Homework & Exams
The school day at Chinthurst School is busy and full and, therefore, pupils are not expected to spend hours working after school at home. Prep is set to provide reinforcement or consolidation work for topics covered in lessons and does increase in intensity as pupils move through the School. In Year 3, pupils are expected to read their reading book, learn their weekly spellings and Maths tables. Year 4 pupils are expected to do much the same, with the addition of a piece of written work each night. This might be some written Maths or English work taking approximately twenty minutes. In Years 5 and 6, pupils will be set up to two written preps per nights, taking approximately twenty minutes to complete each. Spelling, reading and the learning of Maths tables will be ongoing where appropriate. A prep timetable is issued to all pupils at the start of the term and they are responsible for writing each prep into their Prep Diary.
All pupils are assessed at regular intervals and parents are informed of progress. If any child is not making the necessary academic progress after an initial settling-in period a meeting is organised with parents as soon as possible to work out a route to resolving the situation. This may include the use of a Target Card, or the creation of an Individual Educational Plan, that sets out specific milestones to be achieved in class.
The aim of the assessment system is to provide interim written feedback to pupils and parents during the year about how they are progressing at school. In Pre-Prep, pupils receive a written report at the end of each term. The Form Tutor talks through the assessment sheet with each pupil individually and discusses a suitable target or targets to achieve over the next half term. In addition to the regular informal feedback for parents, there is also a formal Parents' Evening, which takes place in the Spring Term.
In Years 3-6, the assessment routine is a regular one:
- Each half-term: Interim grades (Effort & Achievement)
- End of Autumn & Summer Terms: Full written report
- End of Spring Term: Summary Report (Effort & Achievement grades plus Form Tutor comment)
- Parents' Evenings: Autumn & Spring Terms
All pupils take formal tests or examinations twice a year. This testing helps them to get used to working under exam conditions from an early age. Year 3-5 pupils complete summative tests, in their classrooms on the work covered that term, whilst the Year 6 pupils take more formal examinations helping to prepare them for the exam conditions they can expect when they sit their Senior School screening exams in Year 6.