In the first few weeks of Reception, your child's teacher will spend time finding out about your child - their interests, areas of strength and areas of development. They will do this in a range of ways including through whole group discussions, observations and by working with your child on a one to one basis. Part of this baseline assessment is known as the RBA and is carried out for every child in a Reception setting. This covers literacy, language, communication and early maths. There is no special preparation that needs to be done for this assessment!
Assessment at The Aldgate School is carried out both informally and through more formal procedures. Teachers assess all the time, in every lesson to check children's recall of previous learning and their understanding of the current lessons. This formative assessment ensures that the lessons are correctly pitched to the children's needs.
The curriculum is made up of units within each subject area and children's skills and knowledge grows throughout the unit. At the end of each unit, children have the opportunity to pull their new found skills and knowledge together and to answer a key question around their learning. This can be done in a range of ways eg, poster, writing, presentation, evaluation.