Presentation on theme: "New Curriculum, New Assessment Tuesday 10 th February 2015."— Presentation transcript:
New Curriculum, New Assessment Tuesday 10 th February 2015
National Curriculum 2014 For years, parents have found themselves visiting schools with their children only to hear themselves saying, “It’s not like when I was at school.” Things change quickly in education, and at no time in the past 25 years has that been truer than September 2014 when the whole school curriculum changes for maintained schools throughout England.
National Curriculum 2014 The guides I have produced are intended to help you understand what your children are learning at school. The guides are divided into Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 3 and 4). These guides outline the curriculum. The National Curriculum was made statutory in September 2014, however for children in Year 2 and Year 6 will be on the old curriculum because they will be undertaking the ‘old style’ SATs.
What’s changed? The National Curriculum sets out in some detail what must be taught in each subject. Alongside these are the familiar foundation subjects: Art, Computing, Design & Technology, Foreign Languages (age 7+ only, not at Woburn!), Geography, History, Music, and Physical Education. For these foundation subjects, the details in the curriculum are significantly briefer. There is a major focus on English and maths. Many heads feel the marginalisation of these subjects is wrong. For example the requirement for music is about one and a half hours across the year!
Much of the publicity about the changes to the curriculum has focussed on ‘higher expectations’ in various subjects, and it is certainly the case that in some areas the content of the new primary curriculum is significantly more demanding than in the past. (This is open to debate!) For example, in mathematics there is now much greater focus on the skills of arithmetic and also on working with fractions. In English lessons there will now be more attention paid to the study of grammar, punctuation and spelling. At age 7, children will undertake a SPaG test. (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Test). These have always been taught, the only difference is that children are tested formally and this has replaced a writing test which tested the same elements but in a writing context!
New Assessments and tests your child will taking At Woburn Lower School we use a variety of ways when assessing the children’s progress in their learning. This includes formal tests, work in their books and observations. At certain stages of your child’s schooling there are also national tests which must be taken by all children in state schools. Often informally known as ‘SATs’, the National Curriculum Tests are compulsory for children at the end of Year 2 and Year 6. Children in these year groups will undertake tests in Reading, Mathematics, and Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling. These are usually administered in late May/June time. These are teacher assessed at KS1.
Assessment without Levels Where previously these tests – and other teacher assessments were graded in levels eg 2b being an average child at Year 2, 3b at Year 4 and 4b at Year 6. Now, we think from 2016 the tests will be reported as a scaled score, with a score of 100 representing the expected level for each age group. It will be up to teachers and schools to decide how to measure progress in the intervening years. The children at school, will be measured in terms of ‘emerging’, ‘expected’ and ‘exceeding’ their year perfomance indicators in English, maths and science. Schools will then provide accompanying information to parents to explain how children are progressing. So there will be a change in reporting for those children in Year 1,3 and 4, this year. Nest year we hope to develop the idea of reporting progress to parents in a written format at points throughout the Year.
Parents Forum – Reporting to Parents A Parents Forum meeting was held and the issue of reports was discussed. It was evident that parents would like to support the learning of their children. They agreed Brief termly reports would be beneficial Targets for improvement Better understanding of progress