Assessment

 

Children’s progress is closely monitored at Danegrove in order that we can provide the best possible opportunities and highest levels of support for all children. All assessment activities aim to ensure that the children are able to make excellent progress in their learning whilst taking into account the needs of individual children.

 

The majority of assessment information is for sharing with pupils in order to aid their understanding of what they need to do to progress. A smaller proportion will be shared with parents.

 

Summative information will be used by the Leadership Team, school governors and subject leaders to analyse how the school is doing and to use as a tool for self evaluation and to set targets for school improvement planning.

 

- Some information will be used as part of teacher performance management.

- Some statutory information will be sent to the Government.

 

Assessment at Danegrove takes three forms:

 

  • Day to Day in-school Formative Assessment

  • In-School summative assessment

  • Nationally Standardised Summative Assessment

 

Here is a useful assessment guide for parents

 

Some key information

 

Foundation Stage profile

 

Children are assessed throughout their Foundation Stage year.  Staff add information to an assessment profile for each child. These are shared at parent consultation meetings. Each child has a Special Writing Book and a sample book of photos and comments of which is available during the year for parents to add to. Across the year pupils are assessed against the Foundation Stage Profile. Scores are reported to parents at the end of the year.

 

Year One phonic check

 

All children in Year 1 will participate in a phonics check. This assessment will be administered by the class teachers. Results are included within the Year 1 end of year report.

 

Year 2 and Y6 National Assessments

 

Children in Year 2 and Year 6 are assessed during May. The results of these assessments are reported annually to the parents.

 

Marking and assessment

 

We aim to provide feedback to children through marking so that they have specific advice about improvements to their work. Children are given time to read and review their work following marking. Children are encouraged to repond to marking and edit their work with purple pen.

 

Here are our Assessment and Marking Policies;

 

The Danegrove Assessment Policy

Marking and Feedback Policy

 

Parent consultations

 

Parents are very welcome in school and we aim to involve them with their children’s education as much as possible. Parent consultation evenings for Foundation Stage to Year 6 take place in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms. In addition to this if you wish to meet with the class teacher please arrange an appointment after school.

 

Reports to parents

 

At the end of each term your child will bring home a report detailing progress and achievements across the curriculum. The report will be based on summative observations by the teaching team and self assessment by your child parents / carers are encouraged to provide feedback to the school.  The Spring term report is the more detailed report one.  The Autumn and Summer Term reports are snapshots.

 

Assessment without Levels

 

The National Curriculum levels have been removed in primary schools. It is up to individual schools to decide what the alternative to levels is but schools cannot continue to use levels to track children’s progress and attainment.

 

What are we doing now at Danegrove School?

 

We are using the new curriculum and teachers are planning for the new objectives

 

  • We have introduced new individual pupil target sheets so that pupils can self assess against the new learning objectives

  • We are moderating with other schools looking at the new year group expectations

  • We are moderating in school using end of year expectations rather than levels

  • We have attended courses about assessment without levels e.g. School Pupil Tracker Online

  • We are using “Tracker Points” on the School Pupil Online Tracker that we use

  • We have had several sessions of Staff Inset with a focus on Assessment without levels

 

Children are assessed one year at a time rather than moving through different levels year on year.

 

Each year group has its own set of learning objectives which the children are taught and assessed against. You can find these learning objectives for each year group on this website if you go to Curriculum.

 

The children will be assessed against these objectives continually across the year by teacher assessment and by test.

 

The children's level of mastery of the curriculum is measured by the use of #,

 

#1 = Emerging

#2 or 2 = Met

#3 = Secure

#4 = Highest level of mastery

 

The following academic year the children will start again with a completely new set of learning objectives.