How we assess our children

At Gray's Farm Primary Academy, all children are assessed at regular intervals throughout the year to ensure consistent and accurate recording and monitoring of their levels. They are assessed in reading, writing and maths, which allows the children to understand where they are currently, how they have progressed, and crucially what they need to do to improve.

How do we assess reading?

In both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, we assess reading through our Guided Reading sessions, which happen on a daily basis and through a formal assessment once every half term (PIRA test).  Key comprehension texts are shared with the children, discussed and then the children have the opportunity to unpick the text and will answer questions on it. The answers from these questions and the child’s general reading ability will help to inform their Target Tracker teacher assessment. The PIRA test is taken once every half term and the results of these tests will inform future planning for the children.

In Key Stage Two, we also use Accelerated Reader to help with our assessments of reading.  The children read their Accelerated Reader books both at home and in school.  The children will then complete a quiz in school.  These quizzes provide us with data, such as the children’s reading age and information about their knowledge and understanding of a text.  All of these things combined provide us with enough information to make an accurate teacher assessment.

How do we assess writing?

Writing is assessed termly based around objectives on Target Tracker and the Writing Framework- based on the National Curriculum.   The teachers plan for the children around key objectives.  The teacher will look at a wide selection of writing in the child’s English books to inform their overall judgement and for teachers to set children targets. The writing is moderated against other children within the class and against the other class to ensure consistency.  Every long term, there is a TKAT wide moderation of writing to, once again, ensure consistency for us against other schools.

How do we assess maths?

MyMathsMind - All children have 5-10minutes once a week to assess fluency and quick recall of skills taught the previous week. These activities are adapted to suit each class and ability. Analysis of these assessments is then used to inform future planning and interventions.

Assessment Week: Children will complete a test paper (or task) which provides an accurate indication (alongside teacher assessment) of whether they are working at the expected level, above or below. These tests involve arithmetic and reasoning questions specific to the National Curriculum expectations for each year group.

Key Facts Test:  In KS1 this is a 5minute recall test of addition and subtraction number bonds and multiplication questions (involving 2’s, 5’s and 10’s times tables). In KS2, this is a 5minute recall test of multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12. These tests are completed once a week and progress is monitored.

Passports: These are specific to each child and build on number fluency, speed and inverse. They start from number bonds and simple multiplication and get progressively harder as they move through the countries and continents. Children are expected to show that they have met their targets at least three times in class, before being sent to Passport Control to be assessed. When successful, they are presented with a certificate, badge and a new set of targets.

Assessment Week:

Results from the FFF and assessment week tests are recorded formally and are used for the individual, class and year group analysis of pupil progress. These are discussed at half-termly pupil progress meetings, where any children causing concern are raised in discussion and actions decided. It is also expected that all teachers use this information to generate  discussions with the children to identify new targets.