All schools have the freedom to assess in a manner of their own choosing. At Abbey View, we use Insight to track children's progress.
We have a strong focus on Teacher Assessment, with teachers using the Insight software to identify where children are progressing well, and where the gaps in learning are.
In Foundation Stage, we use language like:
- Meeting expected levels of development
- Not yet reaching expected levels of development (‘emerging’).
In Key Stage 1 (and 2), we use language like:
- Working below the expected level/working towards age related expectations
- Working at the expected level/working at age related expectations
- Working at a greater depth (within the age related expectations)
Children carry out independent writing tasks at the end of each writing unit and are assessed at the end of each Maths and Science unit with a low stakes test. This informs future planning.
In Reception, we assess children on entry (baseline assessment) and regularly throughout the year through observation. Insight is updated half termly to track each child's progress towards termly expectations and the Early Learning Goals set out in the statutory Foundation Stage Profile .
Reception: The Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) is a statutory, age-appropriate assessment of early mathematics and literacy, communication and language, administered within the first six weeks of a pupil starting Foundation Stage. The assessment has two components, each consisting of practical tasks using physical resources. Parents will not find out the results of these assessments although teachers may discuss parts with individual parents.
Year 1: Year 1 pupils complete the Phonics Screening Check in June with results given to parents in the end of year reports.
Year 2: Year 2 pupils re-take the Phonics Screening Check in June if they did not meet the expected level in Y1. The Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) for Year 2 are no longer statutory from 2024.
Year 4: Year 4 pupils complete a statutory multiplication tables test in June.
Year 6: Year 6 pupils do a statutory Mental Arithmetic test, Maths test, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test and Reading Comprehension test in May. In some years, they may do a Science test, if the academy is selected to do so. These results are reported to parents, along with the Teacher Assessment of writing, in the end of year report.