Formative Assessment – What is it?
- involves identifying learning intentions and success criteria
- discussion of learning with pupil through the teacher’s use of effective questioning
- providing feedback to pupils about their learning
- active involvement of pupils in assessing their own learning
- parents as partners in assessment
What is a Learning Intention?
“Learners learn best when they understand what they are learning and what is expected of them.”
A learning intention is a statement that sets out what children will be learning.
In class we often call these our OLI’s (Our Learning Intentions)
A Learning Intention would be displayed in the classroom and the children would be clear about what was being learnt.
A Learning Intention may also be written by a child into their jotter, to focus on their learning.
The OLI is clear and meaningful in language that is appropriate for the age and stage of the child. Examples could be:
“I am learning to ….”
“I will learn to think about…”
What is Success Criteria?
Children may ask – how do I know if I have been successful in my learning?
This is why we use Success Criteria. This lets children know whether they have successfully achieved their Learning Intention.
It helps children to focus on learning as a process rather than an end result.
Children may use the phrases:
My next step is …
I am working towards …
Children can self-assess or peer assess against the Success Criteria.
Older children can, through discussion with staff, set their own Success Criteria.
Peer and Self- assessment – What’s in it for our pupils?
• Peer assessment is when children discuss each other’s learning and give feedback on strengths and areas to develop.
This would be discussed with the teacher as well.
• Self-assessment is when a child assesses their own work and identifies their next steps in learning.
Again this will be discussed with the teacher.
• It helps pupils feel more secure about not always being right
• It helps pupils become more responsible for their own learning
• It helps pupils to become more confident, motivated and independent