Assessment & results
The Primary School encourages discussions about assessment and evaluation of students’ progress to occur with the teacher, student and parent together. However, parents are welcome to make an appointment to discuss their child’s learning with the teacher at any time during the year. In addition to individual meetings requested by parents and teachers, scheduled reporting times are held during the year.
In the second week of the school year Parent Teacher Information Evenings provide a chance for parents to meet the teacher and speak freely about their child’s learning profile. This is the one parent teacher evening of the year that does not include students.
At the end of the first half term Primary School holds a Goal Setting Conference to provide an opportunity for parents, student and teachers to be part of the discussion to set goals together for the coming school year. This way, the student develops a sense of responsibility towards their learning while parents are directly involved in supporting the child.
At the end of the first term in December and the third term in June Student Progress Reports are distributed. These are outcomes based written reports for each subject with a comment which provides a summation of progress throughout the year. The report also contains a general comment from classroom teachers and reflection on individual progress towards achieving the criteria outlined in the learner profile.
Students in Primary School keep a Student Portfolio of their work each year. During Student-Led Conferences that are held in the third term students use them to demonstrate and explain to their parents what they have learned in all subjects. The collection of work samples in a portfolio shows a student’s understanding and application of the curriculum including their development of the skills of learning and the attributes of the PYP Learner Profile.
In the final year of the Primary Years Programme all students complete a special unit of the Programme of Inquiry called the Exhibition. It provides Year 6 students with the opportunity to display to the whole school community the knowledge, skills and attitudes they have learned and developed. The projects that students undertake for the Exhibition require them to take responsibility, demonstrate independence and synthesise learning from previous years.
Each year children perform on stage to share their learning from one of the Units of Inquiry. The children visibly show what they have learnt through song, dance, drama and many other expressive forms.