ASSESSMENT AT ALLEN EDWARDS
How we assess at Allen Edwards
At Allen Edwards Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning. Throughout daily lessons, children are regularly assessed during the lessons so that the teacher knows what the children are able to do and what they need to do. Children’s work is marked according to our school marking policy. The marking is intended to praise the child for what they have achieved as well as tell them their next step of learning. The teacher may give a challenge to see if the child can apply their knowledge in a different context or ask the child to correct or edit their work. This they do often in green and are called the children’s ‘green pen responses’.
From marking teachers have secure knowledge of what each individual child can do and they use this knowledge to give a Teacher Assessment Judgement at the end of each term. To back up the Teacher Assessment Judgement, throughout the term children also sit mini tests in Reading, Writing, Spelling and Grammar and Maths. This not only supports the teacher’s judgement but gets the children prepared for when they need to sit exams at the end of each Key Stage.
English and Maths
Every term children are given an overall judgement based on a variety of assessments that have taken place throughout the term. These include tests and teacher assessments that are judged on teachers knowledge of the child and the work in their books. As a school we have designed criteria for each term which reflects the expectations and areas which children should be demonstrating at different points in the year.
Autumn Term: A child working at the expected level would receive an Emerging Level.
Spring Term: A child working at the expected level would receive a Developing Level.
Summer Term: A child working at the expected level would receive a Secure Level.
Mastery Level is achieved when a child demonstrates the expected level across a range of subjects and contexts.
Over an academic year a child making the expected progress would be expected to make 3 points of progress.
In all other subjects, pupils are assessed termly using a variety of assessment tools. These include mind maps, assessment activities, marking and work in children's books and teacher knowledge from example class discussions, debates, group activities. Children also reflect on their work and self-assess the skills for required for each subject.
Formal tests that we have to participate in according to the Department for Education, is as follows:
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check. This test checks to see if children are able to use their knowledge of letters and sounds to read individual words. Children in Reception and Year 1 do daily phonics so the check is familiar to them and something they usually enjoy doing.
Year 2 and 6 complete tests in Reading, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation and Mathematics and their independent writing is assessed by the teacher and a grade is given.