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 make on-going observations which support the end of term assessment. Parent and carers' involvement in the assessment and celebration of the children's learning is very important throughout their time in school and particularly in Early Years. Parents and carers will be invited into school on various occasions as we value that we are partners in learning. We also ask that you contribute to the ongoing portfolio of learning through Tapestry which is an online system to capture your child's progress and achievements.


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 statutory National Tests in English Reading and well as a Test in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GAPS), and Maths Tests. 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. If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to come and talk with the class teacher.


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.


Parents and carers receive a Termly bulleted update on progress and are invited to a termly parent/teacher meeting. At the end of the academic year parents/carers receive a fuller written report. Parents and carers are invited into school every Friday afternoon between 3:15 and 4:00pm to come and see your child's work and to think about ways to support the learning at home. No appointment is necessary for these drop-ins.