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Curriculum. Assessment and Growth Mindset

CURRICULUM

Staff have worked collaboratively to ensure skills progression in each subject throughout our children's primary experience. These skills are taught in subject specific lessons and cross-curricular themes in order to engage and excite pupils about their learning. Themes are selected based on pupil interest and subject leaders oversee planning to ensure full curriculum coverage so that all children have the skills and knowledge needed in preparation for secondary school and beyond.

Please click on your child's class page for details of their learning each half term and to find copies of homework and spelling lists to be learned that term.

We have held parent workshops to share philosophies, policies and methods of teaching in order that parents are supported in helping their child at home. Please click on the links below for presentations and further information.

 

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is ongoing in school. Staff use formative assessment throughout lessons to check that pupils are understanding what is being taught and to adapt and differentiate work so that all children are receiving the correct level of support and challenge in order to drive forwards their learning. During the year pupils are given next steps and targets in their learning, which are shared with parents.

 Please click HERE to read about Life After Levels

Assessment is also summative, when staff grade and report attainment. At the end of each year parents will receive a written report showing where their child has met or exceeded age-related expectations, In May of Year 2 and Year 6 pupils take Standardised attainment Tests (SATs) which are reported nationally.

Assessment Principles

At St Paul’s we recognise that all children are unique.  We celebrate what each child can do, ensuring through accurate assessment, that all children reach their full potential.

 

1. Assessment is at the heart of teaching and learning.
a) Assessment provides evidence to guide teaching and learning.
b) Assessment provides the opportunity for the active involvement of pupils in their own learning.
 
2. Assessment is inclusive
a) Assessment is inclusive of all abilities.
b) Assessment is free from all bias.
 
3. Assessment is honest 
a) Assessment outcomes are conveyed in an open, honest and transparent way to assist pupils with their learning.
b) Assessment judgements are moderated by experienced professionals, within inside and outside school, to ensure their accuracy.
 
4. Assessment is ambitious
a) Assessment places achievement in context against local and national standardised criteria and expected standards.
b) Assessment objectives set high expectations for learners.
 
5. Assessment is appropriate 
a) Conclusions regarding pupil achievement are valid when the assessment method is appropriate (to age, to the task and to the desired feedback information).
b) Assessment should draw on a wide range of evidence to provide a complete picture of pupil achievement.
c) Record keeping should be timely and meaningful to allow pupils, their parents, governors and teachers to plan future learning.
 
6. Assessment is consistent
a) Judgements are formed according to common principles.
b) The results are understandable by third parties.
c) A school’s results are easily comparable with local and national results.
 
7. Assessment outcomes provide meaningful and understandable information for:
a) Pupils in developing their learning.
b) Parents in supporting children with their learning.
c) Teachers’ assessment informs planning.
d) School leaders (including governors) are standards.

 GROWTH MINDSET

 

We actively encourage pupil ownership of learning at St. Paul's. Through regular feedback, self-assessment and pupil conferencing all children are aware of their successes, skills and talents and clear on their next steps and how they can achieve them. No mountain is too high - we believe that all children are capable, though some may take more effort and more time to get there!

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