Reporting on Student Progress
We use a system of continuous assessment and record-keeping throughout the school year to allow us to tailor learning to suit your child. We have a wealth of assessment opportunities and most importantly, your child’s Class Teacher spends over 1000 hours minimum, per year, with your child.
Formal written reports are sent home three times a year, usually in October, February and June. The first report is more of a settling in report and is discussed during the first Parent-Teacher-Child Conference, whilst the second and third reports are more detailed.
Grades are not given on the reports in the Primary School. For the second and third report, teaching objectives (goals for the year) are listed and a tick is placed in the column marking the level at which each individual is working. The rubric used for assessment is outlined below and can be found on each page of the reports:
This item has not been assessed this term.
Not meeting grade level objectives, working below grade level.
Working towards meeting grade level objectives.
Meeting grade level objectives, working at grade level.
Meeting and extending
Meeting and extending beyond grade level objectives.
Extending beyond grade level objectives.
*Meeting means that the child is performing at the expected level for the grade at that particular
time of the year.
Parent-Teacher-Child Conferences (PTCCs)
Parent-Teacher-Child Consultations (PTCCs) are an important part of school life and so there are two each year.
The first PTCC of the year to discuss how your child has settled at school. Recorded work will be available for you to look at and the teacher will give you a settling in report which outlines your child’s immediate targets for personal development, English and Maths, as well as a target set by your own child. This PTCC is compulsory and is usually in October. The second PTCC is normally held in February as a follow up to your child’s second report; it is not compulsory but we recommend all parents make an appointment.
Wherever possible, we would like students attend the PTCCs so that the children see that we are working together in partnership to support them. If the Class Teacher feels that it would not be appropriate for your child to attend, this will be indicated when you receive your exact appointment date/time
Please be aware that additional meetings can be scheduled with teachers and educators, at any time of the year, by request.
The LIS Primary School day is considerably longer than that of local schools, particularly those students in Grade 1. Students could arrive at school at 07:00 for morning Hort and then not leave for another 10 hours, at 17:00. Their day may ultimately consist of: breakfast, travel, school, travel, Hort and/or external activities, travel, dinner and bedtime preparation. Thus, to have an expectation that a young child must complete their home learning on such a day is unrealistic.
Given the important research, the science behind learning and our own professional experience, the Primary School’s approach to home learning is to:
- Encourage daily reading to and with your child.
- Encourage ‘talk for learning’ primarily through discussing Seesaw activities and uploads.
- Develop automaticity skills such as times tables recollection.
- For home learning to be successful, there must be clear communication between school and home regarding lifestyles and expectations.
Parents may find helpful information on this whole topic in our Primary School Home Learning Policy.