Curriculum & Assessment

Summary of Assessment – Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception)

Children in Foundation Stage are assessed in the first few weeks of entering Nursery and Reception.  This is done in an informal manner; staff listening and making observations of the children as they work and play.  We use the Early Excellence baseline assessment materials, in line with other schools in our area.  This helps staff to make sure that the provision in Foundation Stage is well matched to the needs of the children. Observations and discussions with pupils, across the range of activities and opportunities provided, continue throughout the year to ensure that all our children are making progress in their learning.

Summary of Assessment – Years 1-6

Since September 2014, we have been following the new National Curriculum and therefore have made changes to the assessment systems that we use.

We are using a system developed in Sheffield hosted by Educater.  Staff continuously assess pupils, enabling them to deliver the best education for your child.

Each year group has a set of objectives that they are taught and against which the pupils are assessed.  Therefore, a child in Year 2 will be assessed using the Year 2 assessment materials in Reading, Writing, S.P.a.G. (Spelling, punctuation and grammar) and Maths.

Children will be assessed against objectives, using a 3 star system.  1 star refers to a child developing their understanding of the objective.   2 stars relates to greater confidence and proficiency as they are securing their knowledge. 3 stars shows that a child is extending their knowledge, and can demonstrate their understanding in a range of ways.

The total number of stars awarded is then converted into a statement of attainment.  The aim is for the majority of pupils to achieve ‘Secure’ by the end of the Summer term.

Religious Education is assessed using the same system, against the interim assessment framework used by other schools in the diocese.

Other Subjects: (Art and Design, Citizenship, Computing, Design and Technology, Languages, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education).  Pupils are assessed throughout the year against the National Curriculum in the same way as all other subjects, using the 3 star system.

Formal Assessment:

There are some statutory assessments that form part of our assessment system.

Phonics Test:  In order to help our pupils read, spell and write, they are taught phonics.  At the end of Year 1, they will be assessed to see how well they have developed their phonics knowledge. They will be asked to read a range of words and sets of letters.  This will generate a score.  Children who do not reach the required score will be re-tested at the end of Year 2 to ensure that they are ready to meet the Key Stage 2 curriculum.

End of Key Stage 1 – SATs

In Year 2, all children are assessed using Standard Attainment Tests or SATs.  These assess children in Reading, Grammar and Spelling and Maths. These tests are taken during May and will be used to inform the teacher about a child’s attainment.  Writing is assessed by the teacher using a range of work across the year to inform their judgements.  These assessments are used to help tailor the curriculum to the needs of the children and to help  measure the progress that individual pupils have made in Key Stage 1.

Year 4 Multiplication Assessment

From 2019 – 2020, pupils in Year 4 will complete a digital multiplication assessment as part of the statutory assessment program. This tests pupils on the speed of their recall of multiplication facts up to 12 x 12.

End of Key Stage 2 – SATs

In Year 6, pupils are assessed using SATs.  These assess children in Reading, Maths and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling.  These tests are taken during a week in May and will be used to inform the teacher about the child’s attainment.  Writing is assessed by the teacher using a range of work across the year to inform their judgements.  These assessments are used to measure the progress that the individual pupils have made in Key Stage 2.  This information is passed onto their secondary school.

Please speak to your class teacher if you are at all concerned, or would like more information about assessment.