Assessing Development Year 2 trial

Here is a guide to the different ‘Assessment Sheets’ for both student and teacher. Teachers will need to become familiar with all types of assessment. Various sheets can be downloaded from this section. Scroll down for explanations about the following assessment documents:

  1. The ‘Crescendo’ Ladder: Teacher
  2. The Development Chart: Teacher
  3. Questioning Sheets: Teacher
  4. Musical Terms: Student
  5. Story: Student
  6. Self-Assessment [optional]: Student

1. The ‘Crescendo’ Ladder

What is the Ladder?: The ladder explains the different skills that should be developed through the programme. Level 1 is the lowest, level 5 is the highest:

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What is a Crescendo?: Crescendo is the Italian word for ‘growing’, and the musical term for ‘getting gradually louder’. This is what a crescendo symbol looks like: Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 06.25.52

Assessment by Topic: Each topic comes with it’s own ladder, which can be found in the ‘Assessment & Homework’ section for each lesson.

2. The Development Chart

This is a simple chart to help you track each pupil’s development throughout the pack. It uses a ‘traffic light’ colour code in order to make tracking simpler. You will need to download and print a sheet for each pupil (scroll to bottom of the page), and keep it for the entire programme. You can either ‘tick’ boxes, or add a number from the ‘Crescendo Ladder’ (above).

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3. Questioning

Question sheets are provided within ‘Assessment & Homework’ for each lesson. Here is an example of the questioning sheet, from Lesson 1:

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4. Musical Terms: (for students)

New musical vocabulary will be introduced each lesson. To assess understanding of these terms, activity sheets are provided in the ‘Assessment & Homework’ section of each lesson. There are also tips for how to use these sheets when student English and literacy levels vary. The example below has been taken from Lesson 1, where the students must connect words to the corresponding pictures: :

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5. Story: (for students)

Most lessons introduce new parts of the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ story. To assess understanding of story events, activity sheets are provided in the ‘Assessment & Homework’ section of each lesson. There are also tips for how to use these sheets when student English and literacy levels vary. The example below has been taken from Lesson 1, where the students must write a word in the blanks above the corresponding picture:

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6. Self-Assessment [optional]: (for students)

This is an OPTIONAL assessment sheet. Self-assessment should start as early as possible once pupils have settled into the school year, and at the discretion of the teacher. 

Self-assessment is a crucial life skill that enables students to reflect on their work, leading to more independent learning. Providing the students with the worksheet below (from Lesson 1) is optional. However, if chosen not to use the sheets, it is encouraged that teachers verbally discuss the points with each student (one-on-one). This will form a stronger relationship between student and teacher, whilst also achieving the goals of self-assessment.

Either way, answers on the sheet or from verbal discussions should lead to a second discussion: The teacher can ask each student how they feel they can improve in areas of difficulty.

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Downloadable Sheets: (Make sure these pages are printed landscape!)

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