Pupil progress/ self-assessment – TS 2

I have recently been researching the use of self-assessment strategies and have introduced some in my class.

Following a discussion with my mentor, I decided to research some self-assessment strategies I could introduce into my year 1 class. One of the strategies I came across was getting the children to move their name into a green, yellow or red circle on the interactive whiteboard depending on how they felt about the lesson. I decided that this would not suit my class as I have some very shy pupils and I would possibly not get a true reflection on how they felt about the lesson in this public way.

Instead, I have introduced green, yellow and red stickers for them to stick in their books next to the learning question for that lesson. I put the stickers away from their tables so they can do this away from the table they are sat on. I keep the learning question up on the board throughout the lesson along with clear steps for success (example below is a slide from one of my maths lessons). I also use thumbs up, middle or down after the carpet session to see how children feel about the learning question so far or to make sure they understand what they need to do next. I also stop half way through learning activity time for a quick ‘check-in’ with how they are getting on.

I am giving myself the opportunity to pick up and support children who need it. I am also providing the children with several opportunities to reach the success criteria, whilst also ensuring they know they have support throughout the lesson. This ties in with TS2, which states children must regularly be provided with the opportunity to reflect on their own learning.

I have found that the introduction of self-assessment has given me a much clearer picture when I am marking as I feel I am being more effective giving feedback and next steps if I know how they felt about the concept of the lesson themselves. Sharing clear steps for success throughout the lesson and getting the children to self-assess are simple ways of promoting pupil progress in each lesson and allows for independent and autonomous learning (TS2).

Next Steps

-I will continue to research ways to ensure children make good progress throughout the lessons and the year.

-Continue to consider prior learning to plan future lessons.

-Continue to set appropriately differentiated challenging tasks for children to ensure progress.

-Continue to reflect on the effectiveness of these self-assessment strategies.