- Foundation Stage – baseline
All children, on entry to the school, will be assessed on their skills and knowledge using a baseline test. Teachers build their knowledge of each child through their observations, interactions and every day activities which they then use to make a series of professional judgements about each child based on a clear set of assessment criteria from the EYFS profile.
- Foundation Stage – end of year assessments
At the end of their time in the Foundation Stage, all children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals. The children’s attainment at this time is reported to parents and is used to inform the work that they are assigned at the beginning of Year 1.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) a profile is kept on every child’s progress. This is a report of the ongoing development and achievement of each child.
The EYFS is broken down into seven specific areas of learning:
• Communication and Language
• Physical Development
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Understanding the World
• Expressive Arts and Design
Assessment is ongoing throughout the EYFS but the official profile is completed in the final term of Reception. The assessment takes place through teacher observation of children’s learning and development as they take part in everyday activities and planned observations where teachers spend time on a specific task with an individual child or small group. We actively welcome parents to contribute to their child’s profile and regularly request information on the children’s progress within the home setting.
- Year 1 Phonics Screening
Towards the end of Year 1, all children complete a simple test with a member of staff who is known to them to determine if they have met a set threshold in their phonetic knowledge. The children are required to read 40 phonetic words which consist of real and made up words. The children’s pass marks will be reported to you and you will be informed whether or not they have met the pass mark. Those children who do not pass in Year 1 will repeat the test in Year 2.
- End of Key Stage 1 National Curriculum Tests
Towards the end of Year 2 all children will sit a reading and mathematics test (commonly referred to as KS1 SATs). These tests are marked by the class teachers and are used to support their existing knowledge of the child’s learning. An overall attainment level is reported to parents as a ‘Teacher Assessment’.
- End of Key Stage 2 National Curriculum Tests
In May of each year, Year 6 will sit Reading, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPaS) and Mathematics tests (commonly referred to as KS2 SATs). These tests are both set and marked externally. An attainment level is reported for both the outcomes of the tests and as a ‘Teacher Assessment’. For writing, only a teacher assessment is required which is based on the work completed throughout the year.
Below is a link to the gov.uk website for finding and comparing schools. Specific information about the performance of St. Luke's Primary School, including in statutory assessments, can be found here.