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.
Along with most schools in Sheffield, we are using a system developed in Sheffield called ‘STAT’ (School Tracking and Assessment Tools). Staff are using these resources to 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 beginning to understand or demonstrate the objective. 2 stars relates to greater confidence and proficiency as they are developing their knowledge. 3 stars shows that a child is fully secure in the objective 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, showing that they have mastered their specific year group objectives.
Overview of Y1-Y6:
Religious Education is assessed using a different system that links with the curriculum resources that we use, called ‘Come and See’. Each term, the children are asked to complete a task that helps them to demonstrate the learning from the previous term. Staff collect this, alongside evidence from lessons and in the children’s books to create a profile of each child’s progress.
Other Subjects: (Art and Design, Citizenship, Computing, Design and Technology, Languages, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education).
Pupils will be assessed throughout the year against the National Curriculum. A statement about pupils’ achievement will explain whether or not they have met the standard for their year group.
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.
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.
Key Stage 2 – SATs
In Year 6, all children 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.