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Assessment

Continuous Assessment

We are now using Earwig to record and share all our assessment data on our children at Black Firs.

Here is the parent presentation from autumn term

Foundation stage children are assessed against The Early Years Foundation Stage criteria. Years 1 to 6 are assessed against our Bookmark Assessment system which is based on the National Curriculum expected level descriptors.

Our on-going assessments inform teacher's planning and curriculum delivery to ensure all children's needs are met. Teachers are continually providing feedback so that children know what their next steps in learning are. The children have Bookmark targets for reading, writing and maths which they work towards on a daily basis and they are encouraged to apply these targets across all areas of our Curriculum.

As a School we formally assess children in reading, writing, and maths on a weekly basis. Teachers track children's progress and set new targets in reading, writing, and maths  as appropriate. Parents are informed about their child's attitude to learning, Bookmark targets are online and always available. Teachers will also share more general photos and information in the child's time-line. Assessment Reports are also shared more formally in spring & summer termly parents' meeting. Parents' can login to earwig at anytime to see a full academic report which indicates academic progress and attitude to learning. In addition to parents evenings we also hold sharing afternoons which provide the opportunity for the children to share their study work and learning environment.

 

National Assessments
At the end of Year 1 the children are assessed on the National Phonics Screening. Their result are reported to parents.
At the end of KS1 (Year 2) Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) are undertaken in maths and reading comprehension. These are marked by our School staff and moderated with other schools. The teacher's assessments are reported to parents at the end of the year.
Information about the 2016-2017 Key Stage 1 Assessments can be found in this information pack.
At the end of KS2 (Year 6) Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) are undertaken in maths and reading comprehension, spelling, grammar & punctuation. These are sent externally to be marked. Writing is also assessed by the class teachers and externally moderated. All Year 6 pupils across the country take the tests in the same week in May. The test results and Teacher Assessments are reported to parents at the end of the school year.
Information about the 2016-2017 Key Stage 2 Assessments can be found in this information pack.
Last year's current results can be viewed here

 

New Curriculum Assessment
The new national curriculum has been taught in primary schools since September 2014. At Black Firs we follow our own school curriculum but it is closly aligned to the new national curriculum. Those children who are at the end of KS2 in May 2016 will be the first to be assessed against the new national curriculum. Testing arrangements change every year but are compared via this website.