How do we assess pupils’ learning at The Queen Anne in Years 1-4?

There are two main forms of assessment, summative and formative.

Formative assessment (Assessment of Learning) gives information on how well a child is progressing to meet a given objective or target and provides information to assist the next steps. High quality first teaching ensures that ongoing assessment for learning is an integral part of the daily classroom context for all pupils. Teachers continually make assessments of children’s progress both during and after lessons. The on-going assessments are used to support children’s progress. Progress is assessed using a wide range of  evidence including questioning, discussion, analysis of work , written and oral feedback, observations, self-reflection and peer reflection.

Summative assessment (Assessment of Learning) gives information on how well an objective has been achieved at the end of a period of time.

At the end of each term, every class teacher is required to assess the children’s progress in reading, writing, mathematics.These assessments are then recorded centrally to enable staff to monitor pupil progress. These are largely summative assessments, but are used to identify particular strengths or weaknesses to be addressed in future learning.

As part of the Government’s  reforms to the national curriculum, the current system of ‘levels’ used to report  children’s attainment and progress has been removed from September 2014 and will not be replaced.

The programmes of study within the new National Curriculum (NC) set out expectations at the end of each key stage, and all maintained schools have been free to develop a curriculum relevant to their pupils that teaches this content. You are able to view an overview the end of year expectations for your child’s year group here CurriculumOverviewforYears1-6.  and the Long Term Curriculum Plans in the Curriculum Section of the website.

At the Queen Anne, we will track pupil’s steps using the Learning Ladders framework, Expanded Level Descriptors and the wide range of evidence collected over the term. The evidence will then feed into the termly summative assessment against the Year Group Expectations for your child’s year group.

Learning will be judged against the end of year expectation as :

  • Below
  • Emerging
  • Met-
  • Met
  • Met+
  • Deep
  • Beyond

You will have a formal opportunity to discuss your child’s learning in more detail at Parents Evening. However, opportunities for discussion at other times can be arranged individually with your child’s class teacher.