Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning and is a continuous process that is part of daily life in school. Each child is a special unique individual. Through assessment teachers get to know the children in their class very well, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, their particular learning style and the next step appropriate for each child.
“We will… get to know them well”
Teachers continually assess children in a variety of ways. This may be informally by questioning, observing or the marking of work. Children are also encouraged to assess themselves and set targets for their own development.
More formal assessments take place as part of National Curriculum requirements. Children are formally tested in the core subjects of English and Maths at the ages of 7 and 11. The results of these tests are given as levels and are published with comparisons made with both local and national schools. Pupils are also assessed in Phonics in Year One.
At Primrose Hill Reception children are assessed individually on entry in Reception and at the end of Reception year using Base – a robust assessment system that allows us to closely monitor progress. We also carry out PIPS (Performance Indicators in Primary Schools) in Year One in English, Maths and attitude in order to allow us to monitor progress as pupils have progressed from the Early Years Curriculum to the National Curriculum. This helps us monitor progress, identify strengths and weaknesses, to set realistic targets for learning and to monitor our own curriculum and teaching.