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Assessment at Grenoside


 At Grenoside the progress that pupils are making is checked regularly to ensure that their learning is tailored to meet their needs and to provide appropriate challenge.

During the time children spend at primary school there are also specific points when they are required to take national tests. This happens in EYFS with a baseline assessment in the Autumn term, in Y1 when they take a Phonics test in June, and in Y2 and Y6 when they do the Standard Attainment Tests (SATs) in May. The attainment of children at these points is recorded nationally.

From September 2014 a new national curriculum was introduced with higher expectations of children at each stage and new curriculum content. In addition to that the existing system of attainment levels, 2a, 2b, 2c etc. was removed and not replaced. This change was phased in so that pupils in Y2 and Y6 were still assessed against the old curriculum which is why you will still see level results for 2015.

 From September 2015 no pupils have been assessed using the old curriculum levels.

How we assess and plan for learning.

At team meetings teachers plan the curriculum coverage and how to match the learning to individual children’s needs. Day- to- day adjustments are made to ensure these needs are met and gaps in learning addressed promptly. Marking informs teacher’s assessments. Teachers will also regularly moderate children’s work in teams within school and with other schools to check these assessments are consistent.  At the end of each term we record and track the progress each child has made using an online system.

All statutory tests in 2016 became under new guidelines including a new test in spelling, punctuation and grammar for Y2. Staff undertook training and attended courses in preparation for the new tests.

What happens in Foundation Stage?

The FSP ( Foundation Stage Profile) is completed at the end of the FS2 year. It is based on the observations of staff and does not include testing. Baseline assessment takes place in the autumn term when the children enter our school and from which their progress can be measured. We have always carried out this kind of assessment.  The government expectation is  that all schools carry out the on-entry assessment. This does not include any predetermined tasks or tests and does not disrupt settling into school routines. Teachers build their knowledge and judgements through observations, interactions and everyday activities.

At the end of the year the percentage of pupils achieving good levels of development ( GLD) in the early learning goals is measured.


Grenoside  GLD 2016

Grenoside  GLD  2015

Grenoside  GLD 2014

GLD National 2014





Phonics Screening Test in Year 1.

The phonics screening check is designed to confirm whether children have learnt phonic decoding through their daily ‘Letters and Sounds’ learning to an appropriate standard. This check is carried out in June with Y1 pupils and any Y2 pupils who did not meet the standard when in Y1. It involves children reading forty words made up of real and pseudo-words aloud to their teacher on a one-to one basis.

In 2016 96% of our pupils passed this test. The national figure was 74%.


Key Stage One National Curriculum Tests ( SATs )

The KS1 SATs are completed at the end of Y2, when children are generally aged 7, and provide information about their attainment at the end of two years in Key Stage One.

Children do complete some ‘tests’ but these are used to support the assessment of the teacher which is then the recorded level. New to summer 2016 will be the national SPaG ( spelling, punctuation and grammar test).


Grenoside KS1 2016


% at expected or above








Key Stage Two National Curriculum Tests ( SATs)

The Key Stage 2 SATs are completed at the end of Y6, when the children are generally aged 11, and provide information about their attainment at the end of 4 years of KS2.

Children complete tests in May in reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar ( GPS) and mathematics. Please do not book a holiday during this important time. The tests are marked externally and the standard achieved is recorded. The standard in writing is based on teacher assessment as in KS1.

The data from these tests is used to measure the school against national standards.

While it is useful to understand how an outcome compares to children of the same age across the country, we should always remember that the most important thing is that the children are making appropriate progress from their own individual starting point. We measure the progress from the end of Y2 to the end of Y6 by how many levels progress a child has made.


 End of KS2 results


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Reporting to parents and carers

We regularly report to parents and carers about the progress that children are making. In the autumn and summer terms parents’ evenings will be held where families will be able to discuss the progress that their child is making and to see the learning.  In the spring term parents will receive an annual report giving details of their child’s progress in all subjects.