Assessment within science is a constant process. We assess our students at the end of each module to build up a picture of their progress and achievement throughout the year.
We use a combination of tests, homework projects and Badger assessments to gauge the progress of students. This gives a much more holistic and continuous view of how a student progresses and targets a range of personal skills; such as research, application of knowledge alongside direct recall of information.
We then build up a profile throughout the year in student assessment folders. These folders are used by the students to store their assessments and to show their progress year on year.
We are also now doing end of year testing in year 7,8 and 9. This is to help pupils to adjust to the idea of remembering information for longer periods of time. This will help to prepare pupils for the linear style new GCSE examination systems.
The year 9 pupils sit a GCSE mock paper based on the GCSE subject material covered in the last term of year 9.
As well as this formal assessment system all staff use Assessment for Learning (AfL) within lessons to help judge continual understanding of concepts and ideas. This gives a more immediate feedback for both staff and students.
It is extremely important to us within science that students also work to develop their independent learning skills. To help them with this we have introduced peer assessment across the year groups. This marking and assessment helps students to inform on each other’s progress and to develop their understanding of what makes a good piece of work. This peer assessment is then checked by staff.