In September 2015, we, along with all other schools in England, made major changes to the way in which we assess the attainment and progress of children in Year 1 to Year 6. This change has been made in response to the new National Curriculum which was introduced by the government in 2014.
This booklet gives a comprehensive introduction to parents in Years 1 to 6 of how the new system works and how we will be using it to support your child's learning.
In school, we work really hard to instil pride into children for their work. Every piece of work is marked in line with school policy to ensure that they make at least good progress in every session as well as over time.
National Curriculum Assessments
During their time in school, every child in England is required to sit a range of tests which are designed to track their attainment and progress as they move through their education. The information and links below are there to inform you about the tests which your child will sit. If you require more information please speak to your child’s class teacher.
Reception Baseline Assessment
Throughout the first 6 weeks of the academic year, class teachers will be assessing the entry attainment of each child in their class. Children will be assessed against 47 statements that cover the Characteristics of Effective Learning, all three Prime Areas (PSED, C&L, PD) and the Specific Areas of Literacy and Maths. The following link gives you some of the statement examples. http://earlyexcellence.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/EExBA_R_Statement_Examples.pdf
The assessment does not include any predetermined tasks or tests and does not disrupt settling in routines. Instead, as part of their everyday practice teachers build their knowledge of each child through their observations, interactions and every day activities. They use this professional knowledge to make a series of judgements about each child based on a clear set of assessment criteria.
This information is not reported directly to parents; however if you would like to know how your child did in this assessment make an appointment with your child’s teacher during term 2.
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check
During their time in EYFS and KS1, children are taught to read through daily phonics sessions. At the end of Year 1 children are formally tested, by their teacher, to see if they have reached the national standard. The following link will take your to a government website where you can view and download sample test materials. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/phonics-screening-check-2015-materials When you receive your child’s report at the end of the year it will contain information about how your child performed in this test.
KS1 and KS2 National Curriculum Assessments
In term 5, every child in Year 2 and Year 6 will sit a series of tests which are used, alongside teacher assessments, to measure the attainment and progress of children. This year these tests have be redesigned to reflect the new curriculum requirements which were introduced in September 2014. Children will now take formal tests in spelling, grammar and punctuation, mathematics and reading. In order to ensure that children are well prepared for these tests, teachers will give children opportunities throughout the year to take similar tests. The following link will take you to a government website where you can view and download sample test materials. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum-assessments-2016-sample-materials
When you receive your child’s report at the end of the year it will contain information about how your child performed in these tests.