As an academy we are currently using PIRA (Progress In reading Assessment), GAPS (Progress in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) and PUMA (Progress in Understanding Mathematics Assessment) to assess the children termly. For writing we use the Ros Wilson grids. The school also uses additional phonics testing and other reading assessment to give further evidence. This information is used to support the judgements on where the children are, along with work they have produced in class. This data is then put onto the school tracking system.
At key stages in their time at school the children also have external assessments.
At the end of Reception, the children will be assessed against the Early Learning Goals and how far they have progressed towards GLD – Good Level of Development. Children will be given a score of either 1 (working towards), 2 (working at expected level) or a 3 (working above expected level.
At the end of Year 1, the children are given a phonics screening test. This is a test which assesses how your child is doing with the phonics learning, which is one of the key supports to reading. When the reports come home at the end of the year, each child is given a sheet on how they performed in the phonics test and what the pass rate is for that year.
At the end of Year 2, the children do the KS1 SATs assessments in reading, writing, maths. They are also graded on their science and speaking and listening. These are done in school and moderated by the county council and the cluster.When the reports come home at the end of the year, each child is given a sheet on how they performed in the SATs.
At the end of Year 4, from 2020, the children in year 4 will be given a times table online test.
At the end of Year 6, the children do the KS2 SATs. These are done in school, but sent off for external marking. The children do a reading, SPAG (Spelling, punctuation and grammar) and maths paper. Their writing is assessed internally and moderated by county and the cluster and this, along with a teacher assessment for science is sent off. When the reports come home at the end of the year, each child is given a sheet on how they performed in the SATs.