At the Foundation Stage, children are assessed using the Early Learning Goals which set out the learning expectations for the majority of children by the end of the EYFS. This information is used to help with the planning and delivery of the National Curriculum as they enter Key Stage 1.
Throughout Key Stages 1 and 2 children’s progress in Reading, Writing and Maths is tracked each term. In all year groups, teacher assessment is used to identify strengths and areas for development, and help to target groups or individuals requiring particular support, including children with special educational needs and those of high ability.
Nationally required teacher assessments are carried out at the end of Key Stage 1 in Year 2 and at the end of Key Stage 2 in Year 6. Year 6 children also sit the national SATs tests in May.
Year 1 children are assessed through the National Phonics Screening Check in June. This is a short reading test of 40 real and phonically decodeable non-words which is carried out 1:1 with a teacher. This is used purely to inform teachers planning and teaching in Year 2. Children who experience difficulties with this test will receive some additional support in phonics in Year 2 and will repeat the test at the end of KS1 to assess their progress and review any support they may need.
Assessment for Learning in all subjects is used by teachers and teaching assistants on a daily basis, to inform their planning for the next stages of children’s learning. This assessment takes a variety of forms, for example: marking children’s work, observation of children at work, dialogue with children about their work, and concept maps completed by children.
Parent consultations are arranged in the Autumn and Spring Terms to discuss progress and achievement and written reports to parents are provided at the end of the Summer Term.