Assessment for Learning
The purpose of the sheets is to support teachers in communicating the objectives of the units to the children and to provide the children with the opportunity to reflect upon their learning and, with some guidance, record their achievements. They can therefore make a valuable contribution to a school's approach to Assessment for Learning.
The sheets can also be helpful in target setting for groups or individuals. Teachers may sharing with the children the fact that there are three groups of objectives which increase in challenge, and agree with individuals the band which they should normally expect to acheive.
The groups of "learning outcome statements" are slight re-phrasings of those printed in the EXPECTATIONS section found on the front page of each of the QCA units. Each of these sections has statements prefaced by "at the end of this unit most children will...", "some children will not have made so much progress and will..." and "some children will have progressed further and will also..."
In converting these statements to "I can..." statements I have avoided simplifying the science terminology but have, in some cases, altered other non-science vocabulary without, I hope, changing the meaning!
On these pupils' sheets I have also placed the groups of statements in order with the "some children will not have made so much progress and will" first, the "most children will" second and the "some children will have progressed further and will also" last. For obvious reasons, however, these epithets have been left out! Where the identical statement appears in the "some children will not have made so much progress and will" and the "most children will" sections of the QCA Expectations list, I have only included it once, placing it in the first section.
Many thanks to Jenny Clarke for proof reading the sheets.
For similar pupil target/record sheets in maths and ICT, follow the links below: