At Langwith Bassett Junior Academy we believe that assessment improves learning and raises achievement if:
- it is well planned
pupils are actively involved in their own learning (this would include discussions with pupils, individually and in small groups, and the setting of individual targets/ next steps)
it is used to adjust teachers’ planning and teaching
it celebrates achievement
it provides effective feedback to pupils through marking.
Assessment for Learning underpins our assessment practice throughout the whole school. Effective assessment and marking of work is fundamental to successful learning and teaching.
Assessment in Foundations@LangwithBassett
Ongoing assessment takes place in all the areas of learning through observation of child and adult initiated activities and by talking to the children.
Each child is regularly assessed against the EYFS profile. The profile measures achievements against the Early Years Foundation Curriculum. Children are assessed according to age in months. This means that if a child has well-developed skills they may be said to be working at an age level above their actual age, in months. If a child is finding something challenging they may be levelled at an age below their actual age, in months. Young children develop at different rates and their abilities can change rapidly; this is nothing to worry about!
At the end of FS2 the final results of the EYFS profile are shared with the Year 1 teacher to facilitate transition into Key Stage 1.
Your child’s development will be shared at pupil reviews during the Autumn and Spring terms and within the end of year school report. During these reviews, please feel free to ask any questions or share any concerns.
Assessment in KS1 and KS2
Ongoing assessment includes:
- pupils’ work – exercise books, paper, posters, oral presentations, performances, photographs, videos
- peer assessment
- questioning and discussion
- group work activities
Phonics screening Year 1:
Whilst your child is in year 1 they will have a phonics screening test which will assess whether your child is at expected level for their phonics (pass) or working towards (not pass). This phonics-screening test takes place during June and therefore it is essential that no year 1 child takes any form of leave in this month. You will receive more information during your child’s time in year 1.
SATS year 2:
Once your child reaches year 2 (their final year in KS1), they will take part in a range of Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs). These take place during the May and therefore it is essential that no year 2 child take any form of leave in the month of May. All year 2 children in England have to take part in these tests unless they are working well outside of the expectations of their year group. Once the tests have been completed nationally, standardised scores are published which allow us to analyse who is working at expected, below expected or at greater depth. More information will follow once your child is in year 2.
Year 4 Multiplication Times Tables Check (MTC)
This check is for all children in Year 4 and will take place in June. The purpose of the check is to determine whether pupils can fluently recall their times tables up to 12 x 12, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will also help us identify pupils who may need additional support. The MTC is an on-screen check consisting of 25 times tables questions. Your child will answer 3 practice questions before moving on to the official check, and will then have 6 seconds to answer each question. There will be links to helpful website and practice tests on the school website.
SATS year 6:
Once your child reaches year 6 (their final year at Langwith Bassett), they will take part in a range of Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs). These take place over a week in May. It is essential that no year 6 child takes any form of leave in the month of May. All year 6 children in England have to take part in these tests unless they are working well outside of the expectation of their year group. These tests are marked externally of school and the results plus a standardised score are given to the school which allows us to analyse who is working at expected, below expected or at greater depth. This information is shared with your child’s secondary school and you. Your children will sit sample tests throughout their time in Key Stage 2 so therefore they will feel prepared for these formal tests by the time they arrive. More information with regards these tests will be given when your child is in year 6.