The DfE want to avoid what has been termed ‘The level race’ where children were encouraged to move through the old National Curriculum levels with a degree of rapidity that meant that their knowledge was potentially insecure. With the new National Curriculum, higher achieving pupils will no longer be moved onto the following year group’s work. Teachers will provide a range of learning opportunities that offer a greater depth and breadth of understanding specific to their year group. They are calling this phase of learning ‘Mastery’. Only exceptional children will move onto working towards the end of year expectations from the year above. Similarly, some children may work towards the expectations from a lower year group.
We have developed an assessment system for English (Reading and Writing), Mathematics, Computing and Science based on the key performance descriptors for the year.
Parents will be told if their child is on track to meet the End of Year Expectations for their current year group. Each term, teachers will decide how much of the programme of study the children have grasped.
In order to define this, the End of Year Expectations have been split into 4 categories:
Emerging – Expectation for the end of the Autumn Term
Developing – Expectation for the end of the Spring Term
Secure – Expectation for the end of the Summer Term
Exceeding – Some children will exceed the age related expectations in various areas of the curriculum
Judgements will largely be made on the basis of work in books and on the ability of children to use what they have learnt independently.
This year, Parent Conferences will replace Parents Evenings. Parents will be invited into school to discuss their child’s progress and attainment in detail. Every child’s parents will be allotted 15 minutes. Teachers will discuss the areas of the curriculum their children are secure in, where the gaps are and what the next steps are. Parents will also be told whether their children are on track to meet end of year expectations.