This page contains answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the new assessment systems introduced in 2015, including those raised at the parents’ meeting in November. It should be read in conjunction with the main assessment page.
What are objectives?
The Primary National Curriculum sets out what pupils in each year group are expected to be taught. These expectations are what we call objectives. For example, this is an extract from one area of maths:
Teachers take these expectations and split them into lesson objectives, for example they might teach children to recognise the number words from 1 to 5 before moving on to 1 to 10.
What will my child be learning in class once they have reached the “secure” Golden Code?
Our data tracking system will allocate a “secure” code when a child has learnt a minimum of about 66% of the objectives for their year. For example, there are 18 reading objectives for a Year 3 child to cover so if the teacher has recorded that a child can demonstrate that they know 12 of the 18 they will be “secure”. This child will continue to learn the remaining objectives and will also be learning how t
o apply what they have already learnt to increasingly difficult situations. This deeper learning shows on our assessment tracking system through each child’s Golden Code.
We expect every child in the school to continue to learn and develop their skills irrespective of whatever grade or Golden Code they may be. There are always more things to learn and more skills to master!
How will more able children be stretched?
The expectation laid out in the new national curriculum is that children must know and have a significant depth of understanding of the objectives specified for their year group. For almost every child this provides enough difficulty to make sure that they are stretched to their full potential. We do this by challenging children to take what they have learned and use it to solve increasingly difficult problems, to explain their reasoning, to make inferences, to compare and to make judgements.
How will less able children be supported?
Unless a child has Special Educational Needs (SEN) they will be taught the same objectives as the rest of the class. We will continue to provide support in lessons and to make sure that there are different levels of work available so that children aren’t tackling work that is too hard or too easy for them.
The teachers will be monitoring how well each child is doing and can provide extra support if a child is struggling with a specific area of learning. If your child is not making progress in their learning we will let you know and discuss how you can support and encourage them at home.