The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

Teacher Assessments and National Tests

Foundation Stage Profile

The Foundation Stage Profile is a tool to track the children's progress throughout nursery and their first year of school. It assists the teacher in identifying and providing for children's individual needs from entry, through to the end of the year. The teacher, supported by the teaching assistants makes on going observations which feed into the end of term assessment.


Phonics Screening Check

At the end of year 1 in June, all year 1 pupils take a simple decoding check to see whether they have acquired the 44 phonemes. Pupils are given a list of 32 real and nonsense words to decode. The information is used by teachers to identify any learning gaps. Parents are informed whether their child has met the expected number of words.


Key Stage 1 SATs

These assessments take place during the summer term for children in Year 2. They are a mixture of tests and class based tasks. At the end of Year 2, parents receive information about their child's progress in Year 2, as well Teacher Assessment scores for English and Maths. Please come and talk to us if you have any questions about this process.


Key Stage 2 SATs

At the end of Year 6, there are National tests in English, Maths and Science. Teacher assessments also contribute to the final attainment level for pupils in Writing. In addition parents are informed of their child's teacher assessed level which give an impression of overall attainment in the Key Stage.


Key Stage 2 Tests and tasks

At the end of Years 3, 4 and 5, children may take tests in English and Maths. This gives pupils useful experience of sitting a timed test. In addition teachers use pupil progress measures to assess attainment.