Schools have the freedom to assess in a manner of their own choosing. Whilst this can be confusing and daunting, at Kingsbrook View Primary Academy, we aim to ensure that the information we provide to you about your child's progress and achievements is as accurate as possible and as straightforward as possible.
We have a strong focus on Teacher Assessment, with teachers using a software system called Target Tracker to identify where children are progressing well, and where the gaps in learning are.
In Foundation Stage, we use language like:
- Meeting expected levels of development
- Not yet reaching expected levels of development (‘emerging’).
In Key Stage 1 (and 2), we use language like:
- Working below the expected level/working towards age related expectations
- Working at the expected level/working at age related expectations
- Working at a greater depth (within the age related expectations)
Children carry out at least 3 independent writing tasks in their writing assessment books each year and are assessed at the end of each Maths and Science unit with a low stakes test. This informs future planning.
In Foundation Stage, we assess children on entry (baseline assessment), and regularly throughout the year. Assessments are recorded against the statutory Foundation Stage profile using Tapestry software. This is regularly shared with parents through an app.
Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) - The RBA is a statutory, age-appropriate assessment of early mathematics and literacy, communication and language, administered within the first six weeks of a pupil starting Foundation Stage. The assessment has two components, each consisting of practical tasks using physical resources. Parents will not find out the results of these assessments although teachers may discuss parts with individual parents.
Year 1- Year 1 pupils do the Phonics Screening Check in June with results given to parents in the end of year reports.
Year 2- Year 2 pupils take the Phonics Re-check if they did not meet the expected level in Year 1. They also do a statutory Mental Arithmetic test, Maths Reasoning test and Reading Comprehension test. They may complete a non-statutory Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test as well. The results of these tests inform the Teacher Assessment result, reported to parents in the end of year report.