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Assessment, Reporting & Homework

Teachers at Sacred Heart will continually observe and assess student learning in class. At various times a task or test may be set to more formally gather evidence of academic progress. The feedback provided to the teacher during observation and assessment allows the teacher and our teams to fine-tune the teaching strategies for individual students. Various opportunities are provided during the year to inform parents of their child’s progress. Parents receive two comprehensive written reports that come with supportive portfolios of work each year. We also invite them to attend Parent/Teacher interviews during the course of each school year.

In addition, parents are always welcome to arrange meetings with either teachers or members of the Leadership Team if they have any concerns or wish for more regular updates.

At the beginning of each school year, prior to the students starting, we hold individual assessment interviews. These interviews allow students and teachers to get reacquainted after the long summer break and also provide teachers with a current understanding of their students’ learning needs and goals.

Students in Years 3 and 5 participate in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), which tests their literacy and numeracy skills. The results of these tests, in conjunction with a range of data from other assessments give us information about children’s progress against national and state benchmarks.

What?
Why?
When?
Parent Information Session
Each Unit will present a 45 minute to 1 hour presentation to parents outlining expectations and requirements for students in that year level. (e.g. reading at home, homework, use of 1:1 devices, parent helpers, sports days, camps etc.)
Beginning of Term 1
Term Overviews
A written summary of the term’s key content for each Learning Area (see sample). The Term Overview forms part of our Assessment and Reporting process. It also ensures we meet our VCAA requirement for Whole School Curriculum Planning and Curriculum By Year Level.
Sent home to parents by the end of week 3 of each term.
Written Reports
A ‘dot’ graph rating the student’s achievement against curriculum benchmark for each learning area.
(Well Below – Well Above expectation)

A ‘dot’ graph rating the student’s learning dispositions.
(Poor – Excellent)

Personalised comments regarding the student’s learning profile and progress towards academic and social goals
June and December
Portfolios of Work
The Learning Portfolio/Journals is a hard-copy collection of annotated work samples that provides a snapshot of a child’s learning and evidence of the major achievements celebrated within the formal report.
June and December
Parent/Teacher Interviews
A 10 minute discussion between parents and teachers regarding the student’s achievements, needs, interests, preferences and progress.
Term 1, 2 and 3

Homework

We know that the majority of current research suggests that Homework is not particularly helpful at the primary level. However, many in our parent community support and request a homework routine, and we see some benefits in terms of preparing students for the demands of secondary education. We also believe that a minimally intrusive homework routine helps children develop independence and organisational skills.

Year Level
Reading (PRIORITY)
Other
Special Events
Prep
daily reading recorded in reading diary
nil
From time to time there will be ‘special’ homework tasks set by our Specialist Teachers or to help celebrate particular occasions. This will always be communicated in writing to parents.
One/Two
daily reading recorded in reading diary
One sheet of reinforcing Maths questions and one or two general knowledge questions.
Three/Four
daily reading for pleasure or purpose
Up to two sheets of reinforcing Maths questions and three to five general knowledge questions.
Five/Six
daily reading for pleasure or purpose
Two sheets of reinforcing Maths questions and around five general knowledge questions.

Homework will be set on Monday and corrected together in class on a Friday. Children who have not completed their homework will be able to do so in class during the correction session. We expect and encourage children to complete their homework and will be keeping a record and including a ‘homework’ mark on the child’s report, however, there is no ‘consequence’ for non-completion.

Laptop based homework will not generally be set, however, digital technologies may be used from time to time for purposeful reading or researching the answers to the general knowledge questions. This is at parents’ discretion.

The general knowledge questions are intended to promote parent involvement in learning, as parents may be able to give the answers, or help find the answers online.

Unlike in previous years, unfinished class work will not be sent home and children will not be expected to complete projects or assessment pieces at home. Children who need to finish off work they have not been able to complete in class will be supported to do so at school. This allows for valid, authentic assessment.