At Two Mile Hill, we ensure that every child is encouraged and supported to become the best learner they can be. It is important that, as class teachers and teaching assistants, we understand where every child is in their learning. Therefore, we regularly check what your child understands and what they can do independently. From this, we can plan personalised next-steps and appropriate support.
We are continually assessing your child in many different ways. One way that we monitor your child is 'informal' assessment. Informal Assessment is when the teacher will give verbal feedback during a lesson or when listening to your child read etc. Another way, Formal Assessment, is where a teacher will analyse independent work (written work, photos, tests or observations). A combination of both formal and informal evidence will inform the teacher's decision about your child's ability. Class teachers use all of the evidence collected to carefully plan the next-steps in learning for each individual child.
As the curriculum has changed, so has the way we monitor assessment. We no longer assess children against levels and we now look at whether he/she is working at the band appropriate for their age. This is known as Age Related Expectations (ARE). In order to determine this, we look at a detailed assessment criteria. We recognise that all children have different needs and learn at a different rate; some children may be working above or below their ARE band and will be supported accordingly. This information will be shared with you twice a year at our Family Learning Conferences.
If your child is not yet on track to meeting their ARE, we will tell you what support is being offered in school to help your child catch up. Children that are on track and exceeding ARE, are challenged and given opportunities to deepen their understanding further.
Year 2 and Year 6 children will continue to have SAT testing in the Summer Term.