Assessment and the National Curriculum
Curriculum and Assessment at Upton Junior School
'One Childhood One Chance’
What is the National Curriculum?
The National Curriculum defines the programmes of study for key subjects in maintained/ state primary and secondary schools in England (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own equivalents). Fundamentally, it sets out what your child should learn during their time at school
The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum
Our teaching of the National Curriculum at Upton Junior School stems from the needs and abilities of the children we teach. We believe every member of our school community is a life-long learner and that our role is to provide them with stimulus and skills, developing a thirst for knowledge, so that our pupils are empowered to fulfil their individual potential.
At Upton ‘One Childhood One Chance’ means providing the best possible Teaching and Learning opportunity for every child, utilising every opportunity at our disposal. We aim to provide an outstanding curriculum, a curriculum of innovation and inspiration, which is continually evolving in the best interests of our pupils.
We echo the government’s desire for children to become ‘educated citizens’ and so advocate a curriculum rich in literacy, containing a range of differing and stimulating experiences. It aims to be enjoyable, inclusive, engaging and link to the Core Values of our school.
At Upton, English, Maths, Computing, RE, MFL, Music and PE will continue to be taught as discreet subjects.
Subjects that were previously taught separately, namely History, Geography, Art, Design Technology and Science, are integrated together into Topics rather than being taught discretely in order to make them more meaningful to the children. We have chosen to deliver these topics following the IPC ‘International Primary Curriculum’.
At Upton our Core Values are integrated into our curriculum.
- Morality and Adaptability
Each IPC Unit focuses on different core values and our Pupil of the Week is chosen based on these values.
Assessment at Upton:
Assessment is an ever-continuous process at Upton. It takes place during and following every single learning experience or lesson and staff use this formative assessment to plan the next steps for each child.
In line with current government practice, children are also assessed against national milestones throughout the year using standardised testing. This form of testing gives each child a standardised score for reading, maths and GPS, with 100 as the national average. We also replicate the national writing assessment, with children either 'Working Towards the Expected Level'; 'Working at the Expected Level'; or Working at Greater Depth
In spite of so many changes nationally in education at this period of time, the staff and governors at Upton would like to reassure you that our priority remains the same – to ensure we provide an outstanding educational experience for every child.
Parents can expect us to:
- Keep you informed about your child’s learning
- Share with you the progress your child is making year-on-year
- Track whether your child is meeting academic expectations and provide intervention if not
- Show how tailored support programmes are being used to support individual pupil needs
- Provide opportunities for parents to meet with teachers to discuss their child’s progress
Detailed records are kept on your child’s progress. Assessments are made by teachers through the school year and progress records are regularly updated at termly pupil progress meetings.
Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) are taken by children at the end of Year 6 (in the school year when your child will be11 years old). Individual and whole year test results are available to parents/carers at the end of the Summer term.
All records are available for you to see by appointment with your child’s class teacher at the end of each term. Every child receives a written report in early July.
Teachers and children set 'next step' targets as part of ongoing assessment in English and maths. This is part of our 'Effective Marking' policy. These targets are reviewed and updated regularly.
Children set themselves 'Behaviour For Learning' targets twice a year.
Teachers set termly targets in Reading, Writing, Maths and PHSE. These are shared with the children and sent home for parents.
Please contact your child's class or Learning Group teacher if you have any questions about next step or termly targets.