This information and advice has been put together to inform you of Driffield CE Infant School’s assessment procedures for this and coming years.
As many of you will be aware, as of September 2014, the DfE removed assessing with levels for children in primary schools. Schools were encouraged to create their own non-level based assessment system.
Effective Assessment Systems should;
- Give reliable information to parents about how their child, and their child’s school is performing
- Help drive improvement for pupils and teachers
- Make sure the school is keeping up with external best practice and innovation
(DfE Assessment Principles)
Early Years Foundation Stage
Within the first half term of Foundation Stage staff will carry out ta baseline check using the Early Excellence Model . This is based purely on observation of children at play and working in small groups so that the children have no idea they are being assessed. We felt it was really important to select a method that was based on our principles of early years education. This assessment will give staff further information about the next steps for children and any gaps they may have in their learning so that we can ensure we provide the right support and challenge.
Throughout the rest of the year the children will continue to be assessed against the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP for short) as in the past. This consists of Ages and Stages criteria for our young learners moving into Early Learning Goals for end of Foundation Stage.
At the end of Foundation Stage these are reported as Emerging, Expected or Exceeding the Early Learning Goals in each area.
Evidence is gathered across the year to create ‘ electronic Learning Journeys’ for all children in EYFS and we value all contributions from parents and carers to these documents.
Assessment in EYFS is gathered through observations of learners, samples of learning, photographs and conversations which demonstrate the child’s understanding of a given concept.
In addition to this, staff identify the learning behaviours of children and plan lessons and activities to develop a wide range of learning skills in preparation for the next stage in their education Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2).
YEAR 1 and 2
In line with the New National Curriculum and raised expectations, children are now assessed in a number of ways rather than by levels as used in the past.
Driffield CE Infant School staff will be teaching from the New National Curriculum and covering all requirements for the specific year groups. These are called ‘Year End Expectations’
The ‘Year End Expectations’ have been taken from the New National Curriculum and state the minimum requirements a learner must meet in order to ensure continued progress throughout the year in line with age expected standards.
Please follow the link at the bottom of this page to read the ‘End of Year Expectations’ for Reading, Writing, Maths and Science for the year group your child is in.r.
Any gaps identified in learning for the children due to the increased expectations will be covered and staff have worked together to ensure that the coverage for children is in place.
Driffield CE Infant School has decided to use a new assessment progression framework in line with the ‘End of Key Stage Expectations’ developed by ‘Chris Quigley Education’. This relates to depth of learning.
Learners are assessed against each area in terms of whether, at each stage, they are Basic, Advancing or Deep learners. This relates to their levels of understanding of the content and skills taught and how they apply this to other areas of the curriculum.
The new National Curriculum focuses very much on ensuring children have a breadth of understanding within the concepts and skills they learn. The application of skills and understanding across a wide range of curriculum areas is key. Rather than moving ‘up’ the stages, the focus is on moving ‘outwards’ developing a deeper understanding.
Our curriculum is broken down into key objectives taken from the National Curriculum and these are taught in both Y1 and 2, ensuring deeper understanding of the key concepts. Our Enquiry Based Learning is a perfect vehicle for this approach and ensures the children have lots of opportunities to apply and consolidate what they are learning in a range of contexts meaningful to them.
A basic learner will be acquiring new skills and will be covering the objectives with some support from an adult. At this stage children will be following instructions and explanations from the teacher and should typically be able to describe, follow instructions, complete tasks, recall information, ask basic questions, report on their learning, repeat and memorise. This is the expected level for Y1. Advancing is the expected level for Year 2 and moves onto children practising and applying their learning from Y1. They should be able to apply their skills to solve problems more independently, explain their methods, infer, identify patterns, organise, interpret and make observations with some reminders. The most able pupils will move onto the more cognitive demands of deeper understanding and should be able to solve non-routine problems, explain concepts and apply their learning across a whole range of situations.
Gathering evidence of learners progress and development will continue with a wide range of Formative Assessment; (day to day assessment through learning completed, observations, conversations and guided sessions) which will inform staff’s planning and also Summative Assessment (more formal assessment/tests) which will play a part in the overall assessment and progress checks for learners at set times in the year.
At the end of Y2 pupils will be assessed as working at the expected standard, working towards the expected standard or working at greater depth within the expected standard. This will be based on teacher assessment from a broad range of evidence across the curriculum including children’s performance in new Key Stage 1 reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) and maths tests. These tests will be carried out during the month of May. For a child to be assessed as working at the expected level they must demonstrate evidence of all the statements in the end of Key Stage expectation booklet .