- link to the end of year and key stage expectations set out in the 2014 National Curriculum;
- include additional targets that have been developed by staff at Parkfield to ensure high expectations;
- are used by teachers regularly to assess what a pupil can do and identify what a child needs to work on to improve;
- are used during both guided reading lessons and when listening to a child independently reading;
- provide the basis for teacher assessment each term;
- are used to demonstrate the progress a pupil makes across the year.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the target sheets for?
The reading, writing and maths target sheets include the age related objectives that each child is expected to meet by the end of the academic year. Teachers use these target sheets when assessing to regularly record what a pupil can do and identify what a child needs to work on to improve.
We're incredibly proud of our targets because they've been personalised by our staff to ensure that we have high expectations at the school. Our targets have been requested and used by schools up and down the country because of their robustness and ease of use.
Why do you send out the targets?
Many schools don't share what's expected by the end of the year. However, we believe that showing a whole year's worth of objectives helps parents understand the expectations in that year group. We send the targets out at the end of Autumn and Spring so you can see the progress already made and what they need to work on next.
Why don't you send out a level?
Levels are not helpful. Although they may help you compare against others or give a snapshot measurement they don't tell you what your child can and can't do. This system helps identify the actual learning objective they need to learn in order to make progress.
What do the 'ticks' mean?
One tick on a target means that they've shown some understanding but they may not understand fully or be able to complete independently. Two ticks means that the target has been met. Three ticks means that they have a greater understanding of that target and can confidently use it in different contexts. For example, in maths, they will be able to solve problems and reason confidently on a target which has three ticks.
Why aren't many of the targets ticked?
In Autumn and Spring it is highly unlikely that all targets have been ticked. This is because many of the targets haven't been taught and we don't assess until after teaching a particular topic. Teachers focus on different objectives across each term so that by the end of the year all objectives have been covered in depth. For example, some of the maths curriculum won't be covered until the summer term.
What is the highlighting for?
The highlighting helps teachers identify the progress made by your child each term and ensure that they're on track.
My child isn't making the same progress as others in their class, why?
Every child makes progress at a different rate and has different starting points so please don't compare. We regularly track and monitor rates of progress so that we can intervene when necessary and ensure that each child achieves their very best.
When do you report how well they are doing?
We will only report on this in the summer term because during Autumn and Spring the vast majority of children will still be working towards the expected level. In their end of year report each child will be assessed as either 'Working towards', 'Working at' or 'Working at a greater depth/above' the age related expectations in reading, writing and maths.
How many targets does my child need to achieve to be at the expected level?
When the vast majority of the targets on a sheet are ticked twice the class teacher will assess your child as at the expected level. If a high number of targets are ticked three times, they maybe assessed by the teacher to be working at a greater depth.
How do I help my child?
Focus your support by helping with the targets that have only one tick or no ticks at all. When writing the sheets, we've tried to make the targets child and parent friendly. However, if you're unsure of what a target means please contact the class teacher and they'll be happy to assist.