Assessment provides us with the opportunity to find out what children's abilities are, what they have learned and which strategies teachers need to employ to ensure that children make continuous progress.
Some aspects of assessment are an integral part of the class timetable. The teacher’s marking of the work provides a basis for written and verbal feedback between teacher and pupil. Examples of such assessments include:
• Weekly spelling tests and dictation
• Regular comprehension exercises
• Weekly mental maths tests
• Times tables tests
• End of topic tests in Maths and Science
• In Nursery and Reception Class, detailed observations of each child are made and recorded frequently.
Some aspects of assessment are more formal, taking place twice yearly and providing standardised scores which show a child’s current achievement and ability in the context of national data.
Our formal assessment schedule is:
• Baseline assessment of pupils entering Reception Class in September with a follow up in June, so that progress is tracked.
• GLA Progress in Maths and English tests are completed in October and June by pupils in Year One through to Year Six.
• In October pupils in Year Four take a CAT test (Cognitive Ability Test) which provides us with information about ability levels in verbal and non-verbal reasoning, and provides a predictor for each child’s End of Key Stage Two SAT levels.
• In May pupils in Year Six take SATs in English and Maths.
• In June pupils in year Two take part in End of Key Stage One tasks which are then externally marked by a visiting moderator.
We are committed to making assessment meaningful to ensure that it provides teachers, parents and pupils with information that benefits the continued progress of each child.
We also need to ensure that assessment is reliable. In order to ensure rigour in standards, work is assessed by external moderators to confirm our marking in all year groups. We use GL Assessment, who are the leading provider of formative assessment to UK schools.