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22/05/20

Well done to all of our Learners of the Week! https://t.co/SWrXykFGCz

22/05/20

Happy Birthday to Sophia in Tiger Class, Maisie in Alpaca Class, Sienna in Panda Class and Isaac in Meerkat Class who will all be celebrating this half term. We hope you have a wonderful day! https://t.co/CiN3teDrgG

22/05/20

Riley and Zack in Owl Class have been busy baking some super space creations! They almost look to good to eat!! https://t.co/aBphVsRdwH

22/05/20

There are lots of idea's for scavenger hunts that you could try this half term, please visit our website for more ideas. https://t.co/1AOCumEVvO https://t.co/fljddbXyhD

22/05/20

If you are concerned about a young person’s mental health you can call the Single Point of Access on 0300 1234496. The SPA is there to help explore the difficulties and find the most appropriate response. We are still . https://t.co/uyEbn1lwEN

21/05/20

Erika has fully immersed herself in the world of "Aliens Love Underpants"! https://t.co/RMzUWL0PMg

21/05/20

Oliver drew a map to show where he would go if he could fly - he would visit his grandparents. https://t.co/xi7XSKU3e0

21/05/20

Oliver took his sniffer dog to the pond to investigate a case of mysterious flying frogs on lily pads. https://t.co/ZELGYWOXla

21/05/20

Finn created a fearsome dragon, then devised his own costume. https://t.co/13V4kcUdxR

21/05/20

Theo made a flying robot so he can fly to the jungle and see dinosaurs. https://t.co/2TGpDPwKmM

21/05/20

Panda Class have been exploring the topic of Fantasy Flight, take a look at our twitter posts to see the variety of wonderful learning, well done Pandas!

21/05/20

Aged between 10-16 and need mental health support? Kooth is . Please visit https://t.co/Fggon0CbdG to register for our supportive online community where we have lots of guided support courses and resources for you. https://t.co/z7YHCNIiD4

21/05/20

Jasmine in Meerkat Class performed this brilliant song for National Thank a Teacher Day, thank you Jasmine. https://t.co/pPZ4Z06soX

21/05/20

Aleks in Alpaca Class decorated this wonderful poster for National Thank a Teacher day, thank you Aleks. https://t.co/HWBToRrULp

20/05/20

Some art work from Penguin Class linked to this week's topic on fantasy flight! https://t.co/sswDV8lFl3

20/05/20

Text ‘Kent’ to 85258 for in the moment help if life gets overwhelming and you need immediate support. No fee,no registration or data required-it is silent,free,confidential & anonymous. Here for young people and adults,24/7. https://t.co/B70eRCi7w2

19/05/20

Henry in Year 3 has been sharing his baking efforts with his elderly neighbour who's wife is currently in hospital. He also safely delivered slices to his Nanny and Grandad too. https://t.co/KPtAJ5JCU4

19/05/20

Based on the short film 'Adrift' Harry in Dolphin Class created this poster advertising holidays on a Whale's back! https://t.co/o4olOsQgAZ

19/05/20

Our very own Riley submitted the first entry to the VIAT STEAM competition & it's brilliant! Well done! You can watch his video about how planes fly here - https://t.co/bC8FfXgXVZ And find full details about the competition, and enter yourself, here - https://t.co/v5S1ZXgkvD https://t.co/7TXNKsyYGz

19/05/20

Alex in Owl Class has made this lovely space picture! https://t.co/F9x3GvqR1u

19/05/20

Eloise in Alpaca Class shared the story 'The Paper Dolls' with her family and then made a paper chain of Paper Dolls. https://t.co/QrgzejAW2Y

19/05/20

Faye in Alpaca Class made a fantastic fact file all about flight. https://t.co/EGex6KTVQi

19/05/20

Isla in Alpaca Class made a beautiful airplane. https://t.co/X1Mu5XIoDh

19/05/20

Madison in Meerkat Class has been coding and has made a space - themed thank you for the NHS! https://t.co/jz0WlHxxlX

19/05/20

If your child is aged 4-19 and struggling with their emotional health, you can access support from the Children and Young People’s Counselling Service. Go to https://t.co/mbe1FbUQfQ or call 0300 123 4496 for more info. https://t.co/G8PqGzVoqX

19/05/20

For some inspiration on Random Act of Kindness please click the link below: https://t.co/6Ar6aoVIOZ

18/05/20

Family time online, with David Walliams. https://t.co/XznQjoJNV6

18/05/20

Online safety for kids, with Marvin & Rochelle. https://t.co/SSloSJg1U7

18/05/20

How to stay happy and healthy at home, with Fearne Cotton. https://t.co/tFOJ405oSF

18/05/20

Tech Tips for home schooling, with David Walliams. https://t.co/RyuldEgCwp

18/05/20

This , Moodspark is . They provide mental health support to young people in Kent, and their website is full of useful resources and service information for parents and teachers too: https://t.co/Kc7ZrxF0t4 https://t.co/W7rpZOjTEg

18/05/20

Mental Health Awareness Week https://t.co/PEuJqQCXA9

18/05/20

Please see the link below for information on the 'Ripple Kindness Project' as part of Mental Health Awareness week. https://t.co/GPEe4IPz59

18/05/20

It is Mental Health Awareness Week - Kindness Matters, please click the link below for more information. https://t.co/BZtoz8yiXB

18/05/20

Rohan in Owl Class with his flying machine. https://t.co/3qZ97Pvbs8

15/05/20

Well done to all of our Learners of the Week! https://t.co/sPnxBb83y1

15/05/20

Arjun in Meerkat Class received a thank you letter and certificate from The Royal Marsden Hospital, he recently had a sort out and donated 3 black sacks full of new and nearly new toys to their children ward! https://t.co/fTsu3QtDVz

15/05/20

Books for Topics is a great link to use to access books and reading while libraries, bookshops and classrooms are limited for most children, follow the link below: https://t.co/qvSex4X5XW

15/05/20

With access to libraries, classrooms and bookshops limited for most children, Books for Topics have been busy finding some of the best online story times for children to use freely at home: https://t.co/qvSex4X5XW Have a look! We think they're great! https://t.co/3p1QsZxsVc

Assessment Information

In April 2014 the Department for Education released ‘Assessment Principles’, a document outlining the core values all effective assessment systems should implement, as part of the changes introduced with the 2014 National Curriculum.  As the ‘Government will not impose a single system for ongoing assessment’, it is up to schools to implement a system that can: ‘Give reliable information to parents about how their child, and their child’s school, is performing, help drive improvement for pupils and teachers and make sure the school is keeping up with external best practice and innovation.’

From September 2015, national curriculum levels can no longer be used for statutory assessments. The Commission on Assessment Without Levels was set up to provide advice and support to schools in developing new approaches to their own in-school assessment and to ensure they have information to make informed choices about what might work for their pupils, staff and curriculum. The Commission’s Final Report summarised that levels needed to be removed because ‘too often levels became viewed as thresholds and teaching became focused on getting pupils across the next threshold instead of ensuring they were secure in the knowledge and understanding defined in the programmes of study. Depth and breadth of understanding were sometimes sacrificed in favour of pace. Levels also used a ‘best fit’ model, which meant that a pupil could have serious gaps in their knowledge and understanding, but still be placed within the level. This meant it wasn’t always clear exactly which areas of the curriculum the child was secure in and where the gaps were.’

In developing our own approach to assessment, we have carefully considered the guidance and advice in the Commission’s Final Report, as well as that contained in the Government Response to the report.

Our Philosophy of Assessment

Assessment should have a purpose at every level for everyone involved:

Pupils should be given appropriate feedback on their learning from the formative assessments carried out by class teachers.

Class teachers should be able to use formative assessment to support planning and implementation of a curriculum designed to meet the needs of learners.

Teachers and school leaders should be able to use assessment to help ensure that the pupils who need specified intervention are quickly identified, appropriately supported and monitored so that all can fully achieve their potential.

School leaders should be able to use summative assessment as a tool for monitoring the progress and attainment pupils make, to ensure the school is helping all pupils achieve their potential.

Parents should be able to get a clear and accurate sense of their child’s achievement and progress as well as areas where they can support development.

Governors should be able to use the data to ensure the school is supporting pupils learning effectively.

The schools can provide data for inspection teams to show how children are performing.

Local schools should collaborate to ensure assessment systems are robust through sharing of good practice and regular moderation.

The new National Curriculum has set out clear expectations for what children should achieve by the end of each Key Stage, and for English, Maths and Science, has provided guidance as to when in each phase this content should be covered.  In order to monitor the progress of our pupils towards meeting these expectations, we are using a system called Target Tracker.  

EYFS

In Early Years teachers assess children on entry to Reception using Tapestry.  In the first half of the Autumn term, teaching staff observe the children in a variety of task and play based situations to facilitate assessment judgements to be made against a set of statements.

In Reception children are continuing to be assessed against the Foundation Stage Profile.  Evidence for judgements against each of the statements is collected through observations, books and discussions, and depending on these judgements children may be described as having achieved the ‘Good Level of Development’ measure at the end of the Reception year.  The school engages in regular moderation of these judgements within our pyramid of schools.  The data is recorded on a termly basis on SIMs for monitoring and target setting.

Standardisation and Moderation

Internal moderation of class books is carried out regularly each term.  We take part in moderation meetings within our academy to ensure parity in our judgements and engage in Local Authority moderation processes to confirm our decisions.

Year 1 and Year 2 Phonics Check

In June all Year 1 pupils’ progress in phonics will be assessed.  Each child will be assessed individually by their teacher.  They will be asked to read 20 real and 20 pseudo-words in order to assess their decoding ability.  Any child currently in Year 2 who either did not take the test in Year 1 or did not achieve the pass mark last year will also take the test.

Additional Assessments

In order to inform interventions and specific programmes of support, the schools also use a range of assessments, screens and monitoring tools that can provide valuable information to teachers, senior leaders and parents regarding progress and/or barriers to learning.  Examples of these include:

  • Diagnostic timetables 
  • Reading and spelling ages
  • CAT tests
  • Pixl assessments 

End of Key Stage Assessments

2016 is is the first year that children at the end of both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 will be assessed against the new National Curriculum.  In addition, from 2016, attainment in national curriculum tests will no longer be reported in levels.  Instead, scaled scores will be used.

Scaled scores help test results to be reported consistently from one year to the next. National curriculum tests are designed to be as similar as possible year on year, but slight differences in difficulty will occur between years. Scaled scores maintain their meaning over time so that two pupils achieving the same scaled score in different years will have demonstrated the same attainment.

A scaled score of 100 will always represent the ‘expected standard’.

A pupil’s scaled score will be based on their raw score. The raw score is the total number of marks a pupil receives in a test, based on the number of questions they answered correctly. The pupil’s raw score will be translated into a scaled score using a conversion table.   In KS1, teachers will need to use these to translate pupils’ raw scores into scaled scores to see whether each pupil has met the expected standard. For the 2018 KS2 tests STA will publish test results on the NCA tools website and each pupil will receive a raw score (the number of raw marks awarded), a scaled score and confirmation of whether or not they attained the expected standard.

Key Stage One

For 2018, a new set of KS1 national curriculum tests replaces the previous tests and tasks.

The new tests consist of:

  • English reading Papers 1 and 2
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: spelling and Paper 2: questions, this is optional for schools
  • Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic and Paper 2: reasoning

There is no longer a test or task for English writing.

Most children in Year Two will sit the tests, and they will be administered as part of normal class room practice during May 2018.  Teachers will use the outcomes of the tests along with a broad range of other evidence to inform their teacher assessments.  For 2018 the Interim Teachers Assessment Framework for KS1 and the Interim Pre Key Stage Standards for KS1 are the standards against which teachers will make their assessments.

In reading, writing and maths, depending on a child’s depth of understanding of the KS1 programme of study, they may be assessed as either working towards the expected standard, working at the expected standard or working at greater depth within the expected standard.  Additionally, if a pupil has reached the chronological age where an outcome must be reported but the pupil is deemed not to have completed the Key Stage 1 programme of study, then they may be assessed as working at the foundations for the expected standard.  For science, children may be assessed as either working at the expected standard or working below the expected standard.

Key Stage Two

For 2018, a new set of KS2 national curriculum tests has been introduced consisting of:

  • English reading : reading booklet and associated answer booklet
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: short answer questions
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling
  • mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
  • mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
  • mathematics Paper 3: reasoning

There will only be one set of tests for each subject. The tests will include a small number of questions designed to assess the most able pupils so separate tests, such as the previous level 6 tests, are no longer required.

The mental mathematics test has been replaced with an arithmetic test.

In addition, science sampling tests are taken biennially in a sample of schools selected by the STA.  The STA will contact selected schools early in the spring term. If selected, representatives from the STA administer the tests.

In addition to the outcomes of the tests, teachers will also use a broad range of other evidence to inform their teacher assessments.  For 2018 the Interim Teachers Assessment Framework for KS2 and the Interim Pre Key Stage Standards for KS2 are the standards against which teachers will make their assessments.

For reading, maths and science, depending on a child’s depth of understanding of the KS2 programme of study, they may be teacher assessed as either working at the expected standard or working below the expected standard.  For writing, there is a broader range of possible teacher assessment outcomes as this is the sole measure of pupil attainment in writing at the end of KS2.  For writing, they may be assessed as either working towards the expected standard, working at the expected standard or working at greater depth within the expected standard.  Additionally, if a pupil has reached the chronological age where an outcome must be reported but the pupil is deemed not to have completed the key stage 2 programme of study, then they may be teacher assessed in reading, writing and maths as having achieved either the foundations for the expected standard, early development of the expected standard or growing development of the expected standard.

Reporting to Parents

All parents receive a written report of their child’s progress and attainment in the Summer term.  Where appropriate, this will also include the results of any National Curriculum tests.  In this report, the children’s attainment in the foundation subjects is also detailed in relation to their year group attainment targets, as well as an assessment of the child’s effort in these subjects.  Parents are also offered formal opportunities to discuss their child’s progress and attainment in Parents’ Evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms.

 

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