Westmoor Primary School

Learning together through truth, opportunity and celebration.

 

Assessment

 

The children’s work and progress is constantly monitored and assessed. The Foundation Stage Profile is used when the children are in Nursery and Reception. In Year 2, when the children are 7 years old, there are more formal assessment arrangements. This Assessment takes 2 forms: Teacher Assessment which is ongoing throughout Key Stage One, and Standard Assessment Tasks (SATs) which take place in the Spring and Summer Terms, assesses children’s progress in English and Maths. The results of Teacher Assessment are reported to parents, who then have the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher. Comprehensive assessments of children’s progress are made in each year group. Parents have the right of reasonable access to all records in accordance with policy devised by the Governing Body. In Year 6, the children are also assessed by SATs and Teacher Assessment which are then reported to and discussed with parents.

 

Assessing Pupil Progress in the Curriculum

Pupil’s progress will be assessed against their year group expectations within the curriculum.  We closely monitor pupil's progress using an online system called Target Tracker.  This is updated half termly by staff and those children who are not considered to be making expected progress, given their starting points, would receive the appropriate interventions.

 

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

All children are taught within mixed ability classes and have the same opportunities within the National Curriculum. Some children may need extra help to enable them to take full advantage of this, in which case parents are informed at the very earliest stage, and their advice and support are sought. The parent’s knowledge of their child is considered to be very important, and staff are eager to work in partnership with parents.

Interventions are available to provide extra help when required. This would either be through withdrawal of individuals or small groups of children, for extra practice of skills, or as support given within the class across a range of classroom activities.

If a child is achieving significantly less than other children in the year group, extra advice is sought from a range of professionals within the Local Authority including our School Educational Psychologist.

 

All children access quality first teaching with targetted intervention and strategies as required.  Progress is carefully monitored by the inclusion Manager.

 

Parents are kept fully informed and their views are always welcomed.

 

Special Notes on the Curriculum

Children are encouraged to take reading books home regularly and a booklet is available for further information on the teaching of reading.

Staff continually assess reading progress and will discuss difficulties with parents where necessary.

 

The children will be taught Foundation subjects through a topic approach, supported with trips and visits. We seek opportunities to enrich our topics, with artists and visitors who work alongside staff and children to foster creative learning in and outside the classroom.

 

A library service is offered to all children. Books are exchanged weekly. This service is provided with the aid of voluntary help from parents.

There are also 2 Book Fairs open to parents - one during Book Week, the other coincides with World Book Day.

Swimming instruction is given to Y3 and Y4 children at The Lakeside Centre on Tuesday mornings.

 

Some use is made of schools television and radio programmes, videos and DVDs. These provide additional background material for many aspects of the timetable.

 

Homework

All children take home their reading books and benefit from home support with their reading.

In Nursery and Reception, children take home Golden Bags containing Learning Journeys each week on a rotation basis. These include exciting home learning challenges and also a chance to see their development on a regular basis. In KS2 children are given regular homework tasks which include reading, spellings, online tasks and tables. There is a homework policy which provides guidance. Literacy and Maths books are also given on a weekly basis to support the work that has been covered in class.

Westmoor Primary School, Southgate, Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 6SA                  

Telephone: 0191 6432260

email: office@westmoorprimary.org.uk   

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