Meredith Infant School introduces video reports to put children at heart of the process

Grayson Hookey (six), with mum Samantha Gibbs and teacher Vanessa Evans. 'Picture Ian Hargreaves  (151208-8)
Grayson Hookey (six), with mum Samantha Gibbs and teacher Vanessa Evans. 'Picture Ian Hargreaves (151208-8)
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It has been an interesting year for schools as we have needed to embrace a new primary national curriculum, one which the government has said has ‘given us the freedom to shape the curriculum to the needs of our pupils’, writes deputy head of Meredith Infants’ School Sharon Peckham.

Here at Meredith Infants’ we have been excited by the curriculum changes as we feel it has given us more quality time to invest in our children.

Our role as teachers is to nurture children and to help them understand themselves and their own needs.

We also want children to talk about their learning habits, be able to express how they like to learn and understand that mistakes are a valuable part of learning.

We are a BLP school (Building Learning Power) and we have classroom puppet learning heroes that the children aspire to be like, such as Tough Turtle who teaches us never to give up.

Throughout the year we have been committed to giving children feedback about their learning during the lesson so children know how to move forward and can be part of thinking about their own next steps.

Ultimately we are teaching children that with hard work and determination they can achieve.

As the year was drawing to a close, our thoughts turned to the summer reporting process. We wanted to capture children’s gains in the whole curriculum, including BLP and developing a positive mind set.

Our aim was to place children at the heart of the reporting process and decided that the best way we could do this was to video each child’s report.

We wanted to enable children to speak freely about their learning experiences within the year, express their pride at overcoming challenges and explain their own steps towards mastering new skills and knowledge.

With a lot of support from Rocket IT services we recorded each child using ipads and e-mailed every parent the video so they could share their child’s report with their family.

We then held a family consultation day where parents, child and teacher sat together to watch the video to allow an opportunity to jointly celebrate the child’s achievements.

The new way of reporting was fondly received by children, parents and their teachers.

One parent wrote: ‘I think it is an excellent way of getting children to get more involved in recognising their own achievements and what needs to improve.

‘It’s fantastic for keeping memories and showing the rest of the family.’