Assessment

Assessment Overview

At Easton Primary School we informally and formally assess children so that we can provide the best possible opportunities and support for your child’s learning throughout their time at primary school. We will assess each child when he/she enters school and this information will be built upon throughout their time with us and shared with their new teachers as part of their transition between year groups. We currently use one core assessment package which supports entry, analysis and sharing of pupil progress and attainment data through Early Years and Keys Stages 1 (Years 1 and 2) and 2 (Years 3, 4,5 and 6).

Reception
Children continue to be assessed in the reception class where staff will add information to an assessment profile for each individual. Insights will be shared at parent’s evenings.

Year One Phonic Check
All children in Year 1 will participate in a phonics check. This assessment will be administered by Mrs Payne. Results are included within the Year 1 end of term report.

End of Key Stage One (KS1) and Two (KS2) Tests
Children in Year 2 and Year 6 are assessed during May. The results of these assessments are reported annually to the parents. In the past a national expectation has been that children leaving Year 2 will achieve at least working at expected standards for their age in Reading, Writing and Maths and children leaving Year 6 will achieve at least working at expected standards in Reading, Writing and Maths. For 2016 and beyond this has changed. Children will now be given a standardised score where 100 is the expected standard. Teachers will also be able to use a performance descriptor which best fits each child. At the time of writing schools are still waiting for these descriptors from the Department of Education.

Children in Year 2 will have tests in Reading, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG), and Maths which will provide a standardised score for each subject. The SPAG result will inform the teacher of the child’s overall writing performance descriptor. This is marked internally by staff.

Children in Year 6 will have tests in Reading, SPAG, and Maths which will provide a standardised score for each subject. The SPAG result will inform the teacher of the child’s overall writing performance descriptor. This is marked externally. There may also be a Science test and the Department for Education will inform schools if they are to take this test at some point in the future.

Marking and Feedback
We aim to provide feedback to children through marking so that they have specific advice about how to improve to their work. Children are given time to read and review their work following marking and respond to teacher feedback. Where possible staff will discuss work with a child. In this case we will mark (VF) for Verbal Feedback in their books. We believe that discussing work with pupils is one of the best ways to address misconceptions (on both sides) and so move learning on.