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Assessment

The new National Curriculum was introduced in September 2014.

Teaching Staff and Subject Leaders at Petersfield continue to work hard to ensure our children continue to have the all round education & learning experiences which we pride ourselves on, whilst meeting the demands of the new requirements.

Instrumental in this is Assessment. We strongly believe that assessment provides information to improve teaching and learning.

As well as the new Curriculum, the Government has changed the way schools report children’s progress. At Petersfield, in line with Government policy, we have moved away from levels. Teachers are now assess children against a set of expectations for the end of each year group. Staff use a variety of classroom methods to measure progress and attainment. Please read our Assessment policy (or summary leaflet) for more information.

Previously, we worked in levels and this information was reported to you at the end of each academic year. Specific levels were considered benchmarks for each year group e.g. at the end of Year 2, children were expected to be a 2b and at the end of year 6 National Expectation with a level 4b.

National Expectation is that pupils should be secure in their Age Related (Year groups) expectation by the end of the school year. Progress through the expectations is defined as 'Emerging, Developing, Secure'. This information is reported to parents throughout the year through Teacher consultation evenings and an annual report. It will detail if your child is below, at or above the National Age Related Expectations.

ARE Leaflets

Below are 7 leaflets which explain what the end of year Age Related Expectations (ARE) are for each year group.

At Autumn term Teacher Consultations, during Parents' Evenings, parents are offered a ten minute slot to discuss their child’s progress and attainment.

Teachers will record 'developing', 'usually', or 'almost always' against the expected learning behaviours:

  • Understanding and follows the school rules
  • Manages and expressed his/her own feelings well
  • Listens attentively
  • Is not easily distracted
  • Works well independently
  • Works well with other children
  • Takes responsibility for personal learning
  • Tries his/her best
  • Keeps trying even when tasks are difficult
  • Presents work carefully
  • Uses previous knowledge when learning
  • Homework is completed to his/her ability

Attendance will be identified as:

100% Expected
Below 96% - this needs to improve as this impacts on learning
Below 92% - this must improve as this has a high impact on learning

Pupil effort will be identified as ‘developing’, ‘good’ or ‘excellent’.

Next steps will be identified for reading, writing and maths.

Staff, pupils and parents will be asked to contribute to this record of pupil progress.

Additional key points from the discussions you have will be noted on the record and you will be asked to sign this. A copy will be sent home.

Progress

At the October Teacher Consultations, the report will indicate where pupils are on track to meet the ARE or where additional support is being provided. The Spring Parents’ Evening and the summer report contain information about your child’s attainment and progress. Pupil progress is measured from the previous summer’s attainment of AREs and will be discussed with parents/carers at consultations.

Formal Assessments

Early Years: Teachers use a combination of the Early Years profile and the new baseline assessment to measure pupil progress. The profile will provide valuable information against the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) and the characteristics of their learning. Children are expected to achieve a Good Level of Development (GLD) by the end of the year, and this involves meeting expectations in personal, social and emotional development; communication & language, and physical development; as well as requirements in reading, writing & maths.

Year 1: Pupils have a Phonics Check during the Summer Term. This will indicate if children have met the required standard.

Year 2 and Year 6: Children will be formally tested and sit a number of papers covering grammar, punctuation and spelling; reading and comprehension and maths and problem solving.

Meeting the needs of all pupils

In line with the new Government provision for pupils with SEN, pupils who were formally Statemented (now an Education and Health Care Plan) and those who were School Action Plus - i.e. accessing the support of outside agencies - will continue to have Personalised Learning Plan (PLP) formally an Individual Education Plans (IEP). The needs of pupils who were formally ‘School Action’ are now planned and monitored through the school Provision Map which identifies the support being provided for all pupils with a need for this.

During the first half of the Autumn term, Mrs Penrose (Assessment Lead & SENDCo) and the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) met with all classteachers who drew up the School Provision Map which details the specific needs of pupils and the support provided. This planned additional support can be discussed at Teacher Consultation meetings. Should parents require more time to do this, they can see the class teacher informally on the playground or arrange an appointment through the school office.

During the Autumn term, parents of pupils who are accessing the support of external agencies to support their education will be invited to a PLP meeting to review the previous PLP and discuss the new PLP.

Assessment Leaflets
Information for parents: 2018 Key Stage 1 Tests

Latest News

18th Oct - School is now closed for the Half Term holiday, followed by the INSET training day for staff. School will reopen to pupils, parents and visitors on Tuesday 29th October. Happy Holidays!

18th Oct - The music from the Rock Steady pupils was truely inspirational! It was a fantastic way to end the half term.

18th Oct - We had an amazing Black History Celebration with Hollands' Cup and concert today. The pupils told us about the lives of Stevie Wonder, how Two Tone music started, we heard African drumming, a biography of Sheku Kanneh-Mason and music by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

17th Oct - Thank you to the parents who had their Parents' Evening appointments tonight. We value this dialogue as we plan for next half term and beyond.

17th Oct - A group of year 5 pupils went to Steeple Morden School today to participate in a workshop 'Creating characters for stage and page'. They said: 'It was good to think of our own characters and see how we could use these in our stories'.

17th Oct - As part of their local environment topic, Pine Class went to Wimpole today. 'We looked around the farm and we stroked the horses and ponies. After lunch we went on the adventure playground.'

16th Oct - Some year 6 pupils represented us at the County English Challenge. They won the certificate for knowing the most about David Walliams and Miss Way was proud of how they collaborated. 'They gave us questions about books and punctuation. It was fun because we got to work to together'.

15th Oct - Thanks to all the parents who attended Parents' Evening tonight. It was great to hear about the many successes shared and to continue to work together to support our pupils' next steps in learning.

15th Oct - Well done to the pupils who took part in the football competition today. They said 'The football tournament was great fun. We came 6th out of 12. In one game we won 6-0!'

14th Oct - As part of 'When Cambridgeshire Sings', Pine Class worked with an award winning folk band called the Young 'Uns to create, write and produce a song based on our local area. This will be published here once the editing process is complete!

11th Oct - Yew class held their cake sale today, raising funds for FOPS. Many delicious cakes were made, bought and eaten!

11th Oct - In assembly we discussed mental health, what it means and how we can keep ourselves mentally healthy as well as physically healthy.

11th Oct - Governors met the School Council today and talked to them about safeguarding, their views on the curriculum and what it is like to be a child at our school.

9th Oct - Our Running Track is finished and the children are so keen to run and to have the field back in use again tomorrow!

7th Oct - Thank you to the family members who joined our new EYFS pupils for the second of our family lunch sessions.

7th Oct - The teaching profession needs new recruits so we are delighted to be working with the Faculty of Education, Cambridge again this year. Welcome to our PGCE students!

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