OUR BELIEFS ABOUT ASSESSMENT
At Abacus we believe assessment is integral to all teaching and learning; that assessment is continuous and that we should assess the process of inquiry as well as the products of inquiry.
The main aim of assessment at Abacus is to provide feedback on the learning process in order to support and improve teaching and learning. Assessment uses a range of tools and strategies that take into account the diversity of students’ learning to gather and analyse information about student performance. Assessments focus on all five essential areas of learning; the acquisition of knowledge, the understanding of concepts, the mastering of skills, the development of attitudes and how children take action.
We believe that effective assessment is dependent on a partnership between student, teachers and parents who should all understand and be actively involved in the assessment process.
The assessment component in the school’s curriculum can be subdivided into three areas.
• Assessing – how we discover what the students know and have learned
• Recording – how we choose to collect and analyse data
• Reporting – how we choose to communicate information about what students know, understand and can do.
The assessment of students development and learning is an essential component of the curriculum, and helps to inform continued development, learning and teaching.
At Abacus students are observed in a variety of situations and a wide range of formative and summative assessment strategies are employed, which allow students to demonstrate their achievements.
Assessment in the classroom includes:
• using samples of students’ work to provide information about student learning against our outcomes
• collecting evidence of students’ understanding and thinking through observation and discussion
• documenting the learning processes of groups and individuals
• engaging students in reflecting on their learning
• Students assessing work produced by themselves and by others
At Abacus we aim to use a range of methods and approaches to gather information about a students learning.
Teachers use a range of methods to document the evidence of student learning and understanding. This at times includes video, audio, photographs and graphic representations. Teachers also have written records of conversations, comments, explanations and hypotheses as well as annotated pieces of students’ work that form part of a student portfolio.
Reporting on assessment at Abacus includes communicating what students know, understand and can do. Reporting involves parents, students and teachers as partners.
Reporting to parents, students and teachers occurs through:
• Parent-teacher conferences in term 1 and term 2
• Shared learning days
The purpose of these conferences is to share information about student progress and to set targets for further development. Mid year targets are set with students and shared with parents at the celebration of learning day.
Shared Learning Days
Shared learning days takes place in term 2 for K1 and term 3 for K2. This is an opportunity for students to share their learning with their parents in the regular learning environment.
The Shared Learning Day consists of;
- Art exhibition day in K1
- Story Sharing day in K2
The days are organised into six 60 minute sessions with 8 families at each session.
The Moodle E-Portfolio
The purpose of the e-portfolio is to show evidence of student learning and next steps. It is an integral part of the school’s reporting program and an effective means of three-way communication between parents, students and teachers.
Each student has his/her own Portfolio, which is shared with parents online.
The portfolio is:
• compiled by the teacher with input from the children
• accessible to families at all times
• updated regularly by teachers
• downloadable to be taken home at the end of the 2 years
• Are available on Moodle for parents to comment on and upload evidence to
• Are shared with parents twice a year, in December and at the end of the school year.
• Report on understanding of each unit of inquiry including evidence of understanding of the central idea, development of skills, attitudes and attributes of the learner profile and evidence of action.
• Report on achievement in mathematics, English and Chinese
• Includes opportunities for parents to comment on their child’s progress
• Are available on Moodle for parents to comment on and download
The purpose of the report is to provide a summative record of progress for students, parents and the school and to document targets for further development.
Please find our assessment policy here.
At Abacus ESF kindergarten we believe that language is fundamental to learning, thinking and communicating and permeates the whole curriculum. We believe it is necessary not only to learn a language, but also learn about language and through language. We believe language learning should take place in authentic, meaningful contexts and constitute part of children’s daily life at school. We believe language learning should be visible throughout the school in a wide range of contexts.
At Abacus we recognise that parents are children’s first language educators. We encourage parents to celebrate and maintain their mother tongue and to be actively involved in their children’s language development. Children come to school with many different languages, all of which are valued equally.
All teachers at Abacus Kindergarten are considered to be language teachers, and the language development of our students is the shared responsibility of all teachers, educational assistants, parents and students. Language does not operate in isolation and is integral in enabling children to make meaning of the world around them. We recognise that the most conducive environment to language learning is a positive and supportive one. We acknowledge that children are at different developmental stages and they have a variety of learning styles which we aim to cater for through a differentiated language curriculum.
We aim for children to be thoughtful, reflective communicators who are able to share their ideas, and grow in their understanding and appreciation of the world around them.
All students in the PYP programme are required to study at least one language in addition to English. At Abacus Chinese is taught across all year levels.
Our Language policy can be found here.
Special Educational Needs Policy
Abacus is an inclusive school, we endeavour to celebrate and cater for the diverse needs of the community through differentiation of our programme and appropriate placement of resources.
Our SEN policy can be found here.