Assessment

The purpose of the assessment process is to ascertain how well pupils are progressing through the national curriculum programmes of study. Teachers assess children's progress continually through: class discussions and planned dialogues, activities, pupil responses, by marking books, pupil contributions in class and more formal assessments.  By assessing continuously, teachers are able to support pupils in their learning at that point in time, planning to consolidate and extend their learning in the next lesson. 

In addition to this, the government assesses children's progress as specific milestones in their learning. 

Reception: at the end of the Reception year, pupils are assessed against Early Learning Goals and the data compared nationally. 

Year 1: All pupils in year 1 are required to take a phonics test. The children are asked to read 40 progressively more difficult words aloud to their teacher on a 1:1 basis. The test ascertains whether children can decode and read whole words. It does not test their ability to read sentences or gain meaning from their reading. Results of the test are shared with parents and published nationally.  

Children in Year 2 will undertake end of Key Stage Tests at the end of the summer term in Reading, Writing and Maths. These are used to support the class teacher's assessment of the children in these areas and a teacher assessment judgement is then reported to parents and to the Local Authority. 

Year 6 children will undertake end of Key Stage 2 Tests in May for: Reading Comprehension, Mental Maths, Maths Reasoning, Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation. Children's writing is assessed by a teacher and then moderated, either by other year 6 teachers or by a trained county moderator. 

Ide Hill focuses on results of every kind. We aim to equip children to approach tests in a calm yet confident manner, with a positive mindset and therefore give all children the opportunity to show their best.