Early Years Foundation Stage
All Early Years providers complete an EYFS profile for each child in the final term of the year in which the child reaches the age of five. For most children this is the Reception Year.
The primary purpose of the EYFS profile is to provide a reliable, valid and accurate assessment of individual children at the end of the EYFS. The profile describes each child’s attainment against the 17 early learning goals together with a short narrative about their learning characteristics. This information is reported to parents in the child’s end of year report.
Key Stage 1
The phonics screening check is administered to children in June of Year 1 and then again to children in Year 2 if they did not meet the required standard in Year 1.
The phonics screening check is a short, light-touch assessment to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard and is administered on a one- to- one basis by the child’s class teacher. It will identify the children who need extra help so they are given support to improve their reading skills. They will then be able to retake the check so that the school can track their progress until they are able to decode. It is reported to parents in the child’s end of year report whether their child has met the age related expectations in phonics.
Throughout the whole of Key Stage 1 children are assessed on a regular basis through on-going teacher assessment and optional tests to track progress and attainment.
The Key Stage 1 Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) are designed to test children’s knowledge and understanding in the core subjects of English and Maths. These tests take place towards the end of Year 2 and cover the areas of reading, arithmetic and mathematical reasoning. All test papers are marked by the class teacher. Test paper results are not reported to parents but are used by teachers, alongside class work, to produce an overall grading at the end of the year.
The children are assessed on an ongoing basis in reading, writing, maths and science on the Teacher Assessment Framework (TAFs). These are a series of statements outlining what a child needs to achieve in order to meet the expected standards for the end of the year. A child’s end of year report will give a teacher assessment grade for each of these areas based on observations, discussion with pupils, classwork, practical work and test results.
Key Stage 2
Throughout the whole of Key Stage 2 children are assessed on a regular basis through on-going teacher assessment and optional tests to track progress and attainment.
The Key Stage 2 Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) are designed to test children’s knowledge and understanding in the core subjects of English and Maths. These tests take place towards the end of Year 6 and cover the areas of reading, grammar, spelling and mathematics. The SATs are taken under full test conditions and marked externally. From 2015-16 the government has set higher standards for children to reach in the tests at the end of the key stage as well as raising the bar for teacher assessment standards in writing through the ‘Interim Teacher Assessment Framework’ (ITAFs). The government have now decided to use the same ITAFs for 2016-17 for assessing writing.
The SATs provide a snapshot of a child’s ability at that moment; however Year 6 teachers also provide their own assessment of a child’s attainment based on their performance throughout the year following the ITAFs. These teacher assessments and the test results are reported back to parents in the end of year reports.