Assessment of learning
An important element of Curriculum for Excellence is assessment. For teachers it is essential to have a clear picture of where a learner is in their learning journey so that the next steps can be carefully planned. All forms of assessment are designed to help teachers plan learning to meet the needs of the children in our classes. We assess in two distinct ways:
Formative assessment is an on-going process of talking with the pupils, encouraging them to reflect on their learning and using a variety of strategies in the classroom to gauge understanding. This is a continual and cyclical process of determining where the pupils are currently in their learning – what is the next piece of learning to be achieved – and what are the next steps that will take us there. At all stages, the pupils are involved in talking about their understanding, skills and current knowledge.
On occasion, we use summative assessment and this provides a snapshot of where a learner is in a particular curricular area on that day. These can sometimes be referred to as ‘end of unit assessments’. We also conduct our own Standardised Assessments that are usually administered throughout the school in Reading, Writing, Spelling and Maths and are conducted in May/June. The results of which are available for you to see on request.
Scottish National Standardised Assessments
The Scottish Government also requires that all pupils in Primary 1, 4 and 7 take part in the Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSAs). These are used to help support teacher’s professional judgement of where your child is in their attainment.
Primary seven pupil profiles
In addition to this, at Primary 7 a profile is completed with pupil input that reflects their attainment and achievements to date. This accompanies them to their chosen secondary school.
Reporting on progress
The experiences and outcomes under Curriculum for Excellence are written at five levels, with progression to qualifications described under the senior phase. The path most young people are expected to follow through the levels during the different stages is set out below.
|Early||The pre-school years and P1, or later for some|
|First||To the end of P4, but earlier or later for some|
|Second||To the end of P7, but earlier or later for some|
|Third and Fourth||S1 to S3, but earlier for some|
|Senior Phase||S4 to S6 in school/college/other types of study, until the age of 18|
Some children and young people will start learning at these levels earlier and others later, depending upon individual needs and aptitudes. The framework is, however designed to be flexible in order to permit careful planning for those with additional support needs, including those who, for example, have a learning difficulty and those who are particularly able or talented.
At Ratho Primary School, we report on your child’s learning in a number of different ways including informal chats, telephone calls, twitter updates, website posts, emails, class assemblies, learning showcase events where you can come in and learn with your child, parent consultations and learning journal reports.
Formal written reports are provided through our Learning journal system outlined below. In addition to this, you will be invited to attend 2 formal parents’ consultations each session. Please remember, you can contact the school at any time out with these to discuss your child’s progress.
Personal Learning Plans (plps) have existed for many years in Ratho Primary School. They have traditionally taken the form of a jotter, which contain targets for learning, next steps in learning and learning logs to chart the progress of pupils throughout the school year.
We now use an electronic version of Personal Learning Planning- e-plps. Parents and carers can logon to www.learningjournals.co.uk to view the PLP of their child at any time. Teaching staff will update your child’s page with examples and evidence of learning, including videos and photographs. Targets and next steps for learning will be identified and a ‘live report’ will be created throughout the year. These can be downloaded and printed out at the end of the year if you wish. Parents can also add their own comments to these reports and any personal achievements from outside of school can be added.
If you have any questions or queries relating to learning journals including how to login then don’t hesitate to contact the school office.