Assessment at Wycliffe Cof E Primary School. Our starting point for assessment is the National Curriculum. Previously we have broken down the expectations for pupils in English and Maths in each year group into statements and used our own in-house assessment tools. We combined the statements from the National Curriculum with other objectives that we felt were relevant to the needs of our pupils at Wycliffe C of E Primary. Teachers used these statements to plan the learning for children in their classes and recorded achievement against each statement once it had been achieved. From this we were be able to assess whether children were working below, in line with or beyond expectations for their year group.
We are now in the process of moving our assessment systems to Classroom Monitor, which offers a much more tailored and sophisticated analysis of children’s progress towards meeting expectations. We believe that this will make planning much easier as teachers will know exactly what each child has to do to achieve the statements. Therefore a very strong link between planning and assessment should be established. 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. . Staff will moderate children’s work to ensure statements are being assessed in a consistent way between classes. Wycliffe also attends regular moderation meetings organised by our Shipley Learning Partnership for Writing and Maths. 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 offer a weekly drop in for parents to come in and look at their child’s work.