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Assessment

How Are Children Assessed At Cannon Lane Primary School? 

 

ReceptionIn the Reception class, children’s attainment and progress is assessed on an ongoing basis by the class teacher. Informal assessments are carried out in the first few weeks of school to assess children’s starting points.  Teachers are also required to fulfill the Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) set by the DfE within the child's first 6 weeks of school. At the end of Reception Class, teachers assess whether children are Emerging or Expected the Early Learning Goals. Further information can be found at: www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage. At the end of the year your child will receive a written report from school explaining your child's attainment across all areas of learning as well as written information about your child's progress and achievements over the year. 
Year 1In Year 1 children are assessed throughout the year by the class teacher. This is moderated at least termly by senior leaders. Children are assessed against National Curriculum Year Group expectations (working towards, expected or exceeding). All Year 1 children take part in the National Phonics Screening Check in June. These results are shared with parents at the end of the Summer Term. If children do not achieve the expected standard in the phonics check, they will re-sit this check in Year 2.
Year 2Children are assessed informally throughout Year 2 by their class teacher as they are in other year groups. In the Summer Term all Year 2 children take part in national assessments in reading, writing and mathematics. These assessments are marked by the class teacher and are used to inform their teacher assessments.  Whilst these are more formal assessments using national materials, we make every effort not to place unnecessary pressure on children.  There is no writing 'test' and teachers assess children's attainment attainment throughout the year.  At the end of this process, children are assessed as ‘Working towards’ age related expectations, ‘Working at’ expectations or working at ‘Greater Depth’*. Teacher assessments are shared with parents at the end of Year 2. Download https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/792059/Information_for_parents_-_2019_national_curriculum_tests_at_the_end_of_key_stages_1_and_2.pdf  for further information.
Years 3, 4 & 5

Children are assessed throughout the school year by their class teacher (again moderated by senior leaders in school). Children are assessed against National Curriculum Year Group expectations (working towards, expected or exceeding). At the end of the school year, parents receive a school report which shares teachers’ assessments in each subject area.  In Year 4, all children take part in the National Multiplication Check which takes place in June - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/multiplication-tables-check-information-for-parents 

Year 6

Children are assessed throughout Year 6 as they are in Years 3-5. At the end of Year 6, children take part in national assessment tests in reading, mathematics and spelling, punctuation and grammar. Writing is assessed by teachers and regularly moderated by the Local Authority. At the end of the Summer Term, parents receive an annual report from the school which identifies children’s test results as well as teacher assessments. 

 

* 'Greater Depth' explained
In Year 2, children may be assessed as working at ‘Greater Depth’ in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. In order for a child to be working at ‘Greater Depth’ they must meet all of the standards identified in the Key Stage 1 Teacher Assessment, see document below. Whereas in previous years this was a ‘best fit’ model, children are now required to demonstrate competence in each of the statements. As a result of this, far fewer children will be working at this level.

 

In Year 6, ‘Greater Depth’ is only assessed in writing. In order for a child to be working at ‘Greater Depth’ they must meet all of the standards identified in the Key Stage 2 Teacher Assessment, see document below. Whereas in years before this may have been a ‘best fit’ model, children are now required to demonstrate competence in each of the statements.

 

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