Assessment

Effective assessment is at the heart of all teaching and learning at Greenway and takes place every day.

In the Foundation Stage two different but complementary methods of assessment are used: assessment for learning (formative) and assessment of learning (summative). On-going assessment for learning (AfL) is at the heart of Early Years practice. It takes place on a daily basis through observations of each child and is used in planning next steps in the child’s learning. Summative assessment takes place towards the end of the Reception year and summarises all the different information from on-going assessments across the 7 areas of learning and development, as well as the 3 Characteristics of Learning. This information is recorded in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP).

The two methods of assessment are also used in Key Stages 1 and 2. Formative assessment takes place in the classroom and after every lesson, often involving the children in their own evaluation of their learning. As in the Foundation Stage, these assessments inform teachers’ planning. Summative assessment involves judging pupils’ performance against established, age-related standards. Teachers may make these judgements at the end of a unit of work, of a term, year, or key stage. Test results, too, may be used to describe pupil performance.

At the end of Year 2 and Year 6, children take statutory national curriculum tests. At the end of Year 1, pupils take the statutory phonics screening check. The results of all statutory assessments are published on our website and are communicated to parents with their child’s annual report.

The school’s most recent Key Stage 2 results for 2017 can be found here.