Assessment at Banister Primary

 Year R

summative-assessment

Year R children are assessed during their first half term with us by the staff that work with them. This is not to “test” them but to ascertain what your child is able to do well, how we can help them improve and what support they might need. We will do this through observations of your child during their play and our work with them. The staff are so skilled that your child will not even notice!

We have chosen this year not to use a “baseline” assessment but to use our own teacher judgment against the Development Matters in the Early Years as the Government have decided that this is no longer going to be a statutory responsibility even though we trialled it last year. 

Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments. The document – Development Matters – shows how these themes, and the principles which we use in school to inform us and work together for children in the EYFS.

 

 

We would love for you to contribute to these assessments by using the Record from Home sheets – please let us know when your child is developing or mastering a new skill so we can us this to inform us, our planning and to celebrate their success.

We will share our findings with you at Parents Evening in October. Here we can draw on your knowledge of your child and share our ideas with you. Together we can discuss any concerns you may have and celebrate the successes your child has had in school. We may also suggest some ways that you can support your child at home and sometimes some activities that can help.

We are always observing and learning with and from your children to make sure that our provision is right. We complete our assessments again in December, March and June. Each time, we offer a parents evening to give us time to talk about your child’s progress.

In June / July we complete our end of year cycle. We use the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile to help us make our judgments. We don’t just do this by ourselves. We discuss our judgements with other schools in the Southampton Co-operative Learning Trust and across the city to make sure that we have the appropriate evidence and that our judgements are sound. Throughout the year, our staff attend training with other practitioners across the city to make sure that our knowledge of assessment is up to date and help us to improve our practice further.

We use the EYFS Profile statements to make judgements on your child in all their areas of learning and how they are doing in the development of their learning characteristics.

Each child is assessed as either; Emerging (working towards the statements) Expected or Exceeding as laid out in the EYFSP handbook 2017.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/564249/2017_EYFSP_handbook_v1.1.pdf

Once we have completed our judgements, we will share these with you in your child’s end of year report. We will report on every individual area for you as well as highlighting where your child has done well, what they need to work on to get even better and how you can help.

 

Year 1

Phonics Screening

This year, as for the last few year your child will be tested against the Phonics Screen. The phonics screening check is a short, simple test taken by each June to assess your child’s reading ability.  The Department for Education defines the checks as “short, light-touch assessments” that take about four to nine minutes to complete.  We do not tell your child when they will be taking their check so that they do not worry. Please don’t worry yourselves – we find that strangely the children seem to enjoy their check and the stickers and praise that follow!

At Banister we worked hard to put your child at ease before the check and like to spend some time talking with them to ensure that they are not too nervous. Our Phonics workshops are a great way to help you find out more and are run by our Literacy Leader, Mrs Fry, during the Autumn Term to help parents support their child further at home as well as answer any questions.

The checks consist of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-on-one with a teacher. Non-words (or nonsense words, or pseudo words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child has been taught, but don’t mean anything – your child will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them.

The 40 words and non-words are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters. The teacher administering the check with your child will give them a few practice words to read first – including some non-words – so they understand more about what they have to do. Each of the non-words is presented with a picture of a monster / alien, as if the word were their name (and so your child doesn’t think the word is a mistake because it doesn’t make sense!).

We will report to your on how well your child did to let you know that they either are Working Towards or Working At the standard expected. We will send these letters out by the end of June.

Internally, we will track your child’s progress across each lesson. We use teacher, self and peer assessment at the end of lessons to help too. Each term in Reading, Writing and Maths we pull together all the information we have to see how your child is doing towards the National Curriculum expectations. We will share our judgements with you at Parents Evening in October, March and July.

 

We will always inform you of where your child is doing well, what else your child now needs to do and how you can help and how they are doing towards the end of year expectations.

In July we will also send out your school report which will detail all of the above.

 

Yr 2

Year 2 children take tests to demonstrate their skills in Reading and Maths, also known as SATs, in May as set out by the Government and an opportunity in June to repeat the Phonic Screening Check if they did not meet the standard the year before.

Your child’s teacher will use the results of these tests to help them judge how well they are progressing, but they won’t be using the test results alone. Instead, they’ll be thinking about what they’ve seen over the whole of years 1 and 2 so they can get a full, accurate picture of how well your child is doing. We will then send you a report on their progress by the end of the summer term. Within the report we will tell you how well they have done this year against the National Curriculum Expectations. We will let you know if they are securing their skills (working towards) secure in their skills (expected) or are secure and are able to apply these across a range of contexts (greater depth). These are the descriptors that the Government have asked us to use.

Last year the Government produced a leaflet for parents to help explain this process further please see below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/527482/Information_for_parents_-_2016_NCT_results_at_the_end_of_key_stage_1_03062016__2__PDFA.pdf

We will run Parent meetings in the Spring term to share information with you and answer any questions you might have.

Internally, we will track your child’s progress across each term in Reading, Writing and Maths towards the National Curriculum expectations. We will share our judgements with you at Parents Evening in October, March and July.

We will always inform you of where your child is doing well, what else your child now needs to do and how you can help and how they are doing towards the end of year expectations.

In July we will also send out your school report which will detail all of the above.

 

If you would like to know more about what your child is expected to achieve by the end of each year check out our curriculum booklets!