Junior School Assessment
Assessment that helps us focus on the gaps - and how to close them
Prior to joining our school, depending on the age of your child, they may be required to complete a small selection of diagnostic tests to help us in placing them in the right class for their needs. Once they’ve joined their class, they will be monitored closely to ensure they are settling well academically and socially. From there, they will be involved in our diagnostic testing. This type of testing provides us with a snapshot of various elements of their learning knowledge to date, so we can tailor our curriculum accordingly. This is an open and shared process, which the children participate in so we can help make their learning visible.
Ongoing assessment so your child can understand and own their success
Student gaps become targets for future learning and the learning cycle begins again.This is the basis of our continuous assessment. Children, at any one time, may be involved in pre, self, peer or post testing. Much of this is student generated and monitored, empowering our children and encouraging them to own their learning success.
We encourage our pupils to understand how they are progressing at any one time in any key learning area, or in a personal learning area, like social interaction. Because this necessarily needs to be a shared, transparent process, parents are also ‘in on the secret’.
Feedback is provided formally (via reports and Parent-Teacher-Student conferences) and informally throughout the year ( through coffee mornings, reading sessions, orientation meetings and class newsletters, for example). We welcome parents into our classrooms as regularly as possible. We encourage our parents to contact their teacher regularly to clarify anything or about any questions of any aspect of your child’s learning and progress.