As a learning-focused school, we are constantly reviewing our assessment process so that it has its highest impact on improving learning. We follow a rigorous assessment process:
K + S = U
Children take part in knowledge quizzes at the beginning and end of a topic to measure progress. Children are given ‘Knowledge Checks’ during lessons to show that they can recall facts and information.
Teachers observe children carry out skills in all subjects. Notes are made on the children’s development of certain skills. The IPC identifies children as ‘beginning’, ‘developing’ or ‘mastering’ skills. Children are given multiple opportunities to practise skills across the curriculum in order to make progress.
This is a much more complex area of assessment. Understanding develops over a period of time. We assess children’s deeper thoughts by using ‘Understanding Checks’ which are questions that require a verbal or written in-depth response. Children are given opportunities to show their understanding through many tasks in the IPC e.g. acting, presenting, debating etc. From our current research into assessment, we have recently introduced ‘Big Questions/Statements’ that are shared at the beginning of a topic. These questions/statements are referred to throughout the topic. Children record their initial, developing and final responses to these questions/statements so that the development of their understanding is recorded.