Following concerns from parents, school offered the opportunity for them to access guidance from the School Nurse at a drop-in session.

Attached to this post is the presentation made by the School Nurse for parents who were unable to attend the meeting.

School continues to monitor and advise with regards to this issue.

Headlice combs are available from the school office on request.

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Year 2 and Year 6 Assessments 2016

Date Activity
May 2016 Key stage 1 testing period.
Monday 9 May 2016 Key stage 2 English reading test, reading booklet and associated answer booklet.
Tuesday 10 May 2016 Key stage 2 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test, Paper 1, short answer questions. Key stage 2 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test, Paper 2, spelling.
Wednesday 11 May 2016 Key stage 2 mathematics, Paper 1 arithmetic test. Key stage 2 mathematics, Paper 2 reasoning.
Thursday 12 May 2016 Key stage 2 mathematics, Paper 3, reasoning.
Weeks commencing 6 June and 13 June Key stage 2 science sampling test period.
Week commencing 13 June Phonics screening check week.

Following on from Parents’ Week, we thought parents of Year 2 and Year 6 pupils would find this short video about this year’s SATs helpful:

CLICK HERE FOR 2016 National Curriculum Tests (SATs): information for parents

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Further information about assessment at Dunn Street can be found by clicking here.

Click here for information about KS1 and KS2 Testing 2017
Click here for letter explaining Scaled Scores KS2
Click here for Parents’ Y6 SATs Guide
Click here for Y6 Exam Hints and Tips

Click here for and explanation of Primary School Progress Measures

Assessment without levels

Following the introduction of a new National Curriculum framework from September 2014, the Government has also decided to remove level descriptors.  The Government’s policy of removing level descriptors from the National Curriculum is set out in terms of freeing schools from an imposed measure of pupil progress. The Department for Education has said that levels are not very good with respect to helping parents to understand how far their child is improving. In their place, from September 2014, “it will be for schools to decide how they assess pupils’ progress”.

With levels removed and the focus now on raising the achievement of every pupil, Dunn Street’s governors, leaders and teachers have chosen a new way to measure pupil attainment and progress.

Our new assessment system

The old and new curriculum have different content. Many of the objectives in the old curriculum have shifted to lower year groups in the new, more rigorous curriculum, this means it is not possible to have an exact correlation between a level that was the outcome of the old National Curriculum assessment and the requirements of the new National Curriculum, this means a shift in thinking and in the way we assess our children’s outcomes.

The school has welcomed the changes in the National Curriculum and sees it as an exciting opportunity to review our assessment and reporting systems to create a more holistic approach that makes sense to parents.  We were very clear that whatever assessment tool we used, it needed to be robust and track pupils’ progress across the school and not just at the end of a Key Stage.

The principles that underpin our assessment system are:

  • Every child can achieve: teachers at Dunn Street have the mindset, ‘What do I need to do next to enable a child in my class to achieve?’
  • The National Curriculum objectives will be used as the expectations for all children.
  • Children will make age appropriate progress – 12 months in 12 months.
  • Teachers are experts at assessment – formative assessment will be effectively used to ensure the correct scaffolding is built into lessons to ensure all children achieve.

In order to be ‘secondary ready’ children need to meet the required end of Key Stage 2 expectations; these are broken down into key outcomes.  Click here to see the End of Key Stage 2 Interim Arrangements.

In order to be “Key Stage 2 ready”, children need to meet the end of Key Stage 1 expectations; these are broken down into key outcomes.  Click here to see the End of Key Stage 1 Interim Arrangements.

We use the National Curriculum objectives to assess outcomes for children at the end of each curriculum year.

Our assessment and reporting system includes:

  • Ongoing formative assessment by the class teacher throughout each lesson, through questioning, observation and dialogue.
  • Children knowing what they are being asked to learn and more importantly, why.
  • Success Criteria are discussed and agreed with or formulated by the children during each lesson, work is then assessed against the success criteria.
  • Three way feedback occurs between pupil, peer and teacher with clearly identified next steps – this can be written or verbal feedback.
  • Regular pupils’ work scrutiny.

Tracking progress over time

We will use O-Track (click here to visit their web-site) to track pupils’ progress over time, against age-related expectations in each subject area.  Class Track allows formative judgements to be made on specific Objectives that then feed into a summative judgement in Best Fit.

  • Beginning
  • Beginning +
  • Developing
  • Developing +
  • Secure ( Mastering, showing that age-related objectives have been achieved and the child is working at a deeper level of understanding and application)
  • Secure +

The O-Track Class Track tracking scheme is the back-bone to track progress across the school.

More able children

Rather than moving onto the next year’s curriculum these children will work on ‘gaining greater depth of understanding’ through the application of skills in different contexts – they will be deepening their learning.

The depth and application of a child’s learning is an important marker of their achievement and progress.

Early Years – Nursery & Reception

Children in Nursery and Reception will continue to be assessed against the Prime and Specific areas of Learning in the EYFS profile.

Assessments will be based on observation of daily activities and events. At the end of Reception for each Early Learning Goal, teachers will judge whether a child is meeting the level of development expected at the end of the Reception year:

  • Emerging, not yet reached the expected level of development
  • Expected
  • Exceeding, beyond the expected level of development for their age

Progress will be tracked using 2BuildAProfile (click here for their web-site) and pupils’ achievements will be shared with parents using Parent Share.

Reporting to Parents

We will continue to report to parents via Parents’ Evenings twice a year and a yearly report at the end of the academic year.   Discussions will be based on the assessment system in place for each age group.

School continues to operate an Open Door Policy, so if you have any questions, please feel free to contact school.

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Information about Key Stage 2 Testing in 2017 (current Year 6) can be found by clicking here. 

Information about Key Stage 1 Testing in 2017 (current Year 2) can be found by clicking here.

Information about Year 1 Phonics Testing in 2017 (current Year 1) can be found by clicking here.

Information about Reception Baseline Testing in 2016/2017 (current Reception Class) can be found by clicking here.

 

Staying Safe on the Internet

We recommend the KidSmart web-site – click here – to find out all you need to know about staying safe on-line.

Dunn Street takes great care to ensure pupils are kept safe at all times.  Click here to see relevant policies.  This is hugely important in the cyber world in which we find ourselves working at an increasing rate.  Working alongside the Local Authority and utilising the resources of the Open Zone, this is a message we continually strive to impress upon our pupils.  As part of this ongoing work, pupils participated in a theatre production from Team Players and Terry Wilkinson during E-Safety Week.

 

Book sale raises over £90

A huge thank you to all of the parents who helped us to raise £91.10 by buying our surplus books.

We have put the money in our Literacy Fund to buy some new resources for the children to use.

Thanks again!

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Year 1 visit to West Boldon Lodge

We had a fantastic time at West Boldon Lodge.

We went pond dipping in 3 different ponds and we went on a minibeast hunt in the woods. We saw lots of tadpoles, baby newts, pond skaters, water boatmen, fish, dragonflies and lots more!

When we went into the woods we saw lots of spiders and woodlice. We found out all about different habitats for different animals.