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Your Child's Progress

How will my child’s progress be monitored at school?

Your child’s class teacher will regularly monitor the progress he/she is making at Shirley Infant School in a wide range of subject areas.  Most regular assessment is made against the core areas of learning – Reading, Writing and Mathematics.  Year Leaders review progress of the whole year group to check everyone is on course to reach their targets. They discuss with class teachers how to provide extra support for children who may not be making expected progress. This may be additional support from a teaching assistant, activities to do at home or extra practice in class.

How often is progress assessed?

Ongoing assessments happen each time a lesson is reviewed by class teachers.  Children are given learning objectives for each lesson so they know what they should try to achieve. They know these as  ‘I can’ statements.  Children are then expected to evaluate how well they have achieved the learning objectives, and use a colour code to show how well they think they have understood.  They get better at self assessment as they progress from Year R to Year 2.

There are key assessment points each half term when children are assessed in Reading, Writing and Maths. These assessments are recorded on a tracking sheet so that teachers can track progress from one term to another and from one year to another.

How can I know about my child’s progress?

Your child’s teacher will talk to you about the progress your child is making each time you meet for a parent/teacher meeting. These happen in the Autumn and Spring terms. In the Summer term class teachers write a full report covering progress and attainment.  At parents’ evenings you will be given target cards that will tell you what your child is currently working towards.

There are opportunities for you to come into school to review your child’s progress by looking through their books with your child. You will be able to see from their ‘I can’ statements what they are focussing on and you will be able to see in the following pieces of work if they are achieving their targets.  Your child should be able to talk about their own targets and will enjoy showing their work to you.

Teachers read regularly with your child in school and make notes in a home/school reading diary. By looking at the comments made by the teacher and other adults who read with your child you will be informed about the progress your child is making. There are often targets to work on which we ask you to help with. Practice at home makes a huge difference to your child’s progress.