The children’s work and progress is constantly monitored and assessed. The Foundation Stage Profile is used when the children are in Nursery and Reception. In Year 2, when the children are 7 years old, there are more formal assessment arrangements. This Assessment takes 2 forms: Teacher Assessment which is ongoing throughout Key Stage One, and Standard Assessment Tasks (SATs) which take place in the Spring and Summer Terms, assesses children’s progress in English and Maths. The results of Teacher Assessment are reported to parents. Comprehensive assessments of children’s progress are made in each year group. In Year 6, the children are also assessed by SATs and Teacher Assessment which are then reported to parents.
Assessing Pupil Progress in the Curriculum
Pupil’s progress will be assessed against their year group expectations within the curriculum. We closely monitor pupil's progress using an online system called Classroom Monitor. This is updated continuously by staff and those children who are not considered to be making expected progress, given their starting points, would receive the appropriate interventions.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
All children are taught within mixed ability classes and have the same opportunities within the National Curriculum. Some children may need extra help to enable them to take full advantage of this, in which case parents are informed at the very earliest stage, and their advice and support are sought. The parent’s knowledge of their child is considered to be very important, and staff are eager to work in partnership with parents.
Interventions are available to provide extra help when required. This would either be through withdrawal of individuals or small groups of children, for extra practice of skills, or as support given within the class across a range of classroom activities.
If a child is achieving significantly less than other children in the year group, extra advice is sought from a range of professionals within the Local Authority.
All children access quality first teaching with targeted intervention and strategies as required.
Parents are kept fully informed and their views are always welcomed.
Special Notes on the Curriculum
Children are encouraged to take reading books home regularly and a booklet is available for further information on the teaching of reading.
Staff continually assess reading progress and will discuss difficulties with parents where necessary.
The children will be taught Foundation subjects through a topic approach, supported with trips and visits. We seek opportunities to enrich our topics, with artists and visitors who work alongside staff and children to foster creative learning in and outside the classroom.
A library service is offered to all children. Books are exchanged weekly. This service is provided with the aid of voluntary help from parents.
There are also 2 Book Fairs open to parents - one which coincides with World Book Day.
Swimming instruction is given to Year 4 children.
Some use is made of schools television and radio programmes, and DVDs. These provide additional background material for many aspects of the timetable.
All children take home their reading books and benefit from home support with their reading. Children are given regular homework tasks which include reading, spellings, online tasks and times tables.