Foundation Stage & Primary
Student’s attainment and progress is closely monitored at Safa Community School in order to provide the best possible opportunities and highest levels of support for all children. All assessment activities aim to ensure that learners are able to make better than expected progress in their learning whilst taking into account the needs of individual children.
Staff at Safa Community School have worked together to develop an assessment system that takes into account the criteria of the new National Curriculum, whilst providing a greater focus on mastery. Assessment takes into account children’s strengths as well as areas where they need support. It consists mainly of formative strategies and a range recording methods, as detailed below.
We aim to provide valuable feedback to children through marking so that they have specific advice about improvements to their work. Children are given time (DIRT) to read and review their work following marking and reflect regularly on their learning. Children in older year groups are encouraged to self-assess their work and to identify next steps in their learning. This is done with the support of the class teacher.
Parents receive two formal school reports, at the end of Term 1, and the end of the academic year in Term 3.
As part of our learning environment guidelines and our approach to learning, all learning environments should promote and support innovative thinking. The importance of using the digital world as a 5th wall in the classroom is a specific area of focus. Teaching staff should be strategic in how best to utilize the space and resources available to them at SCS. With regards to leadership, they will constantly be looking at innovative designs and equipment that can be used to support the improvement of learning outcomes.
This document breaks down our rationale for assessment within Safa Community School and to set standards and expectations across our school community to ensure consistency and understanding in both the practice and purpose of assessment to ultimately improve teaching and learning.
A brief introduction for why the school chose to use Seesaw Skills to help all staff understand the rationale behind the decision and get behind your approach. By using Seesaw Skills, we assess children so that we can understand where gaps in their knowledge are starting to form. We record this information so that we can use it to inform the lesson planning process.
Teachers complete moderation grids for core subjects by inputting the children assessment results against a scale that is inline with the school’s six point scale. The teachers then make a moderated teacher judgement using a triangulation of evidence for maths, reading, writing, science and Social Studies.
iTrack is used as a summative assessment tool to collect data at 4 different entry points: baseline, end of Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3. After using the moderation grids the children then enter their moderated judgement for each subject against our six point scale which changes depending on the assessment point of the year.
The data is then analysed by year groups, Inclusion and our curriculum team against our 6 point scale which is categorised as Emerging, Expected and Exceeding for the point of year the children are being assessed. This information is then used to inform planning, curriculum modifications and interventions.
Engaging pupils in their own assessment is a core philosophy of the school’s learning approach. The purpose of this approach is to have our pupils be able to articulate what they were ‘learning’ and not just what they were ‘doing’. Feedback and feed forward is a really important part of knowing what you’ve done well at and what you need to do next to succeed.
For our parents, we aim to engage them with their child’s learning through using Seesaw. The purpose of assessment information is to inform planning and to identify children who may need extra support. A summative cohort document will be produced each term for English Reading, English Writing, Maths and Science. This will be based upon the mastery statements for each subject. Judgements will be made based on information from the assessment documents, assessment feedback from the children and teaching teams, observations and work contained in books. The cohort document will contribute to Pupil Progress Analysis meetings and discussions and contribute towards accountability data.
Parents have two ‘planned’ for pupil parent meetings where they meet to discuss their child’s progress and attainment. However, due to SCS open door policies, meetings can be arranged at any time throughout the year. The school constantly works on improving communication and building a partnership, so regular parental engagement activities take place throughout the school year.