Teachers use assessment for learning to inform planning on a day to day basis as well as plan the future learning. Formal assessments are used to assess and track the knowledge and skills pupils have gained against expectations in English and Maths. Through our bespoke milestone assessments and tracking system, all subjects are assessed and monitored.
All assessments, both summative and formative, are used to identify children who need challenge or support which is monitored regularly. Pupil outcomes, and therefore quality of the curriculum, is evaluated and adaptations and changes are made accordingly. Summative assessments are completed at least three times each year allowing pupils to demonstrate their growing understanding of their subjects and teachers to assess the impact of their teaching. Our formative assessments are designed to support students in achieving fluency in each subject committing learning to long-term memory through retrieval practice.
We are aware of the role that literacy and vocabulary plays in unlocking the whole curriculum. Our teachers explicitly teach the meaning of subject-specific vocabulary. Knowledge organisers provide students with key information in each subject, enabling them to develop their understanding of key concepts outside of their lessons. We also encourage all pupils to read widely and expose them to archaic texts.