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Sir Thomas Abney Primary School


Assessment for Learning (AFL) happens in all lessons and is the tool by which teachers identify next steps for individuals, groups and the class as a whole.

The progress of children is tracked termly through the assessment cycle which monitors individual and group attainment and progress.

In our school we use Arbor for tracking attainment and progress across Year 1 – Year 6 and Tapestry in the EYFS.

Termly Pupil Progress meetings are used to identify strengths and next steps, and plan effective support for individuals and groups where appropriate.

Statutory assessments happen at four points throughout Primary School, when pupils are assessed against National standards: 

  • At the end of Reception(EYFS): A ‘Good Level of Development’ measures children’s learning in personal, social and emotional development, physical development, communication and language, mathematics and literacy. 
  • At the end of Year 1: The Phonics Screening checks the children’s ability to apply phonics to decode when reading – this is considered a vital skill in learning to read. 
  • At the end of Year 2(KS1): The children are assessed by their teacher in Reading, Writing and Maths. Part of the assessment is a written test completed in small groups as part of normal classroom practice. 
  • At the end of Year 6(KS2): The children are assessed in Reading, Writing, Maths, SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) and Science. Reading, Maths and SPaG scores are determined by a formal written test.