Teachers are constantly assessing, as they ask questions and interact/observe the children learning. We place great store by this style of formative assessment during lessons that supports next steps in learning.
We place great store by mistakes – these are how you learn – and we make much of ‘good mistakes’ in lessons encouraging a resilience and positive attitude to meeting challenges and learning from them. We use a learning line and The Pit to celebrate perseverance and achievement.
Much of our marking is focussed on the ‘next steps’ for each child. Children are strongly encouraged to enter into a daily dialogue with their teacher about how they have found each day’s task.
We also value summative assessments, where the children are tested against national standards. At the ages of 7 and 11 the children do Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) during the Summer Term of Year 2 and Year 6. The results show their achievement in the core subjects as set against national norms.
Children are assessed each half term on learning covered.
At the end of each school year, teachers write a full report on each child. Parents are invited to discuss this report with the teacher. We don’t wait if there are concerns: teachers will always contact parents to share worries – or good news!