Assessment and record keeping, which provide a continuous record of progress and attainment, is at the heart of the process of promoting children’s learning. It forms an integral part of the curriculum and is central to effective teaching and learning.
Assessment opportunities are identified at the planning stage for each half term in English, Maths and ICT, and when necessary in the foundation subjects. A broad range of strategies are used including Assessing Pupil Progress grids (APPs); observation; questions, conversation and discussion; written and practical activities; tests; pupil self assessment and evaluation.
First formal tests are carried out in September each year. Year 3 undertake a baseline QCA assessment in reading, writing and maths. A Non-Verbal Reasoning test is also taken during this year. NFER tests in English and Maths are taken by pupils in years 4 and 5. Practice SATs papers are taken in Year 6. Throughout the year there are termly assessments in English, Maths and ICT. Assessments in other subjects are undertaken at the end of a topic or when appropriate. In May there are QCA tests in English and Maths for Years 3, 4 and 5 and SATs in English and Maths for Year 6.
Continuous, ongoing teacher assessment in all areas will ensure that lessons are set at an appropriate level and differentiated to maximise progress and achievement for all children.
For more information, please read our Assessment and Record Keeping Policy.
You can download information on national expected levels of attainment and progress throughout primary school education here.