Assessment

How children are assessed at Newdale Primary School and Nursery.

National Curriculum 2014

In September 2014, a revised National Curriculum became the statutory curriculum for use in schools. This curriculum sets out programmes of study for key subjects and says what children need to learn and when they should learn it from Year 1 to Year 6. The new curriculum reflects higher expectations set and requires raised attainment in all year groups. Teachers assess their classes on a formal and informal basis. Their work is continually assessed as part of their daily activity in the classroom. This includes responding to the teacher’s marking and opportunities to be involved in peer and self-assessment. Teachers are always in a position to describe the progress that the children in the class are making and will give regular updates to you and suggestions on how you can help at home.

Assessment without Levels

The use of levels for pupils in all year groups stopped at the end of the academic year in 2015. The Government the way that levels were being used were not fit for purpose and, as a result, many children had significant gaps in their learning and were left without the necessary breadth and depth of learning at the level appropriate for their age. The emphasis on the new curriculum, therefore, is that all pupils should secure their knowledge and understanding of the year group they are in and, once achieved, ‘master’ this learning in greater breadth and depth .

Tracking and Reporting Assessment Information

Schools have been allowed the freedom to devise their own systems of monitoring and tracking children’s attainment and progress. As a result of these changes, we have implemented a form of assessment called Sheffield STAT. This is a steps based system, where teachers assess children against statements which they are expected to achieve by the end of each year,

If children are assessed as being at the typical stage of development for their age at a particular time, they will be judged to be on track for the end of year expectations. Some children may be working towards end of year expectations and will have additional support to enable them to diminish the differences between them and their peers. Other children may be working above their expected end of year expectations and will access teaching and learning opportunities which will add breadth and depth to their learning.

The stage at which your child is working, the targets set and the next steps in learning will be shared with you on parents’ evening. This information enables you to have an understanding of where your child is in relation to national expectations and what he or she needs to do next in order to make good progress and achieve the best possible outcomes. You will also receive half termly updates which show you the progress that your child has made.

To help to assess the children, teachers use daily marking, pre and post assessments and more formal assessments such as Rising Stars, NFER assessments and Salford reading tests.

At parents’ evenings, teachers will discuss your child’s attainment and progress in the following terms:

  • Working towards age-related expectations
  • Working at age-related expectations
  • On track to achieve age-related expectations
  • Working above age-related expectations with breadth and depth

At the end of the year, the written report you receive from the teacher will report the attainment outcomes and the progress which your child has made over the course of the academic year.

Statutory testing

At the end of the EYFS stage (Reception classes, when your child is 5), they will be assessed against the EYFS curriculum to see whether they have met the requirements to be awarded the Good Level of Development (GLD). This covers areas such as Reading, Writing, Number, Making Relationships and Physical development. This will be reported back to you in your child’s end of year report.

At the end of Year 2, (when your child is seven), they complete formal Reading, Spelling, punctuation and grammar, and Maths tests. These tests are produced by the Government and marked by our teachers. Writing is assessed by teachers using evidence of independent writing across the curriculum, according to standards produced by the Government. The results are reported back to you in your child’s end of year report. This report will inform you if your child has met the age related standard for children in Year 2.

At the end of Year 6, (when your child is eleven), they complete formal Reading, Spelling, punctuation and grammar, and Maths tests. These tests are produced by the Government and marked by external markers. Writing is assessed by teachers using evidence of independent writing across the curriculum, according to standards produced by the Government. The results are reported back to you in your child’s end of year report. This report will inform you if your child has met the age related standard for children in Year 6.

For more information, please ask your child’s teacher or use the links for additional information.