Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Early Years teaching staff record their initial assessments of the children using the B Squared EYFS Package. This assessment acts as a baseline for a pupil who starts their school journey with us. Baseline data is submitted to the Local Authority in Term 2. It is based on observations made by the class team.
Examples of evidence are attached to the B-Squared programming using EviSense – an online evidence tool that collates photographic, video and audio assessment examples. This information is collated by class teams and is moderated by Subject Leaders and the Head of the Primary Department. Key findings are reported to the Senior Leadership Team and Governors
These take into account all available information from parents/carers and previous settings which is collected during transition meetings and home visits/current setting visits where possible. We continue to observe children and will record our observations, particularly when we see ‘wow’ moments, which are often recorded on stickers or post-it notes. We analyse and review what we see or know about each pupils’ development and learning, and then we will make informed decisions about the pupils’ progress. This enables us to plan appropriate next steps.
Each child has their own Learning Journey, which documents their learning. This includes: observations (screen shots from EviSense) which may be photos and examples of their work in school. We assess each child in each area against the Early Learning Goals (ELGs). As well as the baseline data, we also gather data at two other points in the academic year. Profiles are moderated within school with colleagues from other year groups and with other schools within our collaboration (BANES and Bristol Moderation and Cluster Events). We also take part in BANES External moderation to ensure best practise. Tracking data is sent to the LA in terms 2 / 4 and final outcomes in term 6.
Year One phonics screening check
All children in Year 1 will participate in a phonics screening check. This assessment will be administered by the Year 1 teachers/English Subject Leader. The phonics screening check is a short and simple assessment of phonic decoding. It consists of a list of 40 words, half real words and half non-words, which Year 1 children read to a teacher. Administering the assessment usually takes between four and nine minutes per child. Results are shared with parents. If a pupil’s score falls below the pass threshold standard, they will be given extra phonics help and can re-take the Phonics screening check in Year 2. The threshold is subject to change on an annual basis and the school is informed of this after the test. If, in the opinion of year 1 teachers and the Headteacher, a pupil cannot access the test, they can be disapplied and parents will be consulted if this course of action is undertaken, however the final decision rests with the Headteacher.
Children in Year 2 and Year 6 sit SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) during May each year. These tests cover the content taught by the National Curriculum. At the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2), pupils will take SATs in reading, maths and grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS). They will also be assessed by their teacher on writing, speaking and listening and science. At the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6), pupils sit tests in reading, maths and GPS. Teachers are also required to submit their own teacher assessment for writing, reading, GPS, maths, speaking and listening and science. Children are expected to reach the national standard in both Year 2 and Year 6. This is a particular score that reflects where the Department for Education thinks children should be by that stage of their education. The national standard score for KS1 SATs and KS2 SATs is 100. Towards the end of the summer term, year 6 parents are given a report stating each child’s raw score (the actual number of marks they got in their SATs), their scaled score (a conversion score that allows results to be compared year on year) and whether or not they have achieved the national standard. Teacher assessments will also be used to build up a picture of each pupil’s learning and achievements. As with the phonics tests, if we feel a pupil is working significantly below the level of the assessment, the pupil can be disapplied.