Assessment

Hear at St John's we are required, like all schools, to follow the National Guidance for assessing primary school aged pupils.

RECEPTION (EYFS)

At the end of Reception (EYFS) children are assessed against DEVELOPMENT MATTERS and given a national grade of either:

Emerging: Just below the national expected standard

Expected: At the national expected standard

Exceeding: Above the national expected standard

PHONICS SCREENING TEST YEAR 1

At the end of Year 1 children are given the national Phnocis Screening Test for Year 1. They either PASS or DO NOT PASS. If a child does not pass they are re-tested at the end of Year 2.

END OF KEY STAGE 1

At the end of Year 2 children are given a set of national tests (SATs) for Reading, Maths and Grammar, Punctuationa and Spelling to asses if they have met the expected standards. The expected standards are called AGE RELATED EXPECTATIONS. Teachers make judgements against a set of objectives for Writing to judge wether children have met expected standards in Writing.

The children are given a grade of:

BXS: below expected standards

EXS: at expected standards

GDS: above expected standards - at a 'greater depth' in their appliction of skills

END OF KEY STAGE 2

At the end of Year 6 children are given a set of national tests (SATs) for Reading, Maths and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling to assess if they have met the expected standards. The expected standards are called AGE RELATED EXPECTATIONS. Teachers make judgements against a set of objectives for Writing to judge wether children have met expected standards in Writing.

BXS: below expected standards

EXS: at expected standards

GDS: above expected standards - at a 'greater depth' in their appliction of skills


THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL - AGE RELATED EXPECTATIONS

St John's uses a highly acclaimed nationally widely used assessment tool called SCHOOL PUPIL TRACKER to track the progress and attainment of pupils throughout ecach and every year, from Reception to Year 6.

Teacher judgements are based on a combination of ongoing formative assessment of children's learning in their books and in classwork, and summative short focused tasks at the end of each term.

SPTO allows teachers to track the attainment and progress of pupils against agreed objectives from the national curriculum, so that teachers can plan for coverage, accelerated progress and additional suppport.

This is applied to every subject.

At the end of Autumn children are expected to achieve their year group number plus LOW. So for example if a child is in Year 3 then in the Autumn they should achieve Y3LOW.

At the end of Spring children are expected to achieve their year group number plus MID. So for example if a child is in Year 3 then in the Spring they should achieve Y3MID.

At the end of Summer children are expected to achieve their year group number plus HIGH. So for example if a child is in Year 3 then in the Summer they should achieve Y3HIGH.

SPTO follows the national guidelines from the DfE as to pupils achieving at a 'greater depth' in their learning, and this is indicated by a #number after the Y3LOW grade.

#1 = a child has the knowledge but is belwo the expected standards in being able to apply the knowledge

#2 = a child is at the expected standards of being able to apply their knowledge

#3 = a child is just above expected standards in being able to apply their knowldege

#4 = a child has a greater depth in their ability to apply their knowledge.