At Cononley Primary School the purpose of assessment is:
- to enable all pupils to make at least expected progress and attainment from their different starting points.
- to celebrate achievement by enabling pupils to demonstrate what they know, understand and can do in each curriculum area.
- to identify gaps in pupil’s learning so that teachers can adjust planning and teaching to enable children to close the gap, make the next steps in learning and reach their full potential.
- to encourage pupils to become independent learners and thinkers, actively involved in their own learning through self-assessment, peer assessment and discussion with other pupils and members of staff.
- to provide effective feedback and marking which helps children to make the next steps in learning
- to inform learning targets (next steps)
- to ensure progression and continuity of learning and track each pupil’s learning journey through school;
- to provide assessment information for pupils, parents/carers and external agencies.
- to work with other schools to share good practice in order to improve assessment.
What is Being Assessed?
Children in Year 1 to Year 6 are assessed on their acquisition of knowledge and skills in each subject of the National Curriculum.
Children in Early Years Foundation Stage will be assessed using the outcomes from the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.
On-going Formative Assessment
Formative assessments will be used by staff on a day to day basis to find out what children know, need to consolidate or are finding difficult. Staff will work flexibly, adjusting planning and teaching in response to their pupils’ needs, enabling them to improve. Progress will be gauged by children knowing and remembering more. It is vitally important that key knowledge is transferred to the long-term memory in order for children to understand key concepts and ideas in future learning. Formative assessments are used to inform summative judgements at the end of each term.
In-School Summative Assessments
Summative judgements are made by using the accumulated information gathered by teaching staff from day to day formative assessments as well as end of unit tests, quizzes or assessments.
National Assessments and SATs (Statutory Assessment Tests)
National assessments and tests have been cancelled for summer 2021 due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
To read our Assessment Policy in full, please click the link below.