In modern classrooms, the requirements on teachers continue to grow and grow, putting an ever-increasing squeeze on the time available for essential tasks such as curriculum planning, recording assessment and monitoring pupil performance.
When we first started work on developing SIMS Primary, the newest iteration of SIMS, we made it one of our key goals to try and address the needs of busy teachers and reduce the time needed for the completion of some everyday tasks.
With your pupils’ faces proudly displayed on screen in front of you imagine how easy it would be to complete the register, award several achievement points or indicate who has successfully completed this week’s times tables challenge by simply tapping on an image and recording the relevant information on one clear, easy-to-read screen. This is all available at your fingertips with SIMS Primary.
Real-time information about your class
As a busy teacher you need quick and easy access to a host of information to help manage your class and support teaching practices. With the SIMS Primary class log you can record or check attendance, make a quick note about any learning or pastoral concerns, record evidence of academic attainment, and award points for good behaviour. By using the class log, all of this information is readily available in one central place as and when you need it whether you’re active in class, about to meet with parents or due to write termly reports. You can be sure to know exactly how each child in your class is performing.
Planning and teaching the curriculum
Now imagine if your curriculum planning fed directly into your assessment tracking solution and communicated your teaching focus to parents and pupils as part of one simple process; in SIMS Primary that’s exactly what happens.
Not only can you plan your curriculum using whichever Programme of Study framework or scheme your school follows, you can automatically generate assessment tracking and analysis to reflect this criteria and produce posters to print and display in class for pupils, or publish online to parents all as part of one simple time-saving topic and curriculum management process.
With your learning objectives in place setting out clear expectations for achievement each term, year and key stage you can focus on teaching, knowing that when it’s time to record any teacher assessments or indicate progress is being made you will have the ability to do this against criteria that suits your needs, in the depth of detail that’s right for you and your school.
Should your school favour a more summative assessment approach, your central assessments can be pulled into one marksheet that you as the class teacher can control; if you want to add your own column for this week’s spelling test results, go ahead. If you need to hone in on all things maths-related in the spring term or show analysis details of a particular assessment you can, quickly and easily.
Not only does SIMS Primary help you take ownership of your class information so you can understand how your pupils and key groups are performing, it also enables you to recognise where progress is being made. Select any criteria important to you, such as teacher assessments or tests or areas such as effort, attitude towards learning and wellbeing. Whatever you need to asses SIMS Primary has it covered.
Whether it’s fulfilling your statutory assessment and reporting arrangements or supporting your internal assessment criteria, SIMS Primary helps to pull outcomes together. By providing access to all your key data in this way, SIMS Primary offers you valuable insights into areas of strength and need that can help shape future teaching strategies and support pupils to achieve their full potential.