Children learn most effectively when they have a well-planned curriculum, teachers who understand what stage each child has reached and what needs to be taught next.
Assessment is a key professional skill which is central to good teaching. It helps the child to know what they have done well, how to improve and what the next steps in learning should be.
Our Assessment policy sets out the details of the different types of assessment and the uses these have.
The National Picture
In September 2014, a new National Curriculum was introduced, bringing with it significant changes in assessment procedures. The use of curriculum levels has been phased out and it is now for schools to decide for themselves how to assess and track pupil progress.
There are three sets of National tests which children complete over the course of their primary education which are used to measure the performance of schools:
Other Assessments are used across the school to inform our judgements about progress and help to highlight which areas we need to focus on in our teaching. These are listed in the Assessment Policy.
Children’s attainment at the end of the EYFS in the Early Learning Goals is also reported nationally.
How do teachers assess my child’s progress?
Starting school in Reception class
When your child starts school the Reception class teacher will carry out a baseline assessment which will give us information about what your child already knows across a range of areas of learning. This helps her to plan the next steps and provides the school with a starting point from which progress can be measured.
We use the BPVS (British Picture Vocabulary Scale) which helps us to identify any children who need extra help with their English language skills. These skills enable children to engage with the curriculum so this is an important early focus.
Throughout Reception year, the teacher and her assistants will keep a record of your child’s learning. They will do this by making notes and taking photos. They will put together a ‘Learning Journey’ which is a record of your child’s learning over the year.
At the end of the Reception year the teacher will complete the Early Learning Goals which help us to know whether your child has reached expected levels after their first year. This will enable them to move on to the National Curriculum in Year 1.
Some children may still be at the emerging level and may need extra support before they move onto the whole of the National Curriculum.
Other children may be at the exceeding level. They may already be working on some of the National Curriculum aspects.
Assessment in Years 1 & 2 (Key Stage 1); Years 3-6 (Key Stage 2)
The curriculum is organised in units of study. In the core subjects of English, Maths & Science teachers will assess whether your child has achieved the objectives in the assessment frameworks which have been derived from the National Curriculum. As objectives are taught the class teacher will gather evidence over time, which will indicate whether a child is:
Children’s work will be moderated by groups of teachers (making sure that the teacher’s judgments are accurate). We work together as partner schools All Saints Stibbard and North Elmham Primary school and across the Fakenham and Dereham Clusters with other teachers to refine our judgements and share good practice. Teachers collect examples of work which shows the expected standards and can refer to these.