St Dallan's school follows the guidance for statutory assessment provided by CEA.
This requires all schools to assess all pupils at the end of KS1 (Primary 4) and KS2 (Primary 7).At these stages in their education pupils are awarded an appropriate level in Numeracy and Literacy.
In recent years CEA has introduced the use of InCAS which is a diagnostic assessment for pupils in P4 - P7 to highlight pupils' strengths and areas for improvement in General Maths, Reading and English.
These results are reported to parents at the annual parent/teacher meeting in Term 1 each year.
To further complement the school's approach to assessment, the school has a robust system in using NFER standardised tests from P3-P7 in English, Maths, Spelling, Reading and NRIT. This data is managed on the Assessment Manager module of C2K SIMS.
The use of Assessment Manager enables the school to:
- analyse data - at class level/year group level/ KS1 level and whole school
- track individual pupils
- set targets for improvement for the pupils in these areas.
In St Dallan's, standardised tests are not used in the Foundation Stage (P1 & P2).
The school has developed a unique system linked to formative assessment in Numeracy and Literacy which is based on the learning needs of pupils in these formative years and directly linked to the curriculum in the Foundation Stage. This formative assessment is used by the school as a tool to monitor continuous progress of pupils throughout P1 & P2.
The outcomes of formative assessment are shared with the parents in Term 1 and 2. The use of formative assessment enables teachers to:
track pupils' progress at:
- individual level
- class level
- year group level
- Foundation Stage level
- identify interventions where necessary
- work in partnership with parents to enable pupils to progress in their learning
In St. Dallan's we offer our pupils many worthwhile and beneficial opportunities to enhance their learning experiences within the Northern Ireland Curriculum. Through our Educational Visits and Outreach Programmes our aim is to provide opportunities for our pupils to participate in activities and gain from experiences not available in our classrooms, while also contributing to the development of a wide range of personal and social skills.
Some of the Outreach Programmes held in St Dallan's include:
- 'Archaeological & Viking Workshop', The Magical History Tour
- 'Our Senses Workshop', Palace Stables
- 'Birds of Prey', RSPB
- This year for the first time the stars are coming to us through the StarDome portable planetarium.
Some of our Educational Visits include:
- Kilbroney Centre
- O'Hares Bakery, Warrenpoint
- Narrow Water Castle
- Silent Valley
- Slieve Gullion, Killeavy
- Bagenal's Castle, Newry
- Palace Stables, Armagh
- Castle Ward, Downpatrick
- Grand Opera House, Belfast
- Ulster Museum, Belfast