Hampton Wick Infant and Nursery School recognises that assessment is an integral part of learning and teaching. It drives planning, provision and delivery, influencing the steps teaching staff must take to support learners in narrowing gaps which they may have. Alongside this, it offers an opportunity for children to demonstrate and review their progress. Assessment is fundamental to successful learning and teaching and is critical to our high expectations culture.
At Hampton Wick Infant and Nursery School we aim to:
Track pupil progress to inform teaching, learning and target setting.
Assess pupil’s work effectively, using positive, formative methods which ensure regular feedback for children on their achievements.
Use assessment to identify individual pupil’s needs.
Actively involve pupils, where appropriate, in the assessment process.
Use a variety of consistent methods to assess pupil’s learning according to National Curriculum requirements, school policies and AfC directives.
Use assessment for future planning.
Keep records of pupil’s progress and achievements in line with the school policy, to inform pupils, parents and colleagues of attainment and achievement.
Report pupil achievement according to statutory requirements and school policy.
Consult, inform and advise parents about their children’s learning and development.
Consult, inform and seek advice from outside agencies through the assessment process.
Special Educational Needs and Assessment
In order to cater for all needs within our school the Class Teacher will ensure successful provision through a differentiated curriculum and Personal Education Plans (PEPs) as appropriate. Precise records are kept by the Class Teacher to monitor the pupil’s progress and the teacher will discuss individual children causing concern with the SENCo. In that way, possible programmes of work can be explored to help the child access the curriculum appropriately. This also may include discussion with outside agencies. The school Special Needs Policy provides guidance on procedures in identifying, addressing and monitoring special individual needs
What is a Key Stage?
The National Curriculum is divided into 4 Key Stages. Each Key Stage covers a different period of a child’s educational life.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) – Nursery, Reception, 3 – 5 yrs
Key Stage One (KS1) - year 1 and Year 2, 5 – 7 yrs
Key Stage Two (KS2) - year 3, year 4, year 5, year 6, 7 – 11 yrs
Key Stage Three (KS3) - year 7, year 8, year 9 11 – 14 yrs
Key Stage Four (KS4) - year 10, year 11, 14 – 16 yrs
Hampton Wick Infant and Nursery School covers the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. Children begin Key Stage 2 when they start Year 3 at St. John's, which is a junior school.
Early Years Assessment
At the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage children are assessed against the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. There are 7 areas of learning covering 17 early learning goals (ELGs). For a child to achieve a Good Level of Development (GLD) they must be assessed as working at the expected level in the Prime Areas of Learning, Literacy and Mathematics.
KS1 Phonics Screening Test
All children at the end of Year 1 must complete the ‘Phonics Screening Test’.
KS1 End of Year Assessment - SATs (Standard Assessment Tests)
All children at the end of Year 2 must complete SATs. The tests are informal, not timed and take place in the classroom. The tests consist of:
English reading paper 1
English reading paper 2
Mathematics paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics paper 1: arithmetic
The optional Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test is also completed at HWINS.
In addition, a Teacher Assessment against the Teacher Assessment Framework is completed for Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Science.
More information can be viewed in the Assessment Policy on our 'Policies' page.