Recently we have purchased Prospectus Curriculum to support us in delivering a learning experience relevant for the 21st Century.
The curriculum covers all aspects of the National Curriculum using a thematic approach, combining and linking skills across the complete range of subjects taught. The objectives taught in each year group build on each other to ensure that the full range of objectives are taught across key stages and the school.
In addition, links are made between the thematic units and the teaching of English through careful selection of fiction and non-fiction texts to support reading and writing across a wide variety of genres. Where possible, links are also made with Science and Maths, although these will be taught discretely when necessary.
Teaching of the curriculum is supplemented by a range of trips and visitors related to topics as well as enrichment activities such as Anti-Bullying Week, Road Safety Week and British Science Week.
At St. Andrew’s, assessment is key to our planning process and is on-going throughout each year. More formal assessments are used at the end of each year and reported to parents. Individual targets in English and Mathematics are set in consultation with pupils, parents and teachers. Support programmes are put in place when necessary.
At the end of Reception, children are assessed against the 17 Early Learning Goals. This is known as the EYFS Profile. More information about EYFS can be found here. Children in Year 1 take the statutory Phonics check which tests their ability to decode and blend real and pseudo words. At the end of Year 2, children take written tests which form the basis of the end of Key Stage 1 assessments. They are assessed in Reading, Writing and Maths. All of these assessments are internally marked and analysed. At the end of Year 6, children take written tests for Reading and Maths which are marked externally. They are also assessed for Writing but this is carried out internally by school staff and sometimes moderated by local authority moderators. All statutory assessments are reported to the local authority and are used to compile league tables and performance tables for the school. These are available on the Pupil Attainment page.
Written reports are given to parents towards the end of the Summer term. These reports summarise pupil progress throughout the year and highlight any future learning targets. In line with statutory regulations, absences are noted on the reports and outcomes from assessments are also shared.
In the Autumn and Spring terms parents are invited to come into school to view their child’s work and discuss their progress. Individual appointments are made with the class teacher.
Although there is no formal evening during the Summer term, parents are welcome to make an appointment with the class teacher to discuss their child’s annual report if they wish.