At Ryders Green we strive to ensure all our pupils are confident and happy readers. All pupils throughout the school take banded books home to read with parents. We also follow the Read Write Inc in school with daily phonics sessions taking place in Early Years and Key Stage 1. Key Stage 2 pupils take part in phonics sessions when appropriate using Fresh Start.
At Ryders Green we use the School Pupil Tracker Online in order to ensure coverage of the National Curriculum objectives and also to generate a level for each child. This level is generated based on the coverage of the curriculum and how well the child has achieved that objective.
To ensure our writing assessments are accurate across the school, we have half termly staff moderating sessions, where we sit as a staff and quality assure each other’s assessments. Alongside this, we have a Local Authority advisor visit us to give further quality assurance to our assessments. When she visits, she moderates approximately 10% of the class teacher’s assessments which are then used for future moderation.
At Ryders Green we believe in good quality assessment. This ensures that all children are monitored accurately and any relevant interventions can take place. In order to make this possible, we use two different assessment strategies: PM Benchmarking and PiRA reading assessments.
The PiRA reading assessments are small, termly reading tests give standardised results and age related scores that enable us to track pupil progress term by term. Benefits of the tests include:
These assessments mean that our children are exposed to and prepared for the new expectations in the Reading SATs tests and we provide children lower than year 6, with these experiences.
In order to further quality assure our reading assessments across the school, we also use PM Benchmarking which has been recommended to us by the Local Authority.
Benchmark Kits are an essential resource to accurately track and assess pupils’ reading progress across the whole school, ensuring consistent and accurate levelling in reading. It is a highly supportive reading programme for teachers, and gives reassurance that every child can succeed, as well as also giving teachers the ability to accurately measure reading progress and meet National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements. Any child that falls 6 months below their age-related expectation based on the PiRA test is Benchmarked, in order to provide an accurate assessment of what the child can do, so that relevant and timely interventions can be put in to place.
This all takes place alongside half termly staff moderation sessions where we sit down as a staff and quality assure our judgements with each other.
The following links should provide you with more information as to how we approach English as an additional language:
by Jonathan Gadd (Leading Practitioner and Local Authority Moderator for KS2)