Children are assessed regularly within the classroom to provide feedback on the learning process to the teacher. We use a variety of forms of assessment to ensure that the next steps in learning are appropriate to the children’s needs.
Some areas of learning need to be evaluated to see what the children have learnt and how their levels compare. For this reason, children from Class 3 and up, complete an annual external assessment form the UK in Numeracy and Literacy.
Children will also receive spelling, Mental Maths and French tests at school as they need to become aware of this type of assessment, particularly as they prepare for their move to Secondary School.
However, we want to emphasise the importance of children developing the ability to reflect and self-evaluate as they learn. In order to do this, they need to be able to articulate their learning and prepare for the next step. Assessment for Learning is an important part of the IPC which gives the children the opportunity to assess the development of their skills.
When an IPC learning activity has been completed the children can use a rubric with descriptors of Beginning, Developing or Mastering levels to make a judgement on their own learning. These descriptors help them to decide on their level. The role of the teacher is also crucial in this. They will confirm the child’s judgement and give learning advice on how to move from Beginning to Developing or Developing to Mastering and to become independent learners for life.