At Bexton we believe in involving teachers, support staff, pupils and parents in our assessment process. We strive to achieve a continuous loop of information between all involved.
How do we assess at Bexton?
There are two types of assessment used at Bexton; formative and summative.
Formative assessment is the most frequent type of assessment used; teachers and teaching assistants use opportunities to understand what children know about a subject. Teachers will use class discussions, group work, evidence in children’s books, and observations to assess the progress that children are making over time.
Summative assessment is less frequent - this is the use of tests or more formal assessments to find out what children have learnt. At Bexton we use STAR assessments each term to give a summative judgement used for tracking children's progress. These are computer adaptive tests which take a short time to complete and give teachers information about children's attainment in reading and maths.
Teachers use a range of other assessments, both formative and summative to make a judgement about a child’s attainment at the end of a term. This information is then stored in our tracking software and used to monitor attainment and progress across the school.
Teachers use key objectives in reading, writing, mathematics, science and the wider curriculum to make judgements about your child's strengths and areas for development across the curriculum. We aim for all children to achieve year group expectations by the end of the year.
If your child is struggling to achieve some of the objectives or their teacher is concerned about any aspect of their progress they will talk to you to discuss next steps. They may also seek advice from the subject leader, assessment coordinator or our Special Educational Needs coordinator.
At the end of the year your child's teacher will make an overall judgement in each area of the curriculum.
Working towards the expected standard- Some content from the year has not been achieved yet. The child will need some more support to achieve these objectives the following year.
Working at the expected standard- All the year group content has been achieved and the child is ready to commence next year's objectives.
Working above the expected standard- All the year group content has been achieved and the child independently, with no prompts demonstrates skills/ knowledge in a wide range of contexts.
Please see link below for more information about KS1 and KS2 SATs.