Children in the Foundation Stage (Nursery & Reception)
If you have a child in Foundation Stage, FS1 or FS2 they follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The aim is for the children to be achieving the Early Learning Goals by the end of reception Year (FS2) The children also have to achieve particular Early Learning Goals to gain a Good Level of Development. The Foundation team will talk to you about this during the year and you will be able to see how they are getting along. There are lots of documents explaining more about the EYFS Curriculum and its assessment on the 'Our Curriculum' page of our website.
Children in Years 1-6
If your child is in Years 1-6 they follow the National Curriculum. Any assessment system a school uses has to assess a child against the objectives in the National Curriculum subjects relevant to their age and then provide a judgment as to whether a child is working below expectations for their year group/age, is at expectations for their year group/age or is above/exceeding expectations.
Our assessment model works by giving a child a score from 1-8
1-Working outside year group expectations
2-Well below National Standard (Entering/working towards expectations)
3-Below National Standard (Developing/Working towards expectations)
4-Working towards National Standard (Developing)
5-At the National Standard (Meeting Expectations)
6-Above the National Standard (Working at Greater Depth)
7-Mastery of the National (Working at Greater Depth)
8-Exceptional Standard (Working at Greater Depth)
Deciding what score to give a child depends on how many of the objectives a child has achieved in that particular subject.
To gain a score of 5 which puts a child at Meeting National Expectations for their year group, a child has to achieve all of the objectives in that subject for their year group.
Children are assessed formally in Maths, Reading and Writing (which includes spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Science.
The children will be assessed against the objectives they have to cover for their year group as part of an ongoing process throughout the year. This includes observing the children in class, recording answers to questions, looking at their work and a whole manner of other day to day activities teachers put in place to both teach and then assess the children’s learning. We call this Formative Assessment. Children’s progress against the objectives is then recorded on our school tracking system so we are building an ongoing picture of their achievement. Every so often the children may then be given a more formal assessment such as an end of a topic in maths or a reading activity that involves assessing a range of reading objectives or a writing activity whereby the teacher will be looking for the child to demonstrate as many objectives as possible. We call this Summative Assessment. This involves assessing a few objectives at a time or providing an overall picture of the children’s learning in that subject at a given time.
For the majority of children we would hope they would be a ‘5’ which demonstrates your child is working at the National Standard for their year group/age. In short they are where they should be. However, there will be some children working towards or at greater depth and some children may be working outside of their year group/age expectation.
Progress Year on Year
For a child to be making good progress the expectation is that they will achieve the same numerical score each year. For example, if they achieve a 5 in Year 2 and go onto achieve a 5 in year 3, this is good progress as they are maintaining achievement at the National Standard. When all children first enter a year group, they will be working at a 2 or 3 even for a short while as they have not covered any or many of the objectives for their particular year group as yet. By the end of the year however, the children should have reached the target they were et at the beginning of the year.
National Assessments/End of Year Testing
At the end of the Year schools have to submit end of Key Stage Assessment Data and take part in National Testing.
Throughout the year we make constant assessments on the children to help and support them reach their goals and potential. Careful interventions take place to ensure children are able to this.