Assessment

Assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage
 
We use the Early Excellence Assessment Tracker to record our children’s knowledge, skills and learning dispositions. It is a consistent and reliable way of demonstrating progress through the EYFS. The statements within EExAT consist of six monthly bands of development that reflect an ‘age related expectation’. EExAT recognises the importance of relating attainment to chronological age and also values the 'how' of learning and so the characteristics of effective learning are scored in the system and levels of well-being and involvement are recorded too.

 

Through daily observation and interaction, we are able to build a rich and accurate understanding of each child across all aspects of learning and development. Our assessments are meaningful and impact on our children’s learning and development as we use them to inform our children’s next steps which are personalised and challenging. Our observations then inform the assessments we make on EExAT as children approach the end of a six month milestone. We bring our knowledge of a child together to make a summative assessment about where they are in relation to key developmental milestones.

Assessment of the National Curriculum Subjects
Years 1 - 6
 
The National Curriculum subjects are assessed using Depth of Learning.  The ‘Depth of Learning Information for Parents’ document provides an overview of this assessment system.
 

Statutory Assessments:

Year 1 Phonics Check

The phonics screening check is administered to children in June of Year 1 and then again to children in Year 2 if they did not meet the required standard in Year 1.

The phonics screening check is a short, light-touch assessment to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard and is administered on a one- to- one basis by the child’s class teacher. It will identify the children who need extra help so they are given support to improve their reading skills. They will then be able to retake the check so that the school can track their progress until they are able to decode. It is reported to parents in the child’s end of year report whether their child has met the age related expectations in phonics.

A workshop for Year 1 parents each year will provide detailed information relating to this assessment and on how you can support your child.
 
The Phonics Screening will take place during the month of June 2020.
 
SATs - Years 2 (KS1) and 6 (KS2)

Pupils in Years 2 and 6 are assessed through Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) during the summer term to confirm whether individual pupils have achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths. Parent meetings in the spring term will provide detailed information relating to these assessments and on how you can support your child.  Good attendance, punctuality and parental support with home learning are all crucial in ensuring that our pupils achieve their best possible outcomes.

 

The KS1 SATS tests will take place in the month of May 2020.

 

The KS2 SATS tests will take place during week commencing Monday 11th May 2020.

Leuven Scales of Well Being and Involvement

 

The Leuven Scales acknowledge the critical importance of a child’s emotional well-being on the quality and depth of learning. We use the Leuven Scales to indicate a child's level of Well-Being and Involvement at the time of assessment (low, medium or high level).

 

Well-being is defined as ‘the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy’.

Involvement is defined as ‘the fact of being involved with or participating in something’.

 

The Leuven Scales support accurate and authentic summative assessment of a child’s knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviours.

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check 
From the 2019/20 academic year onwards, all state-funded maintained schools and academies (including free schools) in England will be required to administer an online multiplication tables check (MTC) to year 4 pupils.

The NATIONAL CURRICULUM specifies that pupils should be taught to recall the multiplication tables up to and including 12 × 12 by the end of year 4.

 

The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.

Schools will have a 3-week window to administer the MTC. Teachers will have the flexibility to administer the check to individual pupils, small groups or a whole class at the same time.

 

This will take place between Monday 8th June 2020 and Friday 19th June 2020.