Assessments at Rickley Park
We believe we will achieve our school key values and aims by providing high quality teaching and learning for all of our pupils by focussing explicitly on what our pupils are learning, rather than what they are doing. We also believe that assessment for learning underpins all aspects of quality first teaching and this is reflected in our approach to learning at Rickley Park Primary School. We have gone back to basics with tracking and assessment, ensuring that all children are accurately monitored and their progress shared with parents so that we can support learning together.
Children in Nursery and Reception are assessed against the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) outcomes. At Rickley Park we use Early Essence to record and track the achievements of the children.
Year 1 Phonics
In the EYFS, KS1 and, where required in Key Stage 2, we will use the Rickley Park Phonics Assessment Grid to determine the current phase (sub-levelled) individual children are working on (please refer to the English Policy for more information).
Year 1 will continue to undertake the statutory Year 1 Phonics Assessment [Summer Term] and those children in Year 2 who do not meet the expected level in the statutory Year 1 Phonics Assessment will continue to take the assessment again in Year 2 [Summer Term].
Formal Assessment (end of Key Stage 1 and end of Key Stage 2)
From summer 2016 children (at the end of Year 2 and Year 6) will be assessed (through SATs) against the revised National Curriculum (2014) standards. We also use PiXL tests to track children throughout the year. PiXL tests allow us to identify gaps in each child's learning and create 'therapies' to address any misconceptions.
For more information, please go to https://www.pixl.org.uk/
Children are given a “scaled score” for reading, grammar, punctuation and spelling and Maths with 100 being the expected score. This means that if a child achieves a scaled score of 100 or more than they are at the expected level. A score below 100 means that they are working below the expected level. We are currently working on improving children's reading speeds as there is a direct correlation with this and children's scaled scores. Children who did not make the scaled score of 100 in the 2018 Sats, all had reading scores of below 90 words per minute. We are working to ensure that no child is left behind because of this.
Children's writing is also "teacher assessed" - with children assessed at work at, below or above the expected level. This teacher assessment is periodically moderated by the Local Authority to ensure it is accurate. Rickley Park was moderated in 2015 (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2) and in 2016 (Key Stage 2 only).
The national aspiration is that all children will reach the expected level and that all children should be working within their age related expectations.
The emphasis on the National Curriculum (2014) is on "mastery" rather than "acceleration" - which means that teachers are expected to extend the context of the learning not accelerate learners into the learning objectives for the year above.
We are now using PiXL to track children across the school and also introducing Tapestry acorss Years 1-6. This will enable us to share learning with parents when fully set up and teachers are trained.
Here are the expectations in spellings: