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Assessment at Redhill is purposeful and gives an insight into pupils' knowledge and understanding, allowing teachers to set realistic, yet challenging targets. Assessment is carried out daily through formative methods and also summative to provide clear information on knowledge, skills, key concepts and also the application of these. Assessment may look very different from one child to the next as all children have different starting places and learning styles. The changes to the national curriculum and the assessment of its impact go well beyond mere changes of content. They invoke very different day to day approaches to assessment and signal fundamental shifts in ideas about learning and assessment. The sub levels have now been removed and the new curriculum is founded on the principle that teachers should ensure that the pupils have a secure understanding of key ideas and concepts before moving onto the next phase.
The three main forms of assessment at Redhill are:
As part of the formative assessment, teachers use their knowledge of what the child can do to support planning of future teaching. Books are looked at and next steps are considered. Teachers also use publications that we have bought to identify where there are strengths within an individual/groups/cohorts understanding, and establish what the areas for development are. At the end of each term summative assessments are used to add to the teacher's assessment of the children. These assessments allow teachers to identify progress and also plan further work.National assessments happen in the summer term. These assessments are carried out with Year 1, Year 2 and Year 6.
Year 1 children all undergo a phonics screen in June. Each child will sit with their teacher in a quiet place and be assessed on their application of phonics knowledge. The children are expected to read a range of real and nonsense words which include phonics that they have been taught.
Year 2 children will take part in the KS1 SATs. There is a window of time for these to be completed in May. The teachers then use the results from these assessments and add them to the teacher judgments submitted in June. Children will take part in Maths papers which will assess their calculation skills and application of knowledge to problems involving all four operations and shape, space and measure. The children will also sit two reading papers where they will need to use comprehension skills to answer a range of questions on what they have read. The writing level is based solely on what the children have been doing in lessons and there is not a formal test for this. Evidence will be taken from different genres the children have produced over a period of time. The children in year 2 will also take a SPaG assessment (Spelling Punctuation and Grammar) to assess their application of spelling and grammar.Year 6 children will take part in KS2 SATs during one week in May which is pre-determined by the government. Children complete tests in grammar, punctuation and spelling, reading and mathematics. The grammar, punctuation and spelling tests consists of two papers: one focussing on testing children's application of grammar and punctuation and the other on spelling words dictated to them. The reading paper tests the children's ability to answer a range of comprehension questions based on three texts of varying difficulty and length. There are three papers for the children to complete in mathematics: an arithmetic paper, testing children on calculations involving the four operations; and two reasoning papers, which test the children on their ability to answer varied, multi-step questions that require them to apply their mathematical reasoning skills. The results of these tests are published in July and parents receive them, alongside a teacher assessment in Writing and Science, in their child's end of year report.
For more information on these assessments, please see the guide below which were published by the government in preparation for the 2019 SATs. SATs did not take place in 2020 or 2021 due to the partial closure of schools.