Assessment

At Senacre Wood Primary School, we use assessment to inform teachers’ planning. This is because it is only by continually assessing what children have learnt and understood, that we can know what “next steps” should be planned.  

In order to be ‘secondary ready’ children need to meet the required end of Key Stage 2 expectations; this is broken down into key outcomes for each curriculum year. We use the National Curriculum objectives to assess outcomes for children at the end of each curriculum year.

We use the following code to assess pupils knowledge of the curriculum, against age-related expectations, in reading, writing and maths.

Year 1

Ash Class

Year 2

Beech Class

Year 3

Rowan Class

Year 4

Willow Class

Year 5

Maple Class

Year 6

Sycamore Class

1E

1D

1D+

1S

1M

2E

2D

2D+

2S

2M

3E

3D

3D+

3S

3M

4E

4D

4D+

4S

4M

5E

5D

5D+

5S

5M

6E

6D

6D+

6S

6M

 

At the end of the academic year, if a pupil reaches D+, S or M, they are working at the expected standard for their year group.
Pupils who are working at M are also demonstrating a deeper level of understanding. 

Progress

There is an expectation that pupils will move through the Curriculum, and related programmes of study, at broadly the same pace. There will however be times when this is not the case.

Statutory Assessment

In England, SATs are compulsory for all seven and 11 year olds therefore children sit end of Key Stage tests in Year 2 and Year 6.

SATs help teachers- and you- learn more about your child's strengths and weaknesses. Teachers can compare how well each child is doing with their peers, both in their school and across the country. They can also measure how much each child improves from one Key Stage to another, and across year groups. The results are also often used to predict the likelihood of children achieving specific results in secondary schools.


In addition to this, local authorities and the Department for Education use the results to help identify good practice in schools and, if a school is doing really well, it can share what it's doing right with other schools. Your child will take a selection of tests which cover reading, grammar, and maths. There is currently no test for writing- this will be assessed within the school.


Teachers will use past papers as practice papers so children can practise the kind of questions they may need to answer in a test environment. This will help your child feel more comfortable with exams. They will also do lots of practice of the skills they need to do well in the test, such as spelling and times tables as well as revising skills from other Year groups.


A SATs workshop will be held for parents to attend, so that the dynamics of the tests can be explained and the Year Six teacher will hold after-school 'SATs Club' where children can revise in a relaxed, supportive environment.

 

Pupils in Year 1 also complete the phonics screening test.

 

For information about the schools performance in EYFS, KS1, KS2 and phonics tests please refer to our performance page.




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