Reporting to Parents – EYFS and KS1
Parents receive a written report on their child’s progress at the end of the school year. In the Michaelmas and Lent terms, parents are invited to a Parents’ Evening to discuss progress and attainment with the Form Teacher. There are also Open Days and ‘Stay and Play’ sessions, where parents are welcome to come and take part in activities with their child and speak to members of staff within the department. If a parent is unduly concerned about any aspect of their child’s education, they should feel free to arrange a mutually convenient appointment with the Form Teacher, in the first instance. At the end of the Trinity term, after reports have been provided, parents are given the opportunity to book an extra optional appointment with the pupils Form Teacher to discuss their progress and attainment.
School and home links – EYFS and KS1
In EYFS and KS1, we like to foster strong links between home and school. At this stage in a pupil’s school career this is often done informally, on a day to day basis, usually by phone, e-mail or speaking with the pupil’s Form Teacher. Most queries can be answered quickly by Form Teachers who are the most important person in your child’s school day and have responsibility for your child’s pastoral care.
Occasionally a more formal conversation may be necessary: then an appointment can easily be made with the Form Teacher or the Head of Primary Pastoral or Teaching and Learning. Please see Primary Reception to arrange a mutually convenient time.
Please note that letters providing information will be sent via KKS and placed on the website. Please ensure that your email address is up-to-date on our system.
Every pupil in KS1 should have a school book bag to carry their reading books and any small items needed to be transported to and from school. School letters requiring a reply will also be placed in book bags. Therefore, it is important that pupils bring their book bag to school every day.
Pupils also have a Pupil Planner, which is for easy communication between home and school. Please write anything in the planner which you wish the Form Teacher to know, and we will use it likewise.
In Reception, the staff plan exciting learning opportunities for the pupils based on the specific areas of learning outlined in the EYFS guidance. At the start of Reception, pupils will all complete a Baseline Assessment in line with the Government guidelines and this progress will be used as a starting point to their learning. Staff constantly observe and assess pupil’s development and progress. Pupils are taught through a combination of whole class sessions, targeted groups activities or on an individual basis personalised to the pupil’s ability. Progress is recorded and evidenced where possible using the Tapestry and next steps are generated for each pupil. This progress towards the Early Learning Goals is then collated in individual pupil Learning Journeys at our termly assessment points.
KS1 tracks progress and assessment data at six points throughout the year.
In KS1 (Year 1 and Year 2), we have developed a comprehensive summative assessment program, conducted on a termly basis throughout the year. Thus enabling us to track and set challenging targets for our learners. The core subjects of English and Mathematics are assessed each half-term and all the data is collected, moderated, analysed and used to set individual pupil/cohort targets. Interventions are then implemented where appropriate and reviewed on a regular basis. In Year 1, Phonics Screening tests are conducted during June.
Effective assessment provides information to improve teaching and learning. We undertake two different but complementary types of assessment: assessment for learning and assessment of learning.
Assessment for learning (formative assessment) involves the use of assessment in the classroom to raise pupil achievement. It is based on the idea that pupils will improve most if they understand the aim of their learning, where they are in relation to this aim, and how they can achieve the aim (in order to close the gap in their knowledge). Assessment of learning (summative assessment) involves judging pupils’ performance against the national standards. We expect standards here to be higher than the national ones, of course. Teachers will make these judgements at appropriate assessment points throughout the year.
Our pupils are formally assessed every half term and are given targets to work towards throughout the academic year. At the end of the school year there are examinations and Year 6 complete the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum Assessments.
There are termly Parents’ Evenings to discuss progress and a formal report is provided at the end of the school year. Parents are welcome to make an appointment, via Primary Reception, with the Head of Primary (Pastoral or Teaching and Learning) or their child’s Form Teacher at any mutually agreeable time should they have any concern or query about any aspect of their child’s education.