Assessment is the way in which we keep track of what pupils have learnt and the progress they have made. At Surrey Square, the teachers continuously assess the pupils enabling them to plan for each pupil’s next steps. Effective assessment influences the motivation and self-esteem of pupils which has a positive impact on learning.
Children at Surrey Square are encouraged to reflect and evaluate their own learning and also to support and evaluate each other’s learning, this is called self/peer assessment and will vary according to the age and stage of the pupils.
Assessment at Surrey Square takes place at three levels:
• Ongoing assessment – These assessments take place in every lesson through questioning and discussion with the pupils, and marking of their work. After each Math’s lesson pupils are re grouped if necessary to ensure that they receive the correct amount of support and challenge. In all other subject areas, groupings are flexible, according to pupil's needs.
• Medium-term assessment – At the end of each half term, an assessment of children’s progress in all subjects take place. This is in the form of ‘Teacher Assessments’, where the teacher is making a judgement based on consistency of work in lessons and a test.
• Long-term assessment – During the Summer term each year, pupils in Year 2 take part in the Standard Assessment Tests and Tasks (SATs) in reading, writing and maths. In Year 6, pupils take part in the Standard Assessment Tests in reading, maths and spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG).
• Children in the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) are assessed against areas of the curriculum using Foundation Stage Profile.
Reporting to Parents
At Surrey Square we are proud to work in partnership with all our parents. We encourage them to be actively involved in their children’s learning. We enable this to happen by:
• Holding a Termly Learning Conference (TLC) with each parent and their child in the Autumn and Spring terms. The TLC is for teachers to discuss with parents their child’s progress and targets for the following term. Parents are given opportunities to look through their child’s work, discuss their progress and ways to support their child at home. At the end of the academic year, in the Summer term, parents receive a written report about their child’s progress in all subject areas.
• Encouraging parents of children with Special Educational Needs to meet with the SENDCO and attend annual reviews.
• Teachers being available for meetings by appointment at a mutually convenient time.
• Holding whole school parent workshops and briefings to disseminate information regarding educational topics, changes in school practice and curriculum updates.