At Bagthorpe, the 'forest' was here long before the school! We are not sure how old the 'Top Woods' are (at the rear of the school) but Plantation Wood, next to the school was established approximately 100 years ago, about the same time as the main school building.
Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.
Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor education. The ethos is shared by thousands of trained practitioners across the UK and beyond. Its roots reach back to early years pioneers in outdoor learning and across the sea to Scandinavia.
Assessing and Tracking your Child's Progress at Bagthorpe
Assessment is where teachers check children's understanding during daily lessons, or through a test, to work out where they are secure and where they need more help. By doing this, teachers can work out the next steps in children's learning. Also where necessary, teachers can intervene and explain things in a different way, to help children understand.
Tracking is where we record children's assessments each term, to keep track of their progress in reading, writing and maths. We check each child's attainment (how well they are doing for their age) and their progress (how well they are doing based on their previous results) to make sure they are achieving their potential. This means we can pick up if they are falling behind and work out how to help them get back on track. We can also see which children need targeting to push on further.
It is our aim that all children should make expected progress and that as many as possible should exceed this. We believe that achieving academic success is crucial; we also believe that the development of personal qualities as defined in our Core Values is crucial. It is our aim to achieve the best of both, remaining mindful that, "Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts."
An Illustration to Help
Most parents, will be familiar with the chart that health visitors use to keep track of baby weight and growth development.
Regular checks pick up if this progress falls below where it should be and action can be taken to correct the situation
We do exactly the same with children's assessments by measuring their progress between two points in time. This helps us to see whether they are progressing at the same rate, speeding up or slowing down; we can then take the necessary action to address this.
Our priority at the moment is to keep a close eye on where your child is in relation to their age and to make sure that we are correctly identify the things they don’t fully understand and work our the right next steps in learning to help them make the best possible progress.
If you have any questions or concerns,
please do not hesitate to have a word with your child's class teacher.