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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 Nov - This week is our 'Walk to School Week'. Do please join us each day at the Chequers to form a pupil, parent and staff 'walking bus' from 8.45am. Thank you.

15th Nov - Staff and governors, met with Angela Lawn from the YMCA to discuss the findings from our staff and pupil wellbeing surveys. We will now work on the actions from the surveys as we continue to improve wellbeing in our school and ensure we all understand why this is so important.

15th Nov - Today we wore odd socks for 'Children in Need' and raised £77.02. In assembly we discussed what charity means and the history of 'Children in Need'.

14th Nov - Our Year 5 and 6 pupils had 'Playleader' training today from County. This training is invaluable as it provides our older pupils with the skills to engage and lead a variety of games with all the children in our school.

14th Nov - Thanks to Croudace for allowing a visit, Ash and Elm class learnt about house building as part of their topic work.

13th Nov - Thanks to FOPS funding, Divergent Drama led workshops on Anti-bullying today.

11th Nov - Congratulations to our netball team who finished 2nd in their first competition!

11th Nov - 'We will remember them'. Year 6 joined the local community to mark the 2 minutes silence today whilst the rest of the school observed the silence in school after 'planting' their poppy sculptures.

10th Nov - Staff and pupils attended the Remembrance Service at the Methodist Church today.

8th - At Headteacher Award Assembly today, we were inspired by the attitude to learning of our pupils. Many of the children received an award for their determination and resilience, displaying the attitude of a growth mindset. Well done!

7th Nov - Mrs Sirett was impressed with the children who attended the Outdoor Orienteering Activity Event. For many it was their first experience of competitions yet they really displayed the spirit of the games!

1st Nov - Wow! Another amazing fireworks display tonight! Our thanks to Steve and his team and all of the FOPS volunteers and staff. We dedicated tonight's fireworks to the memory of Susan Walford.

1st Nov - Using their oracy skills, the children explained to parents, grandparents and peers, the home learning they had undertaken over the half term.

31st Oct - Pupils in Y5 and Y6 enjoyed a dramatic theatre group presentation about keeping our air clean and how we need to look after our environment. 'It was fun, with an important message too'.

29th Oct - We now have three choices on our new lunch menu each day. Happy choosing!

Tuesday 29th Oct - Welcome back to Autumn half term 2! It was great to share the children's excitement as they recounted their half term and to see the busy learning today.

28th Oct - First Aid training for all staff today.

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