How We Assess Children



We analyse and review what we know about each child’s development and learning, and then make informed decisions about the child’s progress.  This enables us to plan the next steps to meet their development and learning needs. All adults, both in and out of school, who interact with the child, contribute to the assessment process.


Formative assessment:


This informs everyday planning and is based on on-going observation of each child’s achievements, interests and learning styles.  Formative assessment may take the form of anecdotal observations between staff or more focused observations recorded in a specific format.  Each child has a Special Book which is shared with their parent on a regular basis and contains annotated examples of work, photographs, and detailed observations. Children also regularly review their learning in their book and talk about what they would like to learn about next, what they find hard and so on. In F2 children also have Literacy and Maths books which are quality marked with the child, with next steps being discussed and responded to immediately in the lesson.


Summative assessment:


Children are assessed in the Foundation Stage using the Early Years Outcomes and the EYFS Profile. The Profile data is submitted to the local authority at times specified by them.

Teaching and learning in Communication and Language and Literacy and Numeracy is monitored by the literacy and mathematics co-ordinators through learning walks, lesson observations and pupil interviews.  Other areas of learning and development in the Foundation Stage are monitored in this way by the respective co-ordinators on a three year rolling programme, outlined in the School Improvement Plan. 




All children are assessed at least termly in Key Stage 1. This is a summative assessment which reflects knowledge skills and understanding at a specific point in time. Teachers use this information to analyse gaps in learning and inform future teaching.


Year 1 and Year 2 children are assessed in Reading, Writing, Maths, SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and Phonics.


Children are assessed daily using the school’s marking and feedback policy. This is an ongoing, formative assessment which provides instant next steps for children to progress in their day to day learning.


We believe no child should be left behind and provide tailored, bespoke additional support for children who need  extra help to meet expected standards or to challenge children to deepen learning to a mastery standard.


Read our parent/carer guide on how we assess children in Key Stage 1