Ongoing assessment in Reading is done by teachers in Key Stages One and Two during Whole Class Reading sessions. All pupils read aloud every day during these sessions, and they are questioned about texts they read so that teachers are able to understand their word-reading and comprehension abilities. Pupils in Years 1 to 6 also take termly PiRA test papers to show their understanding of Reading.
Pupils in Reception and Key Stage One are assessed on their phonological awareness through Rocket Phonics assessment materials, and they have books matched precisely to their reading ability based on this assessment.
Writing is assessed in all year groups using teacher judgement. Teachers regularly moderate writing against the age-related standards, within classes and with other year groups. This is done through a number of strands, for example Grammar, Composition or Spelling. Pupils in Years 1 to 6 also participate in 'No More Marking' writing exercises, where their writing is assessed anonymously against other pupils' writing, by a number of teachers across Oxfordshire.
Maths is assessed through a combination of teacher judgement against the curriculum, ongoing assessment for learning in lessons, and summative testing. Pupils in Years 1 to 6 take termly PUMA test papers to show their knowledge of concepts taught in Maths that term. This information is closely analysed by the leadership team and teachers, in order to move teaching and learning forward.
We assess our wider curriculum subjects in a number of ways, including ongoing Assessment for Learning and more formal assessments using our planned progression of knowledge and skills, hot and cold tasks, end-of-unit quizzes and Knowledge Organisers. The full cycle of assessment through a wider curriculum unit is shown here. We assess all pupils in how succesfully they have moved through our bespoke, Beckley curriculum and how well they have committed our curriculum to long-term memory.
Our pupils participate in a number of statuatory assessments.
- Reception - Baseline Assessment - within first six weeks of school
- Year 1 - Phonics Screening - during the last term of Year 1
- Year 2 - Key Stage One SATs - across May of Year 2
- Year 4 - Multiplication Tables Check - during the last term of Year 4
- Year 6 - Key Stage Two SATs - taken across one week, usually in May of Year 6