Assessment in school is undertaken to ensure that all our children are making progress.
Assessment happens in a variety of ways across the school and measures in place allow teachers to track children's progress, identify areas of strength and also identify areas that need further work or support. This is shared with the children too so they are able to know 'the things that they need to get better at'.
Assessment is an ongoing process. Teachers will assess children's work on a daily basis through marking, discussions and feedback. More formal assessments may take place at the end of a unit of work or term. These assessments can consist of short tests or independent activities. Teachers ensure that children are supported as necessary, for example: working in small groups so that questions can be read or giving practical resources such as counters or cubes.
Assessments are made against National Curriculum statements for all subjects. In Maths, Reading, Writing and Science we use statements from 'Assertive Mentoring'. Using a criteria system we are able to identify whether a child is working towards, working at or working with a greater depth of the objectives for their relevant year group.
In Autumn Term and Spring Term we hold Parents' Evenings to share your child's progress and inform you of where they are working. If any concerns or issues arise in the meantime, we will of course inform you too. In Summer Term, a written report for your child is sent home and a Parents' Evening is also made available should you wish.
National Assessments take place in EYFS, Year One, Year Two, Year 4 and Year 6.
EYFS children are assessed against Early Learning Goals. These assessments are done through teacher observations of the children. They do not sit any formal tests.
Year 1 Phonics Screening takes place in the Summer Term of Year 1. Children work with an adult they know on a 1:1 basis reading a number of real and 'alien' words. This screening is to ascertain the number of children who have reached a secure level of phonetical knowledge.
Year 2 SATs, these are formal tests that children carry out in small groups during May. The tests are in Reading and Maths. There is also a teacher assessment made on writing too. These assessments are to identify the children who are working towards, working at or working at a Greater Depth level at the Key Stage One curriculum.
Year 4 Times Tables Screening, these are new for 2020. They will be carried out using computer software. Children will have a number of multiplication questions to respond to and a time limit in which to recall each one.
Year 6 SATs tests are taken in May. There are papers in Reading, Maths and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. Children will also have a teacher assessment made of their writing and science too. These assessments are to identify the children who are working towards, working at or working at a Greater Depth level at the Key Stage Two curriculum.
We endeavour to support and prepare your children for these National Assessments without creating any undue pressures. If you have any further questions, please do speak to your child's teacher.