It is very important for both home and school to know how successfully pupils have learnt within our curriculum.
Our programme of assessment has been modified to incorporate both the Cambridge Primary Curriculum, in keeping with the Cambridge Curriculum used in the Secondary School, as well as the National Curriculum for England and Wales for the foundation subjects.
All members of the teaching staff regularly assess pupils through formal and informal methods, such as, Spelling tests and Mental Mathematics tests, summative assessments, formative assessments, peer assessments and the like. In addition, teachers keep up-to-date records of these assessments as well as anecdotal notes on all the pupils in their classes.
Internally designed end of term assessments, in the Autumn and Spring terms, are used to cover the work learnt in that term in English, Mathematics and Science. In the final term of the academic year; the summer term, pupils complete English, Mathematics and Science Progression Tests allocated by the University of Cambridge,. These are marked internally and are compulsory for all pupils from Years 3 to Year 6.
Check Point Assessments
In addition to the Progression Tests, all Year 6 pupils complete an externally marked Cambridge assessment. These Check Point assessments cover the curriculum learnt for the year in the areas of English, Mathematics and Science. These assessments take place in April and the results are sent back to the school once they have been marked. The pupils receive a certificate to show that they have completed their Primary School years and may proceed to Secondary school.
KS1 and Reception Assessment
Pupils in KS1 classes are assessed in English and Mathematics using internally designed assessments. Reception pupils are not assessed, however, notes regarding their progress, as well as learner profiles, are used to record their progress.
Reports are one of the most important ways in which educational institutions can communicate how the pupils are doing in their academic careers. BSB reports are no exception and have been designed to give the utmost information about the pupil’s progress.
KS1 and KS2 reports
These reports are given out three times per year after each end of term assessment. We use a grading system based on that of the Cambridge Primary Curriculum and use – and + symbols to
further demarcate levels. The grading system is for the subjects which the pupils have been assessed in. Please note that C-, C and C+ are all perfectly acceptable marks for pupils and denote that they are functioning on a corresponding level with most learners in the United Kingdom. Additionally, we have an Effort section which is carefully described on the report. This shows how the pupil has applied themselves during that particular term.
In addition, the reports give succinct information about the pupil’s progress in all other subjects such as Geography, History, Design and Technology, PE, ICT, Art and Music.
These reports do not have grades, since these learners do not do formal assessments. Their reports consist of anecdotal notes in the following Prime Areas; Communication & Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social & Emotional. Added to this, in depth comments are recorded in the Specific Areas of English, Mathematics, Expressive Arts & Design and Understanding the World.