Glasshoughton Infant Academy
At Glasshoughton Infant Academy we aim for all children to embed and retain key knowledge and skills in every subject through sequenced lessons, frequent retrieval of learning and regularly checking children’s understanding. Children’s learning over the year is tracked regularly by accumulating the knowledge and skills they have, as well as their ability to communicate. Teachers support children’s progress by identifying gaps in learning and addressing these through further teaching and intervention.
The three types of assessment are:
Parents and carers will be kept up to date with their child’s progress termly through parent consultations. Class Dojo is also available for parents and carers to ask their child’s class teacher any questions about their learning. End of year reports will inform parents and carers of their child’s end of year assessments.
At the end of KS1, schools are required to report an assessment judgement for each child for Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Science. Both end of KS1 tests and teacher assessment are used to inform the overall judgement. Children will be assessed as either working towards the expected standard, at the expected standard or at greater depth within the expected standard. Most children are expected to reach the expected standard by the end of Year 2.
The standardised tests are used to support the end of year judgements, alongside teacher assessment against the interim framework. The tests can be taken at any time the school chooses.
Children will complete two reading tests and two mathematics tests. There is no test to assess writing. Teachers will use samples of children’s independent writing to assess their composition, spelling and handwriting in order to make an accurate judgement.
In Year 1 children are required to complete a screening check to assess their ability to segment and blend words to read accurately, using their phonic knowledge. There are 40 words which children must read, some of which are real words and some of which are nonsense words, which are made up. Teachers and leaders who are familiar to the children will carry out the test. The pass mark is released when all schools have reported children’s scores.
At the end of the EYFS children are assessed against all 7 areas of learning as either emerging or expected. Children who are achieving the expected standard in the three prime areas; Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development and in the two specific areas; Literacy and Maths, are reported as achieving a Good Level of Development.
Teacher assessment, samples of work and observations from throughout the year are used to inform these end of year judgements.
Moderation is carried out regularly in school, within the Academy Trust and within the Local Authority throughout the year to ensure the accuracy of assessments. Teacher assessment is also moderated by Wakefield Local Authority to ensure teachers are making consistent assessments.
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