At Parkwood we use two forms of assessment that help to guide the teaching and learning efficiently and accurately. We use these systems to help us build up a picture of your child's learning and progress.
Parkwood is part of the PiXL (Partners in Excellence) club. It is a summative assessment tool. It helps build up accurate picture of the children's learning in a precise way. This helps teachers pinpoint areas of learning which need to be addressed and also helps show if the children are on track to achieve all they can and are making good progress. Regular testing, using an age-appropriate approach, is carried out three times a year at regular intervals.
We also use Balance as a formative assessment tool. This gives children control of their own learning and leads to meaningful and purposeful feedback from the teachers, and accurate self assessment on a lesson by lesson basis. We believe that the children should be at the centre of their own learning and know what they need to do to get better.
In Foundation Stage we use Tapestry as our home and school assessment tool. It builds up an interactive and highly informative picture of the children's growing skills and learning during their first year at Parkwood.
To support our phonics, we use Read, Write Inc. as the younger children build up their phonics skills in preparation for their phonics screening and more importantly to embed basic skills which they can use as they get older.