Page Updated 17.08.16
AssessmentOver the last two years the government have made some changes to assessment.
From now on in Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, the children are assessed against the objectives in the New National Curriculum (2014), relevant for their year group. Year 1 = Stage 1, Year 2 = Stage 2, Year 3 = Stage 3, Year 4 = Stage 4, Year 5 = Stage 5 and Year 6 = Stage 6.
Within those stages the children could be, 'beginning,' 'beginning+,' 'developing,' 'developing+,' 'secure' or 'exceeding.'
The expectation is that at the end of a school year the children are 'secure' in the appropriate stage. With the exception of Reading and Writing in Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6 because Years 3 and 4 have the same English objectives, as do Years 5 and 6, therefore for Years 3 and 5 they have two years in which to complete the objectives, so if they are currently developing they are on track to secure the objectives for English by the end of the following year.
As teachers, when we mark a piece of work we identify successes, which are shown as smiley faces and areas to work on, which are shown as thought bubbles. The thought bubble statements become the children's targets to work on.
In the Foundation Stage, the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, which is a statutory framework. Throughout the year, the staff undertake many observations of the children, at play and at work, to build up a picture of the whole child. This information is then used to identify whether they are at an 'emerging' level, the 'expected' level or an 'exceeding' level. The expectation is that at the end of the Foundation year the children are at the 'expected' level.