Staff at Wheeler work relentlessly to ensure our children receive a broad and balanced curriculum which is progressive and adapted to meet the needs of all pupils. Instrumental in this is Assessment. We strongly believe that assessment provides information to improve teaching and learning and ensure that all pupils make progress from their starting points.
Some methods are identified below. For further information please see the ‘Assessment Policy’
Twice a year we have assessment ‘harvests’, where we collect information about how all the children are achieving in Reading, Writing and Maths. During this time pupils sit formal tests which help to support and inform teacher assessments which are supported by Key Performance Indicators.
Formative assessment takes place on a day-to-day basis during teaching and learning, allowing teachers and pupils to assess attainment and progress more frequently.
Children carry out ‘Cold’ tasks at the start of a unit of learning in Maths and Literacy. These tasks act as a diagnostic assessment, indicating what is already known and what gaps may exist in skills or knowledge. If a teacher and pupil understand what has been achieved to date, it is easier to plan the next steps. As the learning continues, further formative assessments indicate whether teaching plans need to be amended to reinforce or extend learning. At the end of the unit of work pupils will then complete a ‘Hot’ task which demonstrates the progress they have made from their starting points.
Formative assessments may take many other forms and may include; marking and feedback, questions, tasks, quizzes or more formal assessments.
Early Years: Teachers use a combination of the Early Years profile and the new baseline assessment to measure pupil progress. The profile will provide valuable information against the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) and the characteristics of their learning. Children are expected to achieve a Good Level of Development (GLD) by the end of the year, and this involves meeting expectations in personal, social and emotional development; communication & language, and physical development; as well as requirements in reading, writing & maths.
Year 1: Pupils have a Phonics Check during the Summer Term. This will indicate if children have met the required standard in Phonics.
Year 2 and Year 6: Children will be formally tested and sit a number of papers covering grammar, punctuation and spelling; reading and comprehension and maths and problem solving.
For further guidance of KS1/2 SATs please see information for parent published by the DFE.