Assessing Children

As your child learns we assess how well they are doing. We use a range of age appropriate methods to help us assess the children. The majority of the time teachers use their experience of your child in class - observations, discussions, marking and teaching. We also conduct more formal testing periodically through the year - for example we are required to do this for Y2 pupils in May as part of the national SATs Testing cycle.
However, the test forms part of the evidence and is not used as the only basis for any judgements on how well a child is doing. They are a snapshot of what your child can do on that day. We prefer to base our judgements on evidence collected over time, showing children independently and consistently demonstrating a skill or making use of knowledge.
We assess children against the National Curriculum expectations, as set out by the Department for Education. In 2015, the system of Levels was removed and replaced with 'Age Related Expectations' for each year group. When considering what children can do, we make judgements as to whether they are Working Towards Expectations, Working At Expectations, or Exceeding Expectations for their year group. This judgement is finalised in the Summer Term and reported to parents in the End of Year Report.
However, through the year we discuss your child's progression through these expectations and will always ensure you know if your child needs extra support or challenge to help them fulfil their potential. We are committed to personalised learning and achieve this in a range of ways.
Below are the expectations for each Year Group - these documents are also sent out with End of Year reports. If you have any questions about these or how well your child is doing, please speak with their class teacher.