Outcomes for ALL learners Formative Assessment and Tracking
We have at Knowsley Village a rigorous assessment system which ensures the children do not fall behind or become ‘stuck.’ If children require intervention to support or challenge this is put into place via the class teacher and/ or the SENCO. The assessment systems also enables the children to be challenged and supported . We share assessments with parents and Governors. We have ongoing formative teacher assessment alongside target setting. We have two parents evenings a year where progress is discussed.On appointment parents are welcome to come and discuss their child’s progress outside of parents evening. Children’s curriculum targets are given to parents so that learning is shared between home and school. At the end of each Key Stage there are tests in which the results are externally published. The Assessment ‘Tests’ at end of Foundation Stage, End of Key Stage 1 and end of Key Stage 2 are reported externally. There is a assessment for Year 1 one phonics, which is reported to parents, which again is a supportive process to track progress.
The Headteacher, SENCO, and Key Stage Phase Leaders monitor progress and assessments.
The school has three Governor Standards Meetings a year. The attainment and progress across the whole school is fully discussed and monitored with Governors of that committee.
The School Development Plan and School Self Evaluation document also monitors outcomes for children.
The government will not publish KS2 school level data for the 2021 to 2022 academic year. The last available public data is from the 2018 to 2019 academic year. It is important to note that the data from that year may no longer reflect current performance.
School Performance Tables
The Department for Education’s (DfE) achievement and attainment tables (AAT) and details of ourschool’s KS2 attainment and progress measures can be found here.
Assessment at KV CP School
English: The programme of study is knowledge based. There is an emphasis on the technical aspects of language. A specific content is provided for spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.
Maths: The main areas of the programme of study are called domains. These are: number, measurement, geometry, statistics, ratio and proportion and algebra.
Science: The National Curriculum for Science aims to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding in the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Scientific enquiry is explored in a range of ways where children are encouraged to ask and answer questions about the world around them. The programmes of study are set out year-by-year for Key Stages 1 and 2 to ensure all children receive full coverage of the curriculum.
Foundation subjects: Art, Religion, History, Geography, P.E., Technology, Computing, Music, foreign language (Spanish for our school) in KS2.
Knowsley Village School follows the National Curriculum with a creative approach as specified in our ‘Curriculum Maestro’ Cornerstones curriculum. (Information on the website). We also teach P.S.H.C.E. (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship education) and Global Education.
Why do we assess?
To enable us to know how each child is performing so that teachers can help individuals improve. To help schools improve outcomes for all children – first at individual level, cohort level, then year group level, then at whole school level.
Our assessment for learning tracking system is PRIMARY PROGRESS for Maths, English and Science and INCERTS for Foundation subjects. Children who are ‘exceeding’ will be given the opportunity add more depth and breadth to their knowledge and have more opportunities to do this through using and applying their skills. We will be continuing with our electronic tracking systems which will clearly show how each pupil is performing against National Curriculum as well as using extra systems for teachers to track progress. All teachers will have data to enable them to summarise and analyse attainment and progress of their pupils and their classes, and use the data to plan learning for every pupil, ensuring they meet or exceed expectations. The Leadership Team will analyse the data across the whole school to ensure pupils are making appropriate progress and all pupils are challenged. Our aim is for each child to reach his/her full potential. We remember that a child’s potential is not fixed at any one time. High expectations are consistent throughout the school. Assessment is not meant to be used as a measure of your child’s ability at school but as a means to improve their ability to learn; their knowledge, their understanding and their skills.
When we talk to you about your child’s progress, either verbally or in written form, we will be assessing against the expectations of his/her year group, ie. a child in Year 4, will be judged against the expectations for the end of the National Curriculum for Year 4. At the heart of all effective practice is a child’s love and thirst for learning. This will be enhanced by assessment without levels system and will be further enhanced by your parental support so that school and home can continue to work together successfully.
Meetings to explain our assessment systems will always be held in the autumn term for parents and parents can speak to their child’s class teacher, phase lead, SENco if they have concerns, or require further information.