We believe that effective assessment provides information to improve teaching and learning. We give our children regular feedback on their learning (and also involve them in evaluating their learning for themselves) so that they understand what it is that they need to do better. This allows us to base our planning on a detailed knowledge of each pupil. We give parents regular reports on their child’s progress so that teachers, children and parents are all working together to raise standards for all our children.
In EYFS, children are assessed on entry to Nursery by the class teacher using the Early Years Curriculum. This gives the teacher a ‘baseline’ from which progress throughout their time in Nursery is based. Assessments then continue ½ termly. Planning is based on the gaps in the assessments.
Children are assessed within the first 6 weeks of Reception by the class teacher using the Early Years Curriculum. This gives the teacher a ‘baseline’ from which progress throughout their time in Reception is based. Assessments then continue ½ termly.Planning is based on the gaps in the assessments.
At the end of Reception, children are assessed using the Foundation Stage Profile (FSP). Teaching in EYFS is based on children’s needs and interests and follows the EYFS curriculum.
Assessments take place ½ termly from Year 1-6 in reading, writing, SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) and Maths. Teachers use a range of evidence to inform their judgement of where a child is working including tests, observation, questioning, written and oral work. The teacher refers to the National Curriculum to make a judgement of emerging, developing, secure or mastered for each year group. ‘Secure’ is judged to be the national expectation.
Phonics is assessed ½ termly in Reception-Year 3 (where appropriate).
For foundation subjects, we have adopted a whole school approach using the criteria emerging, expected and exceeding in order to track which pupils are on track for their age related expectation.
We are continually reviewing our assessment principles in line with changes to the National Curriculum.