How do we assess pupils' learning?
Knowing where children are at, where they need to go and how they will get there.
These are the underlying principles of our Visible Learning approach to teaching and learning at Fielding. They are important components within our assessment structure, which pupils are very much a part of.
Teacher's at Fielding assess children's learning and how they progress through a clearly planned sequence of learning to acquire skills and the knowledge needed to apply them in a variety of ways.
The principles that underpin our assessment system are:
- Every child can achieve: teachers at Fielding have the mindset, ‘What do I need to do next to enable a child in my class to achieve?’
- Objectives from the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage Profile arel be used as the expectations for all children.
- Pupils will make age appropriate progress from their different starting points – 12 months in 12 months, more for those who need to 'close the gap' to reach age related expectations.
- Teachers are experts at assessment - assessment is effectively used to ensure the correct scaffolding is built into lessons to ensure all children achieve.
Our assessment and reporting system includes:
- Ongoing assessment as by the class teacher throughout each lesson, through questioning, observation and dialogue to inform next steps in teaching
- Children knowing what they are being asked to learn and more importantly, why.
- Children are partners in the learning process, using rubrics and pre/post assessment tasks to know where they are at in the learning journey, where they need to go next and what they need to do to get there.
- Success Criteria are discussed and agreed with or formulated by the children during each lesson, work is then assessed against the success criteria.
- Three way feedback, pupil, peer, teacher with clearly identified next steps – this can be written or verbal feedback.
- Regular pupils’ work scrutiny.
In addition to the above will have two 'formal' assessment points or 'data checkpoints' in the year. These will take place at the beginning of the spring term and at the end of the summer term. We will use NFER tests for reading and mathematics, as these will provide us with a standardised score and detailed gap analysis to tell us how much progress your child is making and if they are on track to meet National Curriculum expectations for their age range. The tests will also to inform our next steps in teaching. We will use teacher assessment for writing, and in Early Years. Children's reading ability will be 'Benchmarked' termly to ensure a good match of reading book to ability.
Children in Years 1, 2 and 6 will continue to sit the statutory assessments in the summer term and Year 4 pupils will sit the new national times table check, again in the summer term.
How we share this information with parents:
- Books home, at least once each term child take home with their English and mathematics books, ready to share their progress with parents. Parents have an opportunity to make comments on this to share with their child and the class teacher.
- Following each 'Data-Snapshot' we will report to parents via an online system. Pupils will be assessed as working 'well below', 'below', 'at', or above expectations for their age. These descriptors will be also used for assessing progress from starting points (end of reception or Year 2).
- Discussions at parent, teacher, consultation meetings in the Autumn and Spring a terms are based on the assessment system in place for each age group.
- Parents also receive an annual report and outcomes of statutory assessments at the end of the Summer Term.
This will look like:
- Autumn 1, meet the teacher parent meetings
- Autumn 2, books sent home
- Spring 1, Y1 -6 NFER tests in maths and reading and parent consultation meetings
- Spring 2, books sent home
- Summer 1, books sent home (statutory assessments, Y2 and 6)
- Summer 2, NFER tests (Y1,3,4,5), annual report to parents
Changes for this academic year only
Due to the COVID-19 school closure, we know that pupils had very different learning experiences during the summer term of 2020. During the autumn term we will have an additional assessment point to check what pupils know and remember. Teaching will then be adapted to enable those who need to, to catch-up from any missed learning.
Statutory Assessments (End of Key Stage)
In addition to the above assessments, pupils also complete the following statutory assessments:
- Reception – Baseline, EYFS profile
- Year 1 (and 2) - Phonics Check
- Year 4 - Multiplication tables check
- Years 2 and 6 - end of Key Stage assessments
Early Years - Nursery & Reception
- The baseline assessment will result in a score that forms part of each child’s baseline profile. By having a good understanding of the child’s abilities when they start school, class teacher's are able to measure each child's progress and plan for next steps in learning.
- The baseline assessment is face-to-face with a mixture of tasks and observational checklists.
- The EYFS profile assessment is carried out in the final term of Reception
- The main purpose of the EYFS profile is to provide a reliable, valid and accurate assessment of individual children at the end of the EYFS.
- Inform parents about their child’s development against the early learning goals (ELGs) and the characteristics of their learning.
- Help year 1 teachers plan an effective, responsive and appropriate curriculum that will meet the needs of each child.
Children in Nursery and Reception are assessed against the Prime and Specific areas of Learning in the EYFS profile, these are recorded on our on-line system, SPTO. Assessments are based on observation of daily activities and events. At the end of Reception for each Early Learning Goal, teachers will judge whether a child is meeting the level of development expected at the end of the Reception year:
- Emerging, not yet reached the expected level of development
- Exceeding, beyond the expected level of development for their age
Phonics Screening Check Year 1
- The Phonics Screening Check demonstrates how well pupils can use the phonics skills they have learned up to the end of Year 1, and to identify those who need extra phonics help.
- The checks consist of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-on-one with a teacher. Non-words (or nonsense words, or pseudo words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child has been taught, but don’t mean anything.
- The 40 words and non-words are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters.
- Pupils will be scored against a national standard, and the main result will be whether or not they fall below, within or above this standard
- Pupils who do not meet the required standard in Year 1 will be re-checked in Year 2.