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 purpose of homework is to promote a love of learning that encourages positive, meaningful learning experiences between students, parents and teachers.
Homework must always have a clear educational purpose in mind and we need to remember that our second and third language English users will take far longer to complete a task than native speakers. It should also be recognised that children spend a working day in school and they need time to recuperate, relax and play when they get home. We must consider that homework should be done by students with the support of their parents, but not by their parents; the tasks must be achievable by the students themselves.
An important point of information to share at this point is that the majority of in-school learning is what we refer to as ‘new’ learning: when we learn something we didn't know before and as such, can often insecure, fuzzy and unstable. Thus our highly qualified teachers support the students through this learning process, using their wealth of knowledge, experience and resources.
Meanwhile, the majority of at-home learning (homework) is what we refer to as ‘consolidated’ learning: when the new learning becomes more secure, and eventually automatic and established. Tasks and activities are usually based upon learning already done in school.
Homework is a means for some students to excel or to develop their interest in a topic, it can also provide extra practise to support learning for children in need. The subject areas covered by homework may be in maths or language development, such as spelling, or topic related work activities.
Homework tasks should be reasonably demanding and clearly contribute to the overall learning experience for the students.
With regards to homework over holidays, as it is very important that the students have a rest, no homework will be set by the teachers. However, we still encourage reading throughout the holiday. Just before the summer holidays, we will also send you a guide on what you could cover, called our ‘Holiday Learning Hints’.