We assess the children every time we teach them - we find out what they do and don't know so that we can help to address anything they don't understand, to move them on steadily in their learning and to challenge them when it's needed. We do this by talking with the children and marking the work in their books.
The following is specifically for Year 1 to Year 6, although Year 1 have subtle differences to provide progression from the EYFS.
Every year children, in each area of the curriculum, have a set of objectives or targets they are are taught and should endeavour to understand. The children measure their achievements on target sheets in the front of their books and staff record their assessed view on a computerised target tracker, called Insight. The following criteria are used:
0 - Taught, but not yet understood
1 - Some evidence, but not yet secure
2 - Objective secured
3 - Working at greater depth
Throughout the year if children record a “2” for every objective they will have achieved 100%. To reach the expected standard children should have achieved at least 80%. This is categorised as follows:
0-40% Working below the national standard
40%-80% Working towards the expected standard.
80%-100% Working at the expected standard.
Above 100% Working at greater depth.
Not all work can be assessed using written evidence so we also use an app called Earwig. This allows us to record images of activities and learning outcomes and plot pictorial timelines of events throughout the school. This allows children to learn in a variety of learning styles.
Children will also have their targets on the classroom wall for maths, English and their own personal targets, which includes behaviour. These are regularly monitored by class teachers.
Throughout the year children also undertake summative assessments to provide key information regarding progression and attainment and to prepare them for the guise of SATs and other formal tests in the future.
- Maths - Termly written test (Year 1 - Year 6)
- Reading - Formal reading assessment, Spring and Summer term (Year 3 - Year 6)
- Spelling - Termly formal test (Year 2 - Year 6)
- Grammar - Yearly formal test (Year 2 - Year 5)
- VR and NVR - Autumn term (Year 5)
Following these assessments, the data is examined carefully and 6 week bespoke intervention programmes are put into place for children who are making insufficient progress, regardless of their ability. We will let you know if your child is on an intervention programme and hope that you will support us at home.