Assessment at Grateley
In the first year of school, children in Year R are tracked using the Foundation Stage Profile using tracking and profile software. Information from this is shared both at parents' evenings and in the end of year report to parents. Little Wandle Early Reading and Phonics Program is taught throughout the year across EYFS and Y1.
At Grateley, we use both formative and summative assessment for reading, writing and mathematics. This involves teachers continuously drawing upon day to day teaching and assessment which reveals pupils’ understanding and misconceptions. Teachers will periodically focus on key parts of the curriculum, rather than looking at the whole curriculum every time and make a judgement based on tracking progress over time. Our assessment practice is aimed at ensuring the timely acquisition of knowledge, skills and concepts in order that as many pupils as possible have the opportunity to deepen learning rather than to accelerate progress superficially.
Half termly, data drops and regular pupil progress meetings set increasing expectations of fluency, complexity of context and independence. Each assessment point reviews to what extent the pupil has deepened their understanding of the previous acquisition of knowledge and skills. This information is then used to track the progress of individuals and cohorts, and gives an opportunity to re-focus on areas where gaps in knowledge and skills have been identified.
Information from assessments is shared informally at parents' evening and formally in the end of year reports to parents.
For a more detailed explanation of the Assessment practice at Grateley, please read the attached Assessment and Marking Policy.