Assessment

At Oakbridge, assessment takes many forms with the fundamental aim of checking pupils’ knowledge and understanding and ensuring that our curriculum is meeting the needs of all pupils.

Formative Assessment

Teachers continually assess pupils in lessons through the strategies below:

  • Questioning

Cold calling is used across school to check pupils understanding as teachers present new learning and recap prior learning.

  • Stages of Practice

New material is presented in stages of practice. ‘I do, we do, you do.’ Teachers initially model new learning ‘I do’, they then work with pupils in guided practice ‘We do’ and finally pupils work independently ‘You do’. Teachers move through these stages of practice when they assess that pupils are ready to move to the next stage.

  • Progress Sweeps

As pupils work independently, teachers and support staff move around the classroom to check pupils understanding and ensure that they are accessing and achieving the learning intention.

  • Responsive Teaching

Where teachers identify that a pupil is not achieving the learning objective, they will work with them individually or in a small group, to revisit the modelling and guided stages of practice.

  • Low stakes quizzes

Across the curriculum, low stakes quizzes (including using Cahoot) are used to check pupils’ recall and retrieval of knowledge.

  • Retrieval practice

All lessons begin with retrieval practice, where pupils are asked questions about their prior learning from within the unit and previous units. Teachers use this session to address any gaps in knowledge.

  • ‘In the moment’ and whole class feedback

Wherever possible, teachers will respond to children’s work during lessons. After each lesson, teachers will look through pupils’ work, assess whether they have met the learning intention and identify any errors or misconceptions. Where misconceptions or errors are common, whole class feedback will be given in the next lesson to address these and ensure learning is secure. Where small groups or individual pupils have misconceptions, a short corrective teaching session will be delivered.

Formative assessment informs teachers’ planning, either for the whole class, small groups or individuals.

 

Summative Assessment

Teachers check pupils learning more formally at the end of each term. This may include:

  • End of term tests in some subjects
  • Termly teacher assessments in Reading, writing and maths
  • Writing assessments and Trust moderation
  • Statutory tests such as phonics screening, multiplication tables check and Year 6 statutory assessments
  • Annual teacher assessments in all subjects

Summative data is inputted onto the school MIS system and reports are produced by our school data company ahead of pupil progress meetings between the executive headteacher, SENDco and class teachers.

Termly pupil progress meetings in September, January and April are an opportunity to set targets and review individual pupils’ attainment and progress. Key groups are considered, including children with SEND and those in receipt of pupil premium. Interventions and strategies to improve achievement are discussed and planned where appropriate.

 

Additional Support for Children Falling Behind

Where gaps are identified in pupils’ knowledge, through formative or summative assessment, or a pupil is not achieving in line with their individual targets, they will receive additional support. This may include:

  • Phonics interventions such as Keep Up sessions or Rapid Catch Up,
  • Specific maths, reading or writing interventions
  • Specific SEND interventions
  • Corrective teaching- a same day intervention to support pupils who did not meet the learning intention
  • Preteaching- some pupils benefit from being introduced to vocabulary or concepts before the lesson so that they can access the lesson confidently.

 

Assessment Cycle

Autumn TermSeptember Target Setting Meetings

Half termly phonics assessments

End of unit tests throughout

End of term White Rose maths test

End of term reading and writing teacher assessment

School and Trust moderation of teacher assessments

Input data onto Bromcom

Parent reports with Reading, writing and Maths outcomes

Spring TermJanuary Pupil Progress Meeting

Half termly phonics assessments

End of unit tests throughout

End of term White Rose maths test

End of term reading and writing teacher assessment

School and Trust moderation of teacher assessments

Input data onto Bromcom

Parent reports with Reading, writing and Maths outcomes

Summer TermApril Pupil Progress Meeting

Half termly phonics assessments

End of unit tests throughout

End of term White Rose maths test

EYFS Profile

Y1 and 2 Phonics Screening Checks

Y4 Multiplication Tables Check

Y6 Statutory Tests

End of term reading and writing teacher assessment

School and Trust moderation of teacher assessments

Input data onto Bromcom

Parent reports with outcomes for all subjects and statutory test results