Critically Analyse How Formative Assessment May Support Pupils’ Learning in Early Reading Essay

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Introduction This essay aims to critically analyse how formative assessment may support pupils’ learning in early reading. To be able to do this effectively this essay will follow a specific structure. Firstly, I will give an overview of formative assessment including how formative assessment fits in with current policy, background research and findings of formative assessment, and how formative assessment can be used effectively. Next, I will discuss the Rose Review and how this was significant in changing policies of how children learn to read, why synthetic phonics programmes were recommended and how the simple view of reading forms a central part of the Primary National Strategy’s view of literacy learning. I will then discuss influential psychologists and how their theories can be used to explain the development of early reading. This will be followed by a breakdown of how children learn to read including the effectiveness of a synthetic phonics programme. The use of segmenting, blending and phoneme manipulation will also be discussed. Following this I will discuss my observations of formative assessment on early reading during my school attachments. I will identify practices I found to be valuable and those I thought could be improved. During this section I will discuss the Letters and Sounds and the Sounds-Write phonics programmes. I will then reflect on the practices of formative assessment that I have observed being used, highlighting the good points and offering suggestions for improvement for practices I thought were not very effective. Finally, I will conclude my essay and will determine how formative assessment may support pupils’ learning in early reading. Overview of formative assessment Assessment within the education system is an important process and serves many different purposes. According to Black (1993) there are three broad reasons for

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