How we assess at Southill?
In EYFS the children have a Baseline Assessment within the first six weeks of their arrival into Reception. This is a simple set of fun ipad led interactive questions which help the teachers know what prior knowledge the children have on arrival in school.
At the end of EYFS prior to their transition to Year 1, pupils have an end of EYFS series of teacher judged attainment based on the Development Matters Framework. This informs the teaching in Early Years.
In Year 1 the children sit a Phonics Screen Test - this is done in class at the end of Year 1 with an adult who is very familiar to them and who is trained in phonics. The series of words the children decode are short, and there are 40 in total. The national pass mark for this (i.e. your child is considered to have reached an age appropriate level for decoding) is 32.
We do not teach to this test, and follow our phonics teaching scheme consistently, however, when your child has done this assessment, the outcomes will be given to you in their annual report. Where a child has SEND or other social or emotional needs, we will discuss with parents and carers, what the best path forwards is for them. This might be to do the test later or even not at all, if it isn't appropriate.
At the end of Year 2, children have Standard Assessment Tests (SAT's) in reading and mathematics. These are linked to the curriculum they have learned from EYFS to the end of Year 2. Again, they are not delivered in a formal way, and often children are in small groups to ensure that they are not anxious. We don't teach to these tests and they are simply administered during a week in June which isn't shared with the children prior to it taking place. The teachers use the outcomes of these assessments and their teacher judgement from their learning in class (including their books) to decide the attainment and progress of each pupil. This will be shared with parents in the annual report and through ongoing teacher discussions with parents. These assessments are no longer statutory but we will use them in school as a guide to attainment and progress as children move into KS2.
In Years 3 and 4 there are no formal mathematics or reading assessments and these are carried out internally but in Year 4 there is a Multiplication Tables Check. By year 4 children are expected to have been taught their times tables up to 12 x 12. This is measured using a short online check, during June each year. There isn't a pass mark but the outcomes will be shared with parents; there are 25 questions and 6 seconds to answer each and type it in. We don't tell the children when this is happening and to them, the assessment will seem much like a TT Rockstars session.
We share all assessment information with parents and carers and it is passed forwards to any new school the child subsequently attends.