In our school we use ongoing formative assessment and Tapestry for tracking attainment and progress in EYFS. We use FFT in Years 1 – 6.
Termly Pupil Progress meetings are used to identify strengths and next steps, and plan effective support for individuals and groups where appropriate.
Statutory assessments happen at six points throughout Primary School, when pupils are assessed against National standards:
- At the start of Reception (EYFS): The Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) is a short assessment, taken in the first six weeks in which a child starts reception.
- At the end of Reception(EYFS): A ‘Good Level of Development’ measures children’s learning in personal, social and emotional development, physical development, communication and language, mathematics and literacy.
- At the end of Year 1: The Phonics Screening checks the children’s ability to apply phonics to decode when reading – this is considered a vital skill in learning to read.
- At the end of Year 2(KS1): The children are assessed by their teacher in Reading, Writing and Maths. Part of the assessment is a written test completed in small groups as part of normal classroom practice.
- At end of Year 4 (KS2): The Multiplication Timetables Check is focused on the fluent recall of multiplication facts. The MTC will be delivered as an online, on-screen digital assessment. Under standard administration, the check will take each pupil less than 5 minutes to complete.
- At the end of Year 6(KS2): The children are assessed in Reading, Writing, Maths, SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) and Science. Reading, Maths and SPaG scores are determined by a formal written test.
We also use NFER tests termly in Years 3, 4 and 5.