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Assessment at Well Green Primary School


Early Years

On entry to Nursery and through their Nursery Year, all children are assessed against the age appropriate Development Matters points. These assessments continue into Reception and form an important part of the transition between the two classes. Their progress in achieving the different steps in each of the six areas of learning is recorded and tracked as an ongoing process throughout the year. The children each have a 'Learning Journey' book where pieces of work relating to the different areas are kept as a record of their learning, progress and achievements.


At the end of Reception, children are assessed against the ‘Early Learning Goals’ (the age related expectations at the end of Reception). They are judged at either emerging, meeting, or exceeding these objectives.


Key stage 1 and 2

The current National Curriculum was introduced in September 2014 and schools are required to assess pupils attainment against the objectives for their year group as outlined in the National Curriculum so that progress can be measured and tracked.


There are statutory national assessments at the end of each Key Stage (in Year 2 and Year 6) and a phonics check near the end of Year 1 (and a re-test for children in Year 2 if they do not pass in Year 1). These tests are challenging in line with the curriculum objectives which set high expectations of the children in each year group. The tests report a precise scaled score, where 100 is the expected standard of the test. A scaled score of 110 or more on these tests is regarded as working at greater depth.


In school,  we have a 4-step system to assess a child’s progress within each year group against their end of year expectations. The language used is as follows:

Working towards- Starting to meet some of the end of year expectations.

Emerging- Secure in some of the end of year expectations.

Securing- Secure in the majority of the end of year expectations.

Greater Depth- Secure in almost all of the end of year expectations and is able to transfer and apply their learning in different contexts.

When a child has become ‘secure’  in their year group expectations, they are expected to add more depth and breadth to their knowledge by using and applying their knowledge and skills in a range of contexts. It is expected that they gain depth and mastery of the concepts rather than moving on to the objectives for the next year group.


To help you to understand what the expectations are for reading, writing, GPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling) and mathematics in each year group, please find copies of the school leaflets containing these below.