Students in Pre-school and Reception classes are assessed by their class teacher throughout the year through group observation and one to one sessions using the EYFS as a guide. Evidence of progress is collected in their Learning Journey and this remains with the child through to the end of their Reception year. In Year 1, assessments are more structured and students complete written as well as verbal and observed assessments. At the end of Year 1, all students take the standardised Phonics Test used by all schools running National Curriculum for England.
This year, the Year 1 students will take part in the phonics screening check. The phonics screening check is a short, simple assessment to make sure that all pupils have learned phonic decoding to an appropriate standard by the age of six. All Year 1 students will complete the check.
Students from across the Primary School will be sitting their assessment tests this month. These are used by teachers as an assessment tool to measure the level of progress your child had made across a number of subject areas. It is, however, important to highlight that the test results are only a ‘snapshot’ of a student’s performance, and the levels written on your child’s end of year report are ‘teacher assessment’ levels that reflect your child’s progress from across the academic year.
Your child’s teacher will have sent home any necessary preparation for the end of year assessments and are always happy to answer any questions you may have through a face to face appointment, email or telephone call.
Although success in end of year examinations is prepared throughout the year, the next couple of weeks are crucial, hence we expect parents’ support to ensure that students attend school punctually every day. During the exams, the timing of the school day does not change: 7:00am – 13:30pm.
All students have been given a list of topics to revise for each exam by their subject teacher and targeted revision sessions will take place daily in between scheduled exams during Exam Week. A revision timetable will be announced next week. These sessions are essential to consolidate not only subject skills and knowledge, but exam tips and techniques.