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13/05/22

Our Rights Respecting Ambassadors have been working with Mrs Vickers and Mr Tom to develop our wildlife area. New bird feeders have been put in place to encourage new wildlife to the space. Thank you to our school community for their kind donations. https://t.co/cl9X8SVYrH

13/05/22

Our Year 6 enjoyed a trip to the bowling alley today as an end of SATs treat. There were some impressive scores from the children and the adults! A well deserved treat after their hard work this week. https://t.co/bGaTWQOqaU

12/05/22

Jasmine, Evelyn and Megan went to for a book design workshop.They demonstrated excellent teamwork and together with the help of a sixth form created a design. They decided to put elements of each other’s original design to make a new one. https://t.co/AzRSC4nTXA

10/05/22

Congratulations to Evelyn in Year 5 who was the winner of the book sculpture competition at Holborough Lakes. The artwork is inspired by the award-winning artist Su Blackwell. Thank you to for this opportunity. Jasmine and Pollyanna were named as our runners up. https://t.co/z3hBb2Yg99

09/05/22

Year 4 have been writing limericks as part of their English sequence. This is Beau reciting the limericks she wrote today. We hope you enjoy them! https://t.co/Nk5YjZNT9L

09/05/22

This morning our Year 6 cohort enjoyed a delicious breakfast before the start of their SATs. We wish them all the best this week and we are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication they have shown. https://t.co/BimOYucIP3

06/05/22

Year 3 and 4 enjoyed a trip to Living Land at Detling. The pupils learnt about food, farming and countryside life. They particularly enjoyed the dancing sheep show. 🐑 🥕 https://t.co/p2wXsMt4Yp

06/05/22

Maisie in Year 5 has worked extremely hard to reach our 'Diamond' standard of presentation. Well done and keep up the hard work. 💎🖊️🌟🌟🌟 https://t.co/jlItMZG2SK

06/05/22

Our first group of Year 5 pupils have started their Bikeability course this morning. They have checked the safety of their bikes and are ready to learn some key skills to keep them safe when riding. https://t.co/6OcS595iwX

06/05/22

Well done to Keiva who took part in a Korfball tournament, representing our county. The team came runners up by just one point against London. 🏅🌟 https://t.co/PsPBHQxa2S

06/05/22

Happy Birthday to Jessie, Nancy, Oliver P, Astrid, Eloise, Rubie and Arish who have recently celebrated their birthday. https://t.co/a1dV5qUC8f

06/05/22

We would love to have a copy of Suzy Orbit Astronaut for our school library.

06/05/22

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It's , and we're celebrating with a galactic ! 🚀🌌🔭🌟 Four lucky winners will receive one of these space-tastic books each. To enter, simply follow , RT and comment below with the book you'd like to win! *Ends 12/5, UK only. https://t.co/Byl4fhpTwx

05/05/22

This morning we had a second scooter pod installed as a winner of the Active Travel prize draw. Thank you to and We're sure the children will make good use of the pod. https://t.co/MkEx0HeemJ

04/05/22

Our children have arrived at the 02 for the Young Voices concert. We hope they have an amazing evening and enjoy performing. https://t.co/LfO5k6BosZ

03/05/22

On Friday, to raise funds for Ukraine, we held a talent show at Holborough Lakes. We had an amazing showcase of talent, which included some singers, musicians and gymnasts. https://t.co/VgUZgij2Bz

03/05/22

Ria in Year 5, finally got to see her ‘Litter Angels’ poster up at McDonalds! Ria was awarded with her own poster and some meal vouchers! She also had the pleasure of meeting Tracey Crouch, who was impressed with all the work the school is doing to support sustainability. https://t.co/TOXbN6mj7j

29/04/22

Alfie and Ashton chose some books to share with their younger siblings. Thank you to and for your kind donations. We hope you enjoy sharing and spending time developing their love of reading. https://t.co/nkTXGUdBOG

29/04/22

Happy Birthday to Nyah, Anwuli, James, Tilly, Hazel, Mila, Javier, Joshua, Max, Saiya and Jessie who have recently celebrated their birthdays. We hope you had a great day. https://t.co/4EYL0DGWLY

29/04/22

After a visit from Holborough Hedgehogs, we are pleased to announce that we have a hedgehog in our house located in our wildlife area. We are running a poster competition to coincide with Hedgehog Awareness Week (1st-7th May) and the winner will be able to name our new resident. https://t.co/8aDDOvofat

27/04/22

Year 1 enjoyed a fabulous day at Tyland Barn pond dipping and hunting for minibeasts. 🐌🦟 https://t.co/Lx6DAaO4qh

22/04/22

As today is National Stephen Lawrence Day, Kaelan from Year 6 delivered an assembly to raise awareness of this important event. The key theme of the assembly was celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion. Kaelan linked this to our own core values. https://t.co/9L4FPkrmfM

22/04/22

Congratulations to Ria, the winner of the VIAT Public Speaking competition. Her speech on 'Adventures' was outstanding and the judges were impressed with the overall standard. Well done to Rohan and Ije who also took part and spoke about 'Dreams' and 'Innovation. https://t.co/ZVU5MoX5P7

06/04/22

Would you like to join our friendly team? We're currently looking for a part-time receptionist and administrator - for full details, please see our website: https://t.co/AlKopGO78E https://t.co/dX7AjD9V4F

01/04/22

Space 2 Be Me offer informal coffee mornings, with an opportunity to meet with other parents and speak to one of their Family Support Officers. Please see the flyers for details. https://t.co/xFCHsidAu8

31/03/22

Panda Class have been writing about dinosaurs. Amelia and Ziyah used fantastic descriptive words including 'meteor' and 'because', well done! https://t.co/t5wnpPzDVq

31/03/22

Meerkat Class have been using recycled materials to create their individual Fair Trade logos. When they are all made they will be pieced together to make an Andy Warhol inspired Pop Art. https://t.co/4Uovdp1nD2

31/03/22

On Tuesday Year 3 and 4 were Romans for the day. They tasted roman style food, made mosaics, learnt Latin, used roman numerals and practiced rituals using the shields they had made. https://t.co/kFYBzHW4ZV

30/03/22

EYFS and KS1 enjoyed the Easter Puppet Show yesterday led by The Family Trust. https://t.co/aQIeILjzTR

29/03/22

The Rocksteady Bands performed an amazing concert to their parents yesterday, well done to everyone who performed! https://t.co/2kaor0no1e

25/03/22

Thank you to our AMAZING PTA who have organised our Mother's Day Secret sale today! The children are having a great time shopping for their mums, step-mums, nans and aunties. https://t.co/XLNJWwsC63

24/03/22

Happy Birthday to Isla, Aisha, Keiva, Alexander, Ava, Charlie, Alexis, Teddie, and Callum who are celebrating their birthdays this week and next week. We hope you have a great day! https://t.co/zM4CqIjYTb

24/03/22

Four of our Rights Respecting Ambassadors are at the Kent Reconnect Hackathon. They are using their passion, skills and expertise to work on finding a solution to help young people better engage with the climate crisis and have more impact when they are taking action. https://t.co/OuXQOWdr9n

24/03/22

Mr Anderson from SST visited us yesterday to lead a Shakespeare Workshop for our Year 5 pupils. They are rehearsing A Midsummer Night's Dream in preparation for their final performance with pupils form other primary schools on Friday! Thank you https://t.co/7PVVo3DbtO

21/03/22

On Friday, pupils from KS2 visited The Lenham School to participate in their Reading Café. They had a great time reading with the students and listening to Philippa Joyner read an extract of her book - Fiery Glen. Thank you https://t.co/vXUbqzJSPb

21/03/22

On Thursday, pupils from Year 5 and 6 participated in a VIAT Netball Match at Teh School of Science and Technology. They displayed excellent teamwork and sportsmanship! Well done! https://t.co/r2lNlaeJGI

18/03/22

Michael from Total Waste Management led an assembly for the children discussing waste management and learning how we can Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. https://t.co/m2CjH26wWr

16/03/22

We hope our families who received complimentary tickets to the Charlton Vs Gillingham match last night had a great time. https://t.co/XCfkfm6aom

15/03/22

Valley Park School Presents 9 - 5 The Musical 29th March - 1st April Please see the link below for details of how to purchase tickets. https://t.co/DZ5ZHE6oXh

15/03/22

Happy Birthday to Arjan, Jack, Lily-Rose and Phoebe who are celebrating their birthdays this week, we hope you have a great day. https://t.co/rxxI83stah

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.  

Asessement in Early Years Foundation Stage 

On entry baseline assessments are carried out in Communication and Language, Literacy and Mathematics (the Reception Baseline Assessment, due to become statutory in 2021).  Any children at risk of not meeting the Early Learning Goals are quickly identified so that appropriate strategies can be put in place.  In order to ensure early identification of language processing and understanding issues, children in Reception may be assessed using Language Link. Any concerns about speech sound production are assessed using Speech Link, and identified programmes are then completed. 

Three times a year a summative assessment is made across all 7 areas of learning. These assessments are based on ongoing observations, assessments and knowledge of the child. At the end of the academic year the pupils in the Early Years will be assessed using the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile which is based on the teacher’s ongoing observations and assessments against the Early Learning Goals.  

Three times a year, each pupil’s development and achievements will be discussed at Pupil Progress Meetings using the data generated from ongoing teacher assessments as well as summative assessment data.

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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