We use discussion and observational based assessment in both Reception and Year 1 so that a child’s full understanding is captured and assessed accompanied by photographic or work based evidence. Through careful tracking, we monitor children’s learning and provide opportunities for their individual next steps. Using Tapestry as an electronic platform for assessment, parents are able to constantly review and contribute to their child’s learning. We capture children’s interests and approaches to learning through the characteristics of effective learning and provide opportunities for children to make personal progress in all areas of learning. Children demonstrate curiosity and interest in their learning and maintain concentration and attention during a range of learning and play opportunities. Children are keen to share their efforts and achievements with others and develop learning resilience, perseverance and independence. Using children’s first hand experiences as a basis for their understanding we provide a range of resources to support early maths, storytelling, reading, writing, exploration and investigation. We have school aims to strive towards for the summer term to ensure that children are effectively equipped to move on to the next stage of their education.
In Year 2 from September and Year 1 from February, we use termly summative assessments so that we can identify gaps in children’s learning and provide additional teaching or support. Termly pupil progress meetings and parent consultations in all year groups ensure that all children are given the support required to meet their full potential.
At the end of Year 2, teachers use a range of evidence including classwork, work in books and Statutory Assessments (SATs) to make assessment judgements for Maths, Reading, Writing and Science.
Our ambitious curriculum promotes progression both within the academic year and across years so that children are able to consistently develop, refine and make progress with skills. Lesson and book monitoring and high expectations from the senior leadership team and curriculum leaders ensures that all staff at Drake consistently strive to enhance the opportunities and learning of children.