Reports and Assessments

We understand that you are always keen to know what your children are learning in school, how they are progressing and what you can do to help.

Reporting to parents

We aim to keep you as up to date as possible.

There is a curriculum information evening at the start of each year and consultation evenings in the Advent and Lent terms. Written reports are sent home twice per year.

Informal email, telephone and face-to-face meetings through the year, initiated by parents and teachers, support more formal communications.

Assessment

We regularly assess the children to measure progress and to inform next steps. The children are not usually aware that they are being assessed as teachers assess through normal class activities, although we do also administer formal assessment in the form of tests, primarily from Year 3.

Aims of assessment

The aims of assessment are:

  • To clarify pupils' understanding and areas of weakness
  • To plan activities to meet the needs of a pupil
  • To nurture pupils' learning and identify areas for further work
  • To evaluate our own teaching
  • To report progress of achievements to pupils, parents and other staff

Methods of assessment

It is important that judgements focus on the process through which a child has gone, as well as the output attained, when children's work is assessed. Assessment is ongoing and is carried out in a variety of ways:

  • Working with or speaking to pupils - questioning and discussion
  • Observation of practical tasks and pupils working
  • In marking of written and pictorial tasks
  • Testing

Types of assessment

Assessment can be broadly categorised as either formative or summative. Formative assessment is a process of continuous assessment used in mapping out the steps which pupils are following in their learning. Summative assessment considers what a child has achieved at a set moment in time.