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Assessment

Assessment at Curwen Primary School is changing. In 2014 the Government introduced a new and exciting curriculum that we at Curwen Primary School have adapted to fit the needs of our school, pupils and community. Together with this change in curriculum, also comes a change in the way we assess the children.

Old Assessment:

The old assessment system was linear. The children started at one end and progressed to the other:

With this system the children moved onto the next level when they were ready. The children could be on any level in any year group. For example, a child in year 3 could be a 3A for reading, and similarly a child in year 5 could be a 3A for reading.

New Assessment:

However, the new assessment system is not linear. It is blocked into year groups. This is because within the new curriculum there are year group expectations that the majority of pupils are expected to achieve by the end of that academic year.

The children will be given a new ‘level’ and a ‘decimal level’ that will clearly show you the progress they have made in that year. These are further explained bellowed:

‘Levels’:

Each year group now has 3 ‘levels’ that a child can achieve: Emerging (E), Secure (S) and Mastery (M). The majority of pupils should be working within the ‘Secure level’ as this means that they have a secure knowledge and understanding of the curriculum of the year group they are in.

Reception levels: Emerging, Expected, Exceeding

  • Year 1 levels: 1E, 1S, 1M
  • Year 2 levels: 2E, 2S, 2M
  • Year 3 levels: 3E, 3S, 3M
  • Year 4 levels: 4E, 4S, 4M
  •  Year 5 levels: 5E, 5S, 5M
  •  Year 6 levels: 6E, 6S, 6M 

Here (from years 1-6), the number refers to the year group the child is in and the letter refers to their knowledge of the curriculum.

‘Decimal Levels’:

Each level within each year group is further broken down to enable the school to more easily show the progress each child has made, to celebrate successes and to help set individual targets. The decimal levels work on a 9 point scale (0.1 – 0.9), with .1 being the lowest a child can attain in each year group and a .9 being the highest a child can attain. Below are the decimal levels for each year group:

  • Reception decimal levels: R.1, R.2, R.3, R.4, R.5, R.6, R.7, R.8, R.9
  • Year 1 decimal levels: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9
  • Year 2 decimal levels: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9
  • Year 3 decimal levels: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9
  • Year 4 decimal levels: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8, 4.9
  • Year 5 decimal levels: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 5.8, 5.9
  • Year 6 decimal levels: 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 6.8, 6.9

Here, the first number (or letter, as in the case of reception) relates to the year group the child is in and the second number shows how far their knowledge and understanding has progressed in that year groups’ curriculum.

All children start each year at .1 and move towards .9 throughout the year. Children cannot move on to the following year group’s curriculum, they must master the knowledge and skills within the year group they are in.

Relationship between levels and decimal levels

The decimal levels and levels also relate to each other:

.1, .2, .3, .4 = Emerging

.5 and .6 = Secure

.7, .8, .9 = Mastery

For example, if a child in year 4 had a decimal level of 4.6 they would have a level of 4S. This would show that their knowledge and understanding of the year 4 curriculum was secure.

Formal Assessments:

Formal assessments are also changing. As of this year children will be formally tested at the START of Reception, the END of KS1 (year 2) and the END of KS2 (year 6). There will also still be the phonics screening check in year 1, where children’s phonetical knowledge is tested with the use of nonsense words.

Reception Baseline Test:

The children will be observed and ‘tested’ in the following areas:

  • Engagement
  • Motivation
  • Creativity and critical thinking
  • Physical development
  • Communication and language
  • Literacy
  • Maths

End of KS1 Test (Year 2):

The following tests will be administered:

  • Grammar test
  • Reading test
  • Writing test
  • Maths test

The tests will be out of 120, with the children being expected to score at least 100.

End of KS6 Test (Year 6):

The following tests will be administered:

  • Grammar test
  • Reading test
  • Writing test
  • Maths test
  • Science test (sample schools picked to take part)

The tests will be out of 120, with the children being expected to score at least 100.

Positive implications of the new assessment system:

  • Assessments link more closely to the curriculum the pupils are learning.
  • The children will be assessed on their progress and knowledge of the curriculum of the year group they are in. This means that the children will be continually assessed within lessons, by teachers, and the curriculum adapted to ensure they progress at the correct speed for them.
  • Children have time to deepen their knowledge and understanding of subjects taught in their year group and become adept at applying these skills to different situations.
  • Targets are more personalised to ensure all children progress at the correct speed.
  • It is easier to understand than the old assessment system.

Thank you for your continued support,

Julie Horsington (assessment leader)