Although there are National Assessment points throughout your child's education, Teacher Assessments play a major role in helping us to understand what your child can and can't do, and what their next steps need to be. Throughout their daily lessons and the units of work planned, class teachers are continually assessing the work that your child produces and the comments that they make about their work to assess their understanding of the curriculum.
Assessment information for Early Years parents/carers: All children are assessed across a range of curriculum and social areas during the first 6 weeks at school, this is known as the Baseline. Future provision is planned from this to ensure that there is a suitable progression of skills taught for each child's needs. At the end of Early Years, the children are assessed against the 17 areas of learning and are awarded a grade 1 (Emerging), 2 (Expected) or 3 (Exceeding).
Assessment information for Year 1 parents/carers: At the end of Year 1, all children have to take the National Phonic Screener Check. This is a reading activity that tests to see if your child can apply their phonic knowledge to read real and alien words. Any children that do not reach the pass mark threshold have to re-sit the screener in Year 2. All results are reported to parents at the end of the academic year.
Assessment information for Year 2 parents/carers: At the end of Key Stage 1 (which is at the end of Year 2), all children have to sit the National SAT papers in reading, SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and maths. These are test booklets that the children have to do unaided in the class and they inform teacher assessments. The tests are based upon the skills that children are expected to have acquired by the end of Year 2 in English and Maths. Summer 2023 was the final year of formal SAT papers at the end of KS1 and we currently await any further information on this. It looks like the judgements that will be made to assess the attainment of Year 2 children will solely be teacher assessments. In addition, if your child did not meet the National threshold for the Phonic Screener check in Year 1, then they are expected to retake the check at the end of Year 2.