Curriculum and Assessment
At our school we have developed a curriculum which enables children to develop a love of learning, to make excellent progress and to build firm foundations for their future lives.
We achieve this through careful planning. We take each area of knowledge within the national curriculum and link it with children’s questions and interests. We plan with the children and then make links between subject areas developing a web of learning which is shared with parents. Parents support this learning through regular ‘brain building’ projects and through practice in reading, spelling and maths at home.
Children are given time and structure to learn. This learning encompasses widening vocabulary in all subject areas, developing reasoning, revisiting of concepts.
We consider how well our curriculum is making a difference to children’s learning through assessing what children know before, during and after a project. We find out whether children are developing a love of learning and how well they are progressing and act on what we find out. Learning is truly for life.
‘Assessment for learning’ is at the heart of our practice. Leadership, teaching and assessment are inextricably linked. In essence this means quality first teaching where staff know exactly what each child do and where to take their learning next. Children having a sound understanding of their own learning, knowing how well they are doing and how to improve is in integral part of this.
This is achieved through giving children ongoing feedback and developing peer learning which enables each child to make good progress. This happens in our school through listening carefully to children, through effective questioning, through giving children time to improve and through a continuous focus on quality first teaching.
As a result of this approach children talk with confidence about their learning, about having a growth mind set and about the steps they need to take in order to make progress.
All staff, together with governors, evaluate summative assessment of children’s learning as individuals, groups and cohorts. This includes analysis of data, book trawls, taking to children and learning walks. Moderation across our federation is key as it is more widely with our Wye Valley Learning Network partners. Information is shared with parents via homework tasks, parent meetings and ongoing access to our school’s tracking system.
In summary, assessment at our school is used to enable every child to ‘Be the best they can be.’