At Tackley we know that assessment is an important part of informing our teaching and learning, this enables us to ensure that our teaching is appropriate and that learners are making expected progress.
We assess children three times a year using the Progress in Understanding Maths Assessment (PUMA), the Progress in Reading Assessment (PIRA), Grammar and Punctuation Spelling (GAPS) and using the Oxford Writing Criterion. This data is used alongside teacher assessment and evidence in children’s books to identify children’s next steps for learning.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
An initial baseline assessment is carried out in the first four weeks of the children entering school, using the EYFS profile. Summative assessments are carried out using evidence gathered and the adult’s in-depth knowledge of the child in December and April. The statutory Foundation Stage Profile is completed in June.
Year 1 Phonic check
The phonics screening check demonstrates how well children can use the phonics skills they’ve learned up to the end of Year 1, and to identify pupils who needs extra phonics help.
The check consists of 40 words and non-words that children are asked to read one to one to a teacher. Children are scored against a national standard, and the result is reported as whether the children are working at or below this standard.
Children who do not meet the required standard in Year 1 will be re-checked in Year 2.
End of Key Stage One assessments
These tests are externally set and marked by class teachers.
The reading test is comprised of two parts: one integrated reading and answer booklet and one separate reading booklet with an associated reading answer booklet. The reading test takes approximatively 60 minutes.
The Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test consists of three papers:
- Paper 1: Grammar and punctuations, short written task (20 minutes)
- Paper 2: Grammar, punctuation and vocabulary questions (two 10 minute tasks)
- Paper 3: Spelling – 20 questions
Handwriting will also be assessed. Writing is teacher assessed against the Interim Assessment Framework.
The maths test consists of two papers:
- Paper 1: arithmetic (15 minutes)
Paper 2: fluency, problem solving and reasoning (35 minutes)
Tests papers are marked in school by teachers who will use government conversion tables to translate pupils’ raw scores into scaled scores to see whether each pupil has met the national standard. They will use the scaled scores to inform their teacher assessment judgements.
End of Key Stage Two assessments
These tests are externally set and externally marked.
The reading test is a single paper with questions based on 3 or 4 unrelated texts of between 1800 and 2300 words; there is an emphasis on reading comprehension (one hour including reading time).
The grammar, punctuation and spelling test consists of two parts; a grammar and punctuation paper and an oral spelling test of 20 words (about 15 minutes)
There is no formal writing test. Instead teachers assess pupil writing standards over the course of the year against the Interim Assessment Framework.
The maths test comprises of three papers:
- Paper 1: arithmetic – number, calculations and fractions, decimals and percentages (30 minutes)
Papers 2 and 3: mathematical fluency, solving problems and reasoning (40 minutes per paper)
Each pupil registered for the tests will receive:
- A raw score (the number of raw marks awarded)
- A scaled score *
- Confirmation of whether or not they attained the national standard
100 will always represented the expected standard for that stage. The scale will have a lower end point below 100 and an upper end point above 100.
A pupil’s scaled score will be based on their raw score. The raw score is the total number of marks a pupil receives in a test, based on the number of questions they answered correctly. The pupil’s raw score will be translated into a scaled score using a conversion table. A pupil who achieves the national standard will have demonstrated sufficient knowledge in the areas assessed by the test. This assessment of ‘embedded learning’ will mean that they are well place to succeed in the next phase of their education.
Results from the End of Key Stage tests are included in the end of year reports to parents.