Understanding your child's achievements
There are several statutory assessments your child will encounter whilst at Primary School.
At the end of Reception, children are assessed using the Early Years Foundations Stage Profile. Mrs Ellison, an experienced EYFS teacher, will use her professional judgement to decide if your child has met the Early Learning Goals. These are 17 separate judgements, spanning the entire curriculum and are the national expectations for children leaving Reception. A selection of schools have their judgements moderated by the Local Authority. We had our judgements moderated in 2019 and all teacher assessments we found to be sound.
In Year 1, your child’s class teacher will administer the Phonics Screening Check. It is designed to confirm whether children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify pupils who need extra help to improve their decoding skills. The check consists of 20 real words and 20 pseudo-words (nonsense) that pupils read aloud to their class teacher.
For more information please see the document labelled 'Phonics Screening Check 2021' at the foot of this page.
The Key Stage 1 (KS1) tests are designed to assess children's knowledge and understanding of the KS1 programmes of study of the National Curriculum. Your child's class teacher will administer the English reading and mathematics tests to help make a secure judgement for their final Teacher Assessment at the end of KS1.
The tests make up one piece of evidence for the overall Teacher Assessment judgement.
The KS1 tests consist of:
- English reading
- Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
- Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
KS1 tests are not strictly timed. The class teacher will use their discretion to decide if pupils need a rest break during any of the tests or whether, if appropriate, to stop a test early.
In Year 4, your child will complete an on-screen multiplication check consisting of 25 times table questions. They will have 6 seconds to answer each question and the check should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. The purpose of the check is to determine whether your child can fluently recall their times tables up to 12, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will also help to identify if your child may need additional support.
There is no pass mark, so children do not pass or fail the check, and your child’s score will be shared with you via their teacher once available.
Children working below the standard
of the national curriculum
The engagement model replaces P scales 1-4 and is a new statutory teacher assessment tool for pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum and not engaged in subject-specific study. It should be used to assess pupils’ learning regularly throughout the year, enabling these pupils’ achievements and progress to be measured over time. If your child will be assessed using the engagement model, we will discuss this with you in your regular meeting with the school SENDCo.