Assessment at Ambrosoli
At Ambrosoli International School, we believe that assessment is an ongoing and integral part of the teaching and learning process. Within the school day teachers find time to observe, assess, reflect and review the achievements of each child on a regular basis, involving the children in this valuable learning activity though self and peer assessment and giving feedback and setting targets.
In Early Years classes focus groups allow teachers and assistants to concentrate specifically on the learning of a small group of children each week and develop personal learning journeys for each child which are shared with the parents. The personal learning journeys assess the childrens’ knowledge and understanding and help to inform future planning in order to challenge the children
In Key Stages 1 and 2 (ages 5 – 11) children are teacher assessed against the age appropriate learning objectives of the National Curriculum of England in their maths and English lessons and also in some specialist lessons – PE, Swimming, French, Music, Computing and Art. Science and humanities are taught through the units of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) which also provides both teacher and pupil rubrics measuring progress against the learning goals, so that children are learning to make their own judgments about their achievements.
Children, especially those in our upper classes, are given paper based or online tests from time to time to help to prepare them for more formal testing procedures in secondary schools and all primary classes regularly take spelling and mental maths tests. Twice a term children are asked to do an extended piece of writing which is marked in depth and moderated with other teachers.
However, most of the time, assessment is based on a teacher’s knowledge of the curricula used at Ambrosoli and the individual children and what they are capable of achieving. This is based on conversations with the children, oral feedback on work completed, marking and moderating. We use an online programme called classroom Monitor to help us to record the children’s achievements, provide evidence and track progress thus ensuring that the planning and children’s learning is appropriately challenging.