Watermore Primary School

Frampton Cotterell, Bristol

Assessment 

An important part of our work is to ensure that our teaching matches the needs of our pupils. Through assessing their progress, we can ensure that appropriate work is planned for the next stages in the children’s learning.

Underpinning Principles for Assessment Document 

Early Years  Foundation Stage (Reception class)

A new ‘Baseline Assessment’ has been introduced for all children in Reception in September 2015. This will take place during the first few weeks in school. Throughout their first year at school, children are continually assessed in the 6 areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, beginning with the prime areas of learning and leading on to the specific areas of learning.  This assessment is mainly carried out through observations by the teacher or teaching assistant, of practical activities in which the children are involved. This assessment is recorded using an online learning diary which parents are able to access from home, and add to.

Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2)

Ongoing teacher assessment is used to help identify and meet learning needs. In line with government requirements, year 2 children will take new National Curriculum tests for the first time in 2016. 

Key Stage Two (Years 3 - 6)

Ongoing teacher assessment is used to help identify and meet learning needs. In Year 6, children take the National SAT tests in Reading, SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) and Maths. These are reported to parents and the Local Authority. New tests will be introuduced in 2016.

From September 2015, the new National Curriculum does not have assessment by levels of attainment. In common with all other schools, we are currently developing new ways to assess without levels, according to Year group expectations. We will be reporting to parents how this is working and what the assessments mean, as the year progresses.

Early Years Foundation Stage

86% of our Reception children were judged to have made a ‘good level of development’ by the end of their first year in school. This is significantly higher than the local authority average.

 

Year 2 Teacher Assessment Results 2014 - 15

 

Year 6 Test Results 2015

SPAG refers to  Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.

Boxes highlighted in green show results that are significantly higher than national results.

100% of pupils made the expected (2 levels) progress in Reading, with 32% making more than expected progress (3 levels)

100% of pupils made the expected progress in Writing, with 39% making more than expected progress (3 levels)

96% of pupils made the expected progress in Maths, with 64% making more than expected progress (3 or 4 levels)

We value progress and attainment in all areas of school life, but it is not possible to show statistical evidence for such subjects sports, the arts Citizenship. We celebrate the whole range of children’s achievements in newsletters, assemblies, school performances and at special events during the year.

 

Please follow this link to access the DfE School Perfomance Tables www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/index.html