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Our Assessment System

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

Assessment at Dalestorth


Under the DfE regulations, pupils are taught their own year group expectations throughout the school year, ensuring skills, knowledge and understanding are embedded and can be used and applied in a range of different and increasingly challenging situations.

We have worked hard at Dalestorth to formulate a system that gives us accurate judgements of our children, but this also allows us to ensure that each of our children reach their full potential. We are concentrating on the marking of work, feedback to children, planning from and for the National Curriculum and ensuring assessment throughout the lesson moves the children’s learning forward. Alongside this, ‘testing’ continues to be used at various points, as appropriate, to inform teacher assessment at the end of a topic, term and year.


Teacher Assessment

Your child’s teacher assessment will be recorded as: 

Well below age related expectations 

Just below age related expectations 

Meeting age related expectations 

Working at greater depth 


A Teacher Assessment is given in: Reading, Writing, English Grammar Punctuation & Spelling and Maths.


If your child has not made the progress we would hope, their next class teacher will ensure they receive extra support either in class or as an intervention and their progress will be closely monitored. Please feel free to talk to your child’s teacher if you have any questions.


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.

  • End of EYFS - All Data is collected on children's performance in the Early Learning Goals and whether they have achieved a 'Good Level of Development'.
  • Year 1 - Children take part in the Phonics Screening Test.
  • Year 4 - Children take part in the Multiplication Tables Check.
  • National tests take place at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6) The children take these tests in May.
  • Children in all other Year Groups are given End of Year Summative Assessments to determine where they are and whether they have met the targets set for them.


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.