Assessment in Year R
There is no formal assessment that takes place during the Reception Year. Observations are made during child-initiated activities and these are then linked into the Early Learning Goals.
Any children still on the Early Years Profile will continue as in Year R. More formal assessments will be used depending on children's needs. Teacher assessment and task based activities will be used to monitor this progress throughout the year. During the summer term, a statutory reading test will be carried out to assess the child's phonic awareness.
Teacher assessment is used continuously throughout the year. At the end of the year children complete more formal SAT's tests and tasks depending on individual needs, These tests are taken in Reading, Writing and Numeracy.
Key Stage 2 Assessment
In Years 3, 4 and 5, children undertake QCA tests in January and June for Reading, Writing and Maths. These are formal assessments which are used to show the progression children have made over a period of time. However, teachers will also carry out frequent informal assessment during class work. Reading and Spelling age tests are carried out twice each year which assess their relative reading and spelling age against their actual age.
In Year 6 children take formal SAT's tests in May. These tests are taken in Reading, Writing, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) and Maths. The children will do two sets of practice SAT's papers before May as well as regular mental arithmetic and spelling tests in class.