Teachers use two complementary forms of assessment; Assessment for Learning (AfL) and Assessment of Learning (AoL).
Teachers use a range of AfL strategies such as: observing, questioning, marking, self and peer assessment. We give our children regular feedback on their learning so that they understand what it is that they need to do better. Research has shown that pupil involvement in the review process raises standards and empowers pupils to take action towards improving their performance.
Assessment of Learning occurs at the end of a topic or unit of work, the end of the year or the end of key stage. Teachers use a written test or task to assess learning.
Using AfL and AoL teachers are required to form a professional judgement of each child's progress three times a year. This is called Teacher Assessment and indicates the level that a child is judged to be consistently working at.
Parents receive a mid-year progress report in February and an end of year mini report card which indicate their child's levels. In addition to our parent consultation evenings parents are welcome to make an appointment to see their child's class teacher at any point in the year to discuss their child's progress.
Phonics Progress Check
In Year 1, children undergo the national phonics progress check. Children are asked to sound out and read 20 words and 20 made-up words. The result of this check are reported to parents and the Department for Education.
In Year 2, at the end of Key Stage 1, children are assessed in reading, writing and maths. The children's levels are reported to the Department for Education and to parents.
In Year 6, at the end of Key Stage 2, children are assessed in reading, grammar and maths using formal written tests. Writing is assessed from a range of the child's written work during the final two terms of the year. The children's levels are reported to the Department for Education and to parents.
Assessment Without Levels
Under the new National Curriculum, National Curriculum levels no longer exist as the government felt that they were confusing to parents. Schools are expected to devise their own methods of assessment and reporting. In recent years, Combe Down has devoted a lot of energy to explaining curriculum levels to parents and using levels to identify next steps for learning for each individual child. Combe Down will continue to use curriculum levels for 2014-2015. From September 2015 there will be a new system of assessment which parents will be informed about nearer the time.
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