Assessment at Alumwell Junior School
End-of-year expectations for English and Mathematics: how does it work?
At Alumwell Junior School we have chosen to assess our pupils against age-related expectations. The key principles include:
- Looking at the curriculum and agreeing the knowledge and skills pupils should achieve at the end of each year group,
- Assigning grades or descriptors to each level of competency. These form the 'expectations',
- The use of standardised termly tests to determine pupil attainment and progress throughout the year,
- At the end of each term, teachers assess whether pupils have achieved the criteria for them to have met the expectations, and have therefore made sufficient progress from the start of the year.
Teachers will identify pupil’s level of attainment against the knowledge and skills pupils should achieve at the end of each year group using the following descriptors:
Below current year group expectations
Working towards but well below current year group expectations
Working towards current year group expectations
On expected path to achieve the age related expectations
Secure in understanding the age related expectations
Tracking attainment and progress
Throughout the school year teachers assess pupils continuously. Questioning in lessons, observation of pupils, marking and feedback activities are some of the aspects of assessment that occur every day. These are important so that teachers can adapt future lessons to support the needs of their pupils.
We use an assessment tracking system to record and track current attainment and standardised tests to map progress. At set points in the school year, formal assessment activities will take place in order for teachers and senior leaders to discuss in- year progress and attainment. This also allows us to identify weaknesses, provide interventions and adapt the curriculum swiftly to address pupil needs.
End-of-year expectations for Foundation Subjects: how does it work?
At Alumwell Junior School we have taken the National Curriculum and developed ‘Progression Grids’ for the foundation subjects.
On a termly basis grades are attributed to pupils based on whether they are 'working towards', 'meeting' or 'exceeding' expected performance for the year.
Reporting to parents
Pupils attainment and progress is reported formally to parents through an Autumn Term ‘Parents Evening’, a Spring Term ‘Target Day’ and through the Summer Term ‘End of Year Reports’.