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Telephone:
01946 372656

Emergency Mobile:
07872 181619

Email:
admin@lowca.cumbria.sch.uk
head@lowca.cumbria.sch.uk

Postal Address:
Lowca Community School,
Lowca,
Whitehaven,
CA28 6QS.

Assessment and feedback to promote learning policy

As of the end of academic year (Sept14-Aug15) pupils statutory test results will no longer be reported to parents in terms of levels.

All pupils will be assessed against a number of end of year expectations which can be found below. These end of year expectations are where the DfE would like each pupil to be at the end of that year group. The school plans to buy in an externally produced test to assess pupils in June, each year.

End of year expectations:

adobeYear 1 expectations  adobeYear 2 expectations

adobeYear 3 expectations  adobeYear 4 expectations

adobeYear 5 expectations  adobeYear 6 expectations

Reporting to parents

These expectations and the child’s progress towards them are discussed termly with parents at the pupil progress meeting and are explained in the end of year report. If we were concerned at any time that a pupil’s progress was not on track we would contact parents and discuss with them homework and school interventions planned to close the gap.

Feedback to pupils

Pupils have these end of year expectations as targets, in class, with them so they can also be involved in the learning journey. Teachers discuss this progress and “learning” i.e. what you couldn’t do, or didn’t know before, but now can do or understand. These are not described as mistakes or something wrong but as the exciting next step, in learning even more!

In the positive comments we make to pupils we endeavour to foster an attitude which sees learning as:

  • Something everyone can do if they try their best
  • A change – as mentioned before something you couldn’t do or didn’t know/understand at the start, but then do know, or master by the end.
  • Something we need to practise or revisit in order to “hard wire” it in our brains forever.
  • A journey which should be embraced and not feared.

In the pupils books teachers make a note of verbal/written feed-back in red pen. This should not be onerous but briefly guide the child to their next step. The child then acts upon the suggested improvements (in green pen in key stage 2). The teachers and children also agree additional codes to use e.g. cf- means capitals and full stops need to be corrected.

House points, stickers, specific praise and certificates are also used to motivate and feed back pupils’ success.

Tracking

All cohorts progress will be discussed on a termly progress as highlighted on the child’s sheet. In orange for Autumn in green for Spring and in Yellow for Summer. Each term the number of expectations achieved are counted and one would expect that if the child were progressing at a good rate their sheet would have a third of the statements coloured in each term. Using their professional and day to day knowledge of the child, as well as the termly tracking sheet, and in discussion with other staff the class teacher will monitor progress and where there are concerns will design an intervention to close the gap.

The school will also use the end of year tests to measure how many of the pupils are meeting their end of year expectations. This data along with book scrutinies and lesson observations will be used to evaluate the teaching and learning within the school for all pupils against National results, and also to compare with specific groups. Specific groups will include Pupil Premium children, LAC pupils, English as a second language, boys/girls and children with a parent in the forces.

EYFS

Ongoing assessment using observations, interactions and directed tasks measure progress of children, in foundation stage, towards the Early learning goals. This information is reported to parents at the end of the reception year.

Statutory external tests

Near the end of year 1 children’s phonic understanding (i.e. of the relationship between letter shapes and the sounds they can make in words) is tested by the phonic test.

At the end of year 2 and 6, pupils this year will do Standard Assessment Tests or SATs.

2016 KS2 assessment dates:

In key stage 2 we have a weekly spelling and mental arithmetic test which helps keep skills sharp as well as tracking progress. At the end of key stage 2, year 6 complete their SATs, in the 2nd week of May.  The children are invited to come in and share breakfast during this week.  Please see the timetable below for more details.

Monday 9th MayTuesday 10th MayWednesday 11th MayThursday 12th May
AMLevels 3-5 English reading testLevels 3-5 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test Levels 3-5 Mental mathematics test. Levels 3-5 Mathematics paper - 1Levels 3-5 Mathematics paper - 2
PMLevel 6 English reading testLevel 6 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test.Level 6 Mathematics papers 1 & 2