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Assessment in our School

Assessment at Warstones Primary School!

 

Early Years (0-5 years old)
When your child starts school they are in the Foundation Stage of the Early Years. This covers the two years

between ages 3-5 years old—Foundation Stage 1 usually
begins when your child is at playgroup or nursery. The

Reception Class at school is also described as Foundation Stage 2.

While in the Early Years your child follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. This is very play based with active learning covering

different areas of learning. Assessment is made against 3 prime areas (communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development) and 4 specific areas (literacy, mathematics,
understanding the world, and expressive arts and design. Your child is evaluated against age descriptors and given a point score for —emerging (1 point),
expected (2 points) or exceeding (3 points) according to the criteria for their age.

 

Key Stage One KS1 (5-7 year olds)

At the end of the Reception Year, when all the children are 5 years old, they move into Key Stage One (Infants).

Year One is a very important transitional year as children move on from the early learning goals to the national curriculum. Children continue to be observed and monitored carefully but their attainment and progress are measured using the national curriculum expectations.

Not all children have completed the Early Learning Goals when they move into Year One, so it is a vital year. Teachers plan to support children to meet these goals and move successfully on to the national curriculum with its

different emphasis and expectations. The national curriculum is subject based and children begin lessons in English, maths, science, humanities, art and DT, music and PE. It is the start of their statutory education and it is important that children are ready and supported while continuing to build on their

independence and self motivation.

During Year One children will take part in the phonics screening test to assess their knowledge of early reading skills.

At the end of Year Two, the children take part in the Key Stage One Statutory Assessment Tests (SATS) in Reading and maths with writing assessed by the teacher and an optional Grammar and Punctuation test. These results are then used as a baseline for progress the children should make through Key Stage 2.

 

Key Stage Two KS2 (7-11 year olds)

In Year Three, children move into Key Stage Two (Juniors). Children continue with the national curriculum throughout KS2.  Then at the end, while in Year Six, the children undergo the next set of statutory tests (Key Stage Two SATS). There are national expectations of levels to meet and results are viewed in comparison with Key Stage One test results to measure the progress your child has made across the Key Stage. These tests are in reading, SPAG and maths. Writing is assessed by the teacher.

 

 

 

Attainment and Progress

Children are monitored and assessed to measure attainment and progress throughout their time at school. There are national age related expectations (ARE) at the end of Key Stage One and Two but the children are assessed  against ARE in each year group through teacher assessment to ensure they are on target to meet the ARE at the end of Y6.

It is important to always remember that children progress at different rates and don’t necessarily follow the expected measures. That is why children’s progress is viewed over the 4 years of KS 2. It is monitored on a yearly basis in school only as a guide to support teacher planning and target setting.

We are now in the second year of the new curriculum, (Y4 have only completed two years as their Y2 SATS were still based on the old curriculum). With the new curriculum, children are assessed in a similar way to the Early Years.

They are deemed to be:

WTS — working towards the standard,
EXS — working at the expected standard,
GDS — working in greater depth at the expected standard.
The expected standard at each year group is reliant on the children having
covered the new curriculum in all the previous years. As of yet, Y2 are the only children to have done this.
So every year group above Y2 is still playing ‘catch up’ to meet the new higher standards and may still be graded at WTS whereas on the old curriculum, they may have been achieving, possibly exceeding their year group expectations.
Therefore, in the end of year reports, we are also giving a second grade to show you where your child is currently on the new curriculum as the teachers support them to have covered as much as possible before entering Y6.

The teachers monitor progress using E for entering, D for developing, S for secure and M for Mastery within the year. We use our own tracking system called ‘Stepping Stones’, which helps us to keep track of exactly where the children are, even if the children are still working at the year below or higher.

(So if your child has yet to meet the new higher EXS, and is graded WTS, there will be the second grade which will begin with the number of the year group’s curriculum and the level they are working at within it e.g 4D would be Year 4 Developing).

As each year progresses we challenge all children to reach the Secure (EXS) for their year group as we build on their previous knowledge towards the new higher expectations for each year. Don’t be anxious if your child is still on Developing, read the comments the teacher has written to reassure yourself if they are working hard and making good progress.

GDS (Greater depth) is exactly what it says—it is not looking at the next year’s curriculum, rather an indication that the child has understood and met (mastered) the expected attainment levels and can use and apply the concepts and skills learnt with confidence and at a ‘greater depth’.

 

So we celebrate our children's’ achievements whatever they are, because they have worked hard all year with ever increasing targets and expectations. Remembering as well, that our children are more than a grade! They are building skills for life, independence, resilience, social skills and so much more.                  

Now that is worth celebrating!

 

Interpreting the grades on your child's report.

Bold indicates the grades you will find on reports.

Green highlight shows the expected grade for each year group at the new higher standards.

 

EY

Year 1 

Year 2

Emer

Expec

Exce

WTS

EXS

GDS

WTS

EXS

GDS

1

2

3

(1E)

(1D)

1S

1M

(2E)

(2D)

2S

2M

 

 

Year 3

Year 4

WTS

EXS

GDS

WTS

EXS

GDS

(3E)

(3D)

3S

3M

(4E)

(4D)

4S

4M


Year 5

Year 6 (Writing)*

WTS

EXS

GDS

WTS

EXS

GDS

(5E)

(5D)

5S

5M

(6E)

(6D)

6S

6M

 

* In Y6 SATS for reading and maths are exteranlly marked and a grade is given as below.
EXS—working at expected standard          HNM—has not met the expected standard
PKG—growing development of the expected standard
PKE—early development of the expected standard
D—Disapplied
B—Below

 

Click on the link to view the school's Assessment Policy.