At Vernon Primary School, the children, staff and parents are very proud of the children’s study books. Each year, from Year 1 in Key Stage 1, up to Year 6 in Key Stage 2, children create a study book each term relating to their class theme. These books showcase the final end points of each unit of work, ready to be both assessed by their teacher and self-assessed by the pupil.
The study book brings together the final pieces for Science and every Foundation subject, demonstrating what the children have learnt in each unit within the termyl theme. It provides the children, teachers and parents with a talking point for learning theme and enables teachers to assess knowledge and skills from every subject.
Work is presented in a range of different ways to excite, engage and motivate the children to learn and then to celebrate their work once collected in their study book. The work may be presented in different ways: it may be mounted work, in little books, a QR code, it may include photos or pop out work. This method develops children's independence and creativity, two of our curriculum values.
Throughout Key Stage 1, children are supported in presenting their work; children are involved in discussion of what could go in their study book and how it could be presented. The children develop their skills of cutting, tearing and sticking to take ownership of their own work and study book.
As children move through Key Stage 2, this develops to become increasingly child-led and by Year 6, children will be making their own study books and presenting them themselves, encouraging more individuality.
At the back of the study book, there is an assessment sheet where the teacher can assess the children’s end point pieces within the study book related to objectives from the National Curriculum. The children also self-assess their own study books. These assessments will highlight how the children have completed a piece of work (individually, through group or whole class work) and then evaluate it, showing whether a child has achieved the objective.
The children take these books home at the end of each school year. They are proud to showcase their final pieces for each subject within an innovative, creative termly book.