Assessment at Wycliffe C of E Primary School.
Our starting point for assessment is the National Curriculum and from this we assess children’s progress and attainment using a system called EAZMAG. This system allows us to highlight areas of strength and weakness and plan our lessons accordingly. This system is used across BDAT and helps target specific areas for improvement allowing us to ensure that every teacher knows how to meet the needs of every child in their class. Wycliffe also attends regular moderation meetings organised by BDAT for Writing and Maths to ensure a robust system of assessment is in place across school. We use Alison Philipson Literacy resources to plan and assess our writing throughout school and show the progress in writing across the year groups on our Writing Wall.
Our curriculum plans have been designed to link subjects together in a meaningful and relevant way. We are aiming for children to have a secure and deep understanding of learning objectives in the curriculum so we will take every opportunity to extend and reinforce understanding and not simply teach objectives in isolation. We are focussing our curriculum development plans on building a strong emphasis on the skills which should be taught to develop pupils understanding across the foundation subjects; staff will plan where these skills will be taught and then consolidated throughout the curriculum. This will help pupils make links between curriculum areas and help them to learn through meaningful experiences. Staff will then assess pupils against the ability to apply these skills in their learning. Senior leaders will moderate children’s work to ensure statements are being assessed in a consistent way between classes.
A key role for assessment is to keep parents informed. We hold two parent/teacher consultation evenings each year and a further opportunity at the end of the summer term for parents to discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher. This means every parent gets to spend a total of 20-30 minutes with their child’s teacher throughout the year (with their child being present if the parent chooses) to discuss progress and next steps. We also encourage parents to visit on our topic open mornings each term to see their child’s project work.