Phonics Screening Check at the end of Year 1. At the end of Year 2 and Year 6, all children are assessed using Standard Assessment Tasks (SATS). All these assessments are shared with parents and carers.
Reporting to Parents
We encourage an Open Door policy and, as such, informal parent-teacher interaction can be maintained easily on a daily basis if necessary. Parents and carers are welcome to come into school to discuss matters relating to their children or the life of the school. If a longer meeting is needed, if possible, an appointment should be made with the Class Teacher in the first instance. Appointments to meet with the Headteacher can also be made to discuss any worries or concerns.
Our SENCo/SEND lead teacher, Miss Patchett, also arranges termly meetings with parents of children who are receiving extra help and support with their learning.
All parents will receive written progress reports in the Autumn and Spring term, in the week before parents evening. This gives parents the opportunity to ask for clarification about any points raised on the reports. In the Summer term, a compressive written report, detailing each child’s progress and performance with regard to the National Curriculum will be sent home .