Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The EYFS Statutory Framework sets out the learning and development stages for children as they grow from birth to five years. It supports staff so they know what to do to ensure children at the end of their Reception year are ready for Key Stage 1
The areas of learning and development are:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
Your child's progress will be reviewed when they're between 2 and 3 by an early years practitioner or health visitor.
Their class teacher will assess them at the end of the school year when they turn 5.
The assessment is based on classroom observation - your child won’t be tested. It uses the early learning goals, which can be found in the EYFS outcomes
For more information click on the link What to expect when?
Key Stage 1
The Year 1 phonics screening check is not a formal test, but a way for teachers to ensure that children are making sufficient progress with their phonics skills to read words and that they are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning
Click on the PowerPoint for more information Y1 Phonic Screening Check
The National Curriculum 2014 sets out programmes of study for key subjects and says what children need to learn and when they should learn it from Year 1 to Year 6. The curriculum reflects expectations and requires raised attainment in all year groups. The following information explains how children are measured against the programmes of study for English, Mathematics and Science.
The use of levels to assess pupils in all year groups became extinct in July 2015. The government believed that there was too much pressure on schools to push children through levels and attainment targets and, as a result, many children had significant gaps in their learning and were left without the necessary breadth and depth of learning at the level appropriate for their age. The emphasis on the curriculum, therefore, is that all pupils should secure their knowledge and understanding of the year group they are in and, once achieved, ‘master’ this learning in greater breadth and depth .
Tracking and Reporting Assessment Information
Schools have been allowed the freedom to devise their own systems of monitoring and tracking children’s attainment and progress. As a result of these changes, we have changed the way in which we monitor and record children’s progress towards end of key stage outcomes.
If children are assessed as being at the typical stage of development for their age at a particular time, they will be judged to be on track for the end of year expectations. Some children may be working below or working towards end of year expectations and will have additional support to enable them to close the gap.
Other children may be working above their expected end of year expectations and will access teaching and learning opportunities which will add breadth and depth to their learning.
The stage at which your child is working, the targets set and the next steps in learning will be shared with you on parents’ evening in the Autumn and Spring terms. This information enables you to have an understanding of where your child is in relation to national expectations and what he or she needs to do next in order to make good progress and achieve the best possible outcomes.
At parents’ evenings, teachers will therefore discuss your child’s attainment and progress in the following terms:
- Working below the expected standard for their age-not on track
- Working towards the expected standard for their age-on track
- Working within the expected standard-on track to be working at greater depth
At the end of the year, the written report you receive from the teacher will report the following outcomes:
- Working below the expected standard
- Working at the expected standard
- Working at greater depth within the expected standard
For more information click on the links Assessment Information for Parents and School Assessment Policy
Timetable for statutory assessments
Key Stage 1 test period
Y1 Phonics Screening Check
Reception Early Years profile assessments