Mid Year Reports.
Teachers are currently completing mid year written reports. Reports will be sent home in a sealed envelope on the last day of term. Year 1-6 students are graded in all areas of the curriculum with a written comment for English and Maths, and a general comment regarding student attendance, learning dispositions, curriculum, general behaviour and work habits etc.
There is no requirement for schools to assign A to E grades when reporting on Reception students. Teachers use the Foundation (F) year Australian Curriculum achievement standards as a reference point for reporting on student progress, including written comments for English and Maths, as well as a general comment.
If you have any concerns about your child’s report please arrange a time to meet with the classroom teacher early next term.
Pupil Free Day
Our recent Pupil Free Day was focused on the Key Strategies of Formative Assessment.
Formative assessment is a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve teacher instruction and student outcomes.
Five key strategies:
1. Clarifying, understanding, and sharing learning intentions (sharing Learning Intentions and Success Criteria)
2. Engineering effective classroom discussions, tasks and activities that elicit evidence of learning (questioning)
3. Providing feedback that moves learners forward (feedback)
4. Activating students as learning resources for one another (peer assessment)
5. Activating students as owners of their own learning (self assessment)
We are currently focusing on the first three strategies with our students, although the language used in classrooms and expectations change depending on year level.
After surveying students Year 3-6 earlier this term we realised that despite explicit teaching around formative assessment strategies with students, almost a third of our students were still struggling to understand the purpose of Learning Intentions, Success Criteria and Feedback to improve their learning. We took time to analysis the data, discuss barriers, reflect on practice and then plan for improvement. Students will be surveyed again in Term 4 to measure our improvement in this area but also to ‘check in’ with students about their ability to articulate the purpose of their learning and next steps.
When Sokhan and I visit classrooms, we ask students three questions:
1. What are you learning? This reflects the learning intention – purpose of the lesson/task etc.
2. How are you doing? This reflects the Success Criteria – what they have to do to be successful in the lesson/task.
3. How do you know? This reflects how students use feedback to move learning forward.
When students respond we are expecting them to talk about learning intentions, success criteria, feedback from teachers, and self reflection. Next term you may want to begin using these questions with you child when asking them about what they are learning at school.
Our term 3 Pupil Free Day is on Friday 1st September, followed by a School Closure on Monday 4th September.