What is Assessment?

Assessment is the way in which we keep track of what pupils have learnt and the progress they have made. At La Fontaine, the teachers continuously assess the pupils enabling them to plan for each pupil’s next steps. Effective assessment influences the motivation and self-esteem of pupils which has a positive impact on learning.

Children at La Fontaine are encouraged to reflect and evaluate their own learning and also to support and evaluate each other’s learning; this is called self/peer assessment and will vary according to the age and stage of the pupils.


What are the Curriculum and Assessment Principles at La Fontaine?

In line with DfE expectations for KS1 and KS2, when assessing our children’s work, we use the following principles:

  • Children can be working towards the expected standard
  • Children can be working at the expected standard
  • Children can be working at greater depth within the expected standard

Our curriculum is a ‘Mastery Curriculum’ and we therefore aim to ensure that all children achieve mastery within their age-appropriate curriculum (i.e. within the expected standard).

Across our curriculum, therefore, we aim to see children display a deep understanding of key concepts, covering fewer topics in greater depth. Our approach to teaching and learning aims to be broader and richer, not further and faster.


How does Assessment take place at La Fontaine?

Assessment at La Fontaine takes place at three levels:

  • Ongoing assessment – These assessments take place in every lesson through questioning and discussion with the pupils, and marking of their work.
  • Medium-term assessment – At the end of each half term, an assessment of children’s progress in all subjects take place. This is in the form of ‘Teacher Assessments’, where the teacher is making a judgement based on consistency of work in lessons and, at times, a test.
  • Long-term assessment – During the Summer Term each year, pupils in Year 2 take part in the Standard Assessment Tests and Tasks (SATs) in reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG), and maths. In Year 6, pupils will take part in the Standard Assessment Tests in reading, maths and spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG). In Year 1, children will also sit a Phonics Screening Check.
  • Children in the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) are assessed against areas of the curriculum using Foundation Stage Profiles.


How do we report to Parents?

At La Fontaine, we are proud to work in partnership with all our parents. We encourage them to be actively involved in their children’s learning. We enable this to happen by:

  • Holding Parents’ Evenings with each parent and their child. The meeting is for teachers to discuss with parents their child’s progress and targets for the following term. Parents are given opportunities to look through their child’s work, discuss their progress and ways to support their child at home. At the end of the academic year, in the Summer term, parents receive a written report about their child’s progress in all subject areas.
  • Encouraging parents of children with Special Educational Needs to meet with the SENDCo and attend regular reviews.
  • Teachers being available for meetings by appointment at a mutually convenient time.
  • Holding whole-school parent workshops and briefings to disseminate information regarding educational topics, changes in school practice and curriculum updates.