What is Formative Assessment? - A Guide for Parents
Formative Assessment is about:
- Pupils knowing what they are learning about and what they need to know or do to achieve success in the lesson
- Involving pupils in setting targets for future learning ( you will recognise this idea from your child’s PLP)
- Ensuring that pupils have ways of letting the teacher know how confident they feel about their learning
- Involving pupils in assessing their own and others’ work
- Ensuring pupils receive feedback from teachers about how to improve as well as praise for their positive efforts
What strategies are we using in Dunipace Primary School?
RED – I find this very tricky
YELLOW – I find this quite tricky
GREEN – I find this easy
Mellow Yellow / Green for Go!
Increasing 'Wait Time'
Self and Peer Assessment
Effective Questioning and Think, Pair, Share
How does my child benefit from Formative Assessment ?
Pupils are more involved in their own learning and understand more about themselves as learners
- Pupil confidence and motivation increase because objectives are made clear
- Pupils are able to let the teacher know how confident they feel throughout the learning process
- Pupils get better at identifying what makes a good piece of work and saying how improvements can be made guided by “success points”
- Pupils feel included and actively involved in tasks
- Teachers can concentrate on the needs of individual pupils during lessons
- Teachers give more constructive feedback to pupils about what to keep doing well and how to make improvements
- Teachers and pupils will talk more about teaching and learning
We hope this leaflet has helped you to have a better understanding of the Formative Assessment strategies being used in the school. More importantly, we hope it allows you to support your child’s learning at home. Please do encourage your child to traffic light written homework tasks and their reading record.