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Assessment

At Scholes Village Primary School, we believe in assessing pupils to inform learning.

The most important assessment we carry out is the day-to-day assessment routinely done in every lesson to decide whether a child has understood something and what their next steps need to be when planning a sequence of lessons. Higher up school, we believe the pupils should be a part of this and they are encouraged to self-assess.

 

Teachers also assess every pupil half-termly to ensure they are on track and are making continued progress.

In all subjects our pupils are assessed as either:

- Working towards the expected standard

- Working at the expected standard

- Working above the expected standard

 

We use a variety of tools to assess pupils’ progress and make the decision as to whether they are at the required standard. These can be summarised as follows:

 

Maths

Pupils in Years 2-6 complete a short half-termly online assessment using the ‘STAR Maths’ programme, which gives teachers a scaled score and enables teachers to track progress through the year to ensure each child remains on track.

Pupils in Years 1-6 also complete termly written assessments (White Rose Maths Hub) which consist of an age-appropriate reasoning paper and an arithmetic paper.

 

Reading

Pupils in Years 2-6 again complete a short half-termly online assessment using the ‘STAR Reading’ programme, which gives teachers a reading age for all pupils and this age is used to determine whether they are on track. The test also gives the pupil a ‘zone of proximal development’, which is the optimum zone in which they must pick their reading books without having too much frustration.

Years 1-6 also complete a termly written comprehension test (Headstart Reading) which is used with the online test to build up a picture of each individual pupil.

 

Writing

Pupils are assessed every half-term based on the pieces of writing that they have produced. We have broken up the end of year expectations for each year group into 3 steps to ensure each pupil remains on track throughout the year. Teachers then use a range of writing work and make an overall judgement based on these expectations for that half-term.

 

In all other subjects, teachers look at work produced and make a judgement based on end of year expectations and whether a pupil is on track to meet those expectations and make good progress.