Overview of Assessment at Withernsea Primary School
Year 6 Pupils
In May every year all year 6 pupils take SATs. These are national exams taken by all Year 6 pupils across the country. They are administered by the school and sent off to be marked by external markers. Results come back to the school in early to mid July. Exams are taken in reading, maths, spelling grammar and punctuation. Writing is not an examination but a mark given based on the writing pupils have produced over Year 6 in all of their work. Moderators from outside school do check the writing and the marks given. In 2015 children will get results in National Curriculum Levels, after this the marks will be given as a scaled score.
A record of our KS2 results compared to the previous years National outcomes can be found in the Parents Menu under KS2 results
Year 2 Pupils
Pupils in Year 2 are assessed by their teachers in reading, writing and maths. The teachers make the assessment judgements based on the pupil’s work and also will in the Spring or Summer Term give the pupils a national SATs paper to further inform their judgement. Children will be given their level in July but this is also changing to scaled score after July 15. A new spelling, grammar and punctuation test is also being introduced.
Year 1 Pupils
In June pupils do a phonics screening check. They do this on a one to one basis with their class teacher using nationally published phonics screening materials. Parents are informed of the mark their child got in their July school report. If the child doesn’t pass the screening test they will repeat it in Year 2.
F2 Pupils (Reception pupils)
2015- pupils are assessed throughout the year by the teachers using the Foundation Profile. Teachers observe the children and how they play and learn. They then make a judgement at the end of the year whether children are emerging towards the profile, have reached the expectations of the profile or have exceed the profile. The profile covers several areas of learning but includes early reading, writing and number skills. In 2015 a new test will be introduced at the start of F2 called a baseline test and the profile may be phased out.
Teachers plan their lessons and each lesson has an objective and some success criteria- so the children know how they will be successful in that lesson
To use adjectives when writing a character description
At least 5 adjectives can be found in the writing
The description is written in sentences
The pupil has described a character
The teacher, sometimes the pupil and sometimes other pupils will then look at the work and give some feedback.
The feedback can be verbal or written. We mark in pink highlighter (tickled pink) to say that the objective and success criteria have been met. We mark in green highlighter where we can improve our work. Children are given time to look where the ‘go for green’ is and to improve their work. This is about building on our learning and skills.
We teach the children that mistakes can be good as they are opportunities for learning- and we can learn from mistakes than getting it right all the time. If everything was pink – there isn’t enough challenge and we all need to be challenged in order for good learning to be happening.
Our everyday assessment is crucial so we know what children have learnt and what they need to learn next.
We look at the unit of work that we are planning to teach, give the children some questions around this and then look to see what they already know, where the misconceptions are and what actually needs to be taught. Using this knowledge we can then plan what they need to learn. Afterwards we wait about a fortnight and re assessment (post assessment) to see the progress that they have made and what they still need to be taught.
Age related expectations
The new national curriculum works to age related expectations rather than the old national curriculum levels. In order to support parents we have a prepared a booklet for each year group which outlines what we will teach each year group so parents are aware of the expectations for their child each year. A paper copy is given to each parent in the Autumn term but each year group’s booklet is available though the website.
As we have a new curriculum the way in which we measure and track progress of pupils will change from national curriculum levels to milestones they have reached.
These booklets provide parents with more detailed information on what each Milestone represents in respect of age related expectations for your children.