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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 reading, writing and maths for each year group. As part of our creative curriculum, staff have collaborated and devised progression grids setting out the expectation of knowledge and skills across each of the foundation subjects. The foundation subjects are Religious Education (RE), science, art and design, computing, Design and Technology (DT), geography, history, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), music, Physical Education (PE) and Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship (PSHE). These will be added to the website soon.

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

3rd Dec - The final word has been penned in our entries to the 100 word creative writing competition titled 'A Wander in the Woods' written in class this week.

1st Dec - Thank you to Rev Felicity for joining us on our Understanding Christianity Day. It was great to hear the super questions and reflections as the children considered the Christmas story.

1st Dec - Christmas has come to Petersfield! Well done to the first Elm class recipient of a card celebrating a success of the day through advent.

27th Nov - Well done to everyone for being super Run Orwell Lap-athon participants. Medals are coming home over the next few days. We are very proud of the children for their participation in the sports activity and the fantastic fundraising.

23rd Nov - Following our Historic England Heritage Schools accreditation, staff were delighted to spend a twilight training session exploring the local area history and geography research completed for us. We look forward to sharing the resulting fantastic resources and projects with the children.

23rd Nov - Ready, Steady, Go! Each class will participate in our Run Orwell sponsored Lapathon challenge during a session this week.

19th Nov - Road safety is always important but it is especially important as the nights are darker. Children shared this week's learning today.

18th Nov - Smile! It is photo day today!

18th Nov - Thanks to Rowan class for leading our first ever virtual class assembly. What a triumph! Parent and pupil feedback agrees! Rowan class agree 'I really enjoyed the kennings poem and holding up the words. I enjoyed the square number song. I loved the cardio drumming as it was different.'

13th Nov - We are pleased to have raised £124.65 today, thanks to our non uniform day for Children In Need.

11th Nov - The decorated stones provided a focus for reflection today as we raised £73.50 with our Remembrance collection before our two minutes silence.

9th Nov - The nurses administering the flu vaccination were very impressed with our pupils today. We also had 100 percent attendance and administration of the vaccine for those booked to have it. Well done everyone!

5th Nov - Thank you to all the parents who joined us virtually for the Headteacher Awards. We are very proud of the children and enjoyed hearing about their great attitude to learning resulting in success.

3rd Nov - Welcome back to Autumn half term 2. We look forward to seeing you all this morning after the half term holiday. Please do read the 'Welcome back' email sent last night for the latest updates.

2nd Nov - Remote Learning planning featured on today's INSET day agenda.

23rd Oct - School is now closed for the autumn half term holiday. We look forward to welcoming pupils and parents back to school on Tuesday 3rd November after the INSET day. Happy holidays!

21st Oct - Today we are pleased to feature in the Cambridge Independent Newspaper with photos and an explanation about our positive mental health curriculum.

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