Children are assessed throughout their time in Foundation through observations, questioning and direct teaching. They are given the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge through investigation and exploration. A Learning Journey is developed for each child using written observations, photographic evidence and examples of children’s work. Your contribution to your child’s assessment is vital and we appreciate any information you can give towards their Learning Journeys about how your child is developing, what new skills they have gained and their interests. Our main learning objectives are displayed in the classroom to show you what our focus is for that term in each area of learning.
At the end of the Early Years Foundation stage, which is at the end of the Summer Term in Foundation Two, we complete a detailed EYFS Profile assessment. This summarises your child’s learning and development in each area of learning and children are given a judgement of emerging (1), expected (2) or exceeding (3) in each. We will discuss the profile with you at parents’ sessions and in your child’s end of term report.
In Year Groups 1-6 we follow the National Curriculum and school has its own creative system of assessing pupils.
Following on from the terminology used in Foundation Stage, your child will now be assessed against year group statements from the National Curriculum. As s/he moves into the national curriculum levels, in Year 1, these descriptors are called: ‘entering; on-track and greater depth'.
‘Entering’: “Your child has been introduced to a national curriculum learning objective/statement in a lesson or couple of lessons”
‘On Track’: “Your child is able to remember and apply the objective/statement independently or with limited support, within their work. We would be able to show you evidence to support this judgement in their books or worksheets.
'Greater Depth’ means: “Your child consistently applies the objective/statement throughout their work and is ‘ready’ to move onto a level above their current position.
As your child works their way through the learning objectives/statements for their year group, they will accumulate a number of these descriptors (entering; on-track; greater depth) for each learning objective. The total number of emerging; on-track and /or greater depth descriptors will inform your child’s overall award for their year group.
The goal of Crags, with the support of parents/carers and pupils, is to have all of these learning objectives, for each year group, at on-track or greater depth. Those that are still at entering will become your child’s targets for learning and where we might seek your support and/or target their learning.
There may be occasions whereby a child is in one year group but working on a different year group’s set of objectives – either above or below. The class teacher for that pupil will speak to the individual parent/carer about that child’s learning needs.
How can you track your child’s progress? At a parent’s meeting or in your child’s annual report, you will be given these descriptors by the class teacher. This will allow you to see the learning journey for your child and whether they are entering; on-track or greater depth in their year group.
In Year One children complete a phonics screening check in June. Children who do not achieve the standard in Year 1 are expected to re-take the check in Year 2. The check consists of 40 words that children are expected to decode and read using their phonic skills.
For children in Year 2, statutory tests are designed to assess work from the National Curriculum in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. These are national tests which must be taken by all children in state schools and are informally known as Standard Assessment Tests or ‘SATs'. These test are marked by teachers and are used to support their teacher assessment judgements made against the Year 2 frameworks.
In 2020 Year 4 children will take a multiplication test in May. This is the first year of the test and will consist of 25 multiplication questions online where children have 6 seconds to type to answer each question up to the 12x table.
Again in Year 6 children will take SATs test during a specified week in May. Reading, Mathematics, and Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling tests will be taken under test conditions and externally marked. Writing and Science are also assessed but this is based on teacher assessments. Results will be reported to schools and parents at the end of the year. Tests will be reported as a scaled score, with a score of 100 representing the expected level.