The aim of the National Curriculum is for children to become deeply secure in the learning objectives of their year group as opposed to racing through sets of grades and levels. At Meadlands we have embedded this practice with a rigorous and robust assessment procedure.
Senior Leaders work closely with Class Teachers to review the progress and attainment of all our pupils. We have high expectations of our children and set ambitious end of year targets. Throughout the year we work hard to identify children who are not progressing as expected or indeed who may need further challenge, from which we set highly personalised education plans to keep them on track.
For some of our children who have additional needs they may be working with different milestones to their peer group. These children are often supported by a Learning Support Assistant and guided by our SENCo. For our higher achieving children the objective is that they will work with deeper understanding of the targets for their chronological year group. Only very occasionally will a more able child be set work outside of their class curriculum. This is at the headteachers discretion.
We keep parents informed of their child’s progress and attainment during the year through many different activities:
An annual Assessment Night: Q&A with the Headteacher on understanding assessment systems and finding ways to best support your child at home.
Curriculum News: Half termly booklets written by teachers detailing topics, events and key targets in reading, writing and maths for the half term ahead.
Book Looks: On the last Friday of each month parents are invited into school to see their child’s work. This is a chance to review the progress and learning of your child as well as a chance for your child to proudly show off all that they have achieved in the last month!
Class Teacher Meetings: Please feel free to make an appointment with your child’s teacher at any point throughout the year if you would like to discuss their progress. We are happy to meet early morning or after school hours for working parents.
Parent / Teacher Consultation Meetings: These take place before the October and February half term. During these meetings we present parents with a brief written report on the progress and attainment your child has made since the start of the academic year, their end of year target and ways you can support your child to achieve this. We also take this opportunity to discuss your child’s talents, interests and social and emotional wellbeing whilst at school.
Meeting with the SENDCo, Miss Bunker: If at any point we identify that your child is not progressing as well as their peers we may want to offer extra support be that through a booster club or afternoon intervention lessons. If this is the case the SENDCo will contact you to invite you to a meeting so that you are involved in the process of support. Children on the SENDCo register have a longer appointment with the class teacher at the biannual consultation meetings.
End of Year Report: A detailed end of year report is sent home in July.
Language of Assessment. We understand that education jargon can sometimes be confusing and therefore we hope you will find our 'Assessment, a guide for parents' useful. When discussing assessment with parents we will use the following terminology:
Progress - is measured from the start to the end of the academic year and from the end of a Key Stage (Key Stage 1, end of year 2) to the end of the next Key Stage (Key Stage 2, end of year 6).
Attainment – which refers to their current level
Emerging age related expectations - the child is working below their year group.
Expected related expectations - the child is working within their year group.
Exceeding related expectations - the child is deepening their knowledge and skill of year group expectation to a much greater depth.
National Standardised Tests
We publish results of outcomes for specific year groups where either the children complete national tests or where teacher assessment must be made public. Results are shared with parents and published on our school website and newsletter, please refer to our results section for the most up-to-date outcomes:
Reception – The class teacher collects a portfolio of work for the child over a wide range of curriculum areas throughout the year. Once completed in the summer term the teacher then makes a judgement as to whether the child has achieved a ‘Good Level of Development’ (GLD).
Year 1 – The children complete a national phonics test in the summer term.
Year 2 – The children complete national tests (SATs) in reading, writing and mathematics.
Year 6 – The children complete national tests (SATs) in reading, writing, grammar, punctuation and spelling and mathematics.
For further information on curriculum coverage and the outcomes your child is expected to achieve by the end of each year group, please refer to the links below: