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Reception Assessment

At Whitefield, we are use an observational approach to gather information about our children and this feeds into their ‘Learning Journey’, which is a ‘scrap book’ style book containing photographs, observations and examples of children independent learning.  Each child will also be assessed and tracked throughout the year against ‘Development Stages’ and work toward the Early Learning Goals by the end of Reception.

Below is the link to a great document, that helps parents understand EYFS and gives practical ways to help at home;

Below is the link to a parents guide to EYFS assessment, complied by Lancashire, explaining how children are assessed in EYFS;


     Key Stage One Assessment

As part of the government's reforms to the National Curriculum, the  system of ‘levels’ (level 2a, level 1b etc)used to report children’s attainment and progress previously has been removed and will not be replaced. The removal of levels has allowed us greater flexibility in the way that we plan and assess pupils’ learning.


The programmes of study within the new National Curriculum (NC) set out expectations at the end of each Key Stage, and we have developed a curriculum relevant to our pupils that teaches this content. The curriculum includes an assessment system which enables us to check what our pupils have learned and whether they are on track to meet expectations at the end of the Key Stage. We will report this to parents throughout the year.


Key changes to national curriculum tests and assessments:

The first new Key Stage 1 tests in English, mathematics and science, based on the new National Curriculum, will be sat by pupils for the first time in the summer of 2016.


 Formal Assessment


  • EYFS – Autumn, Spring and Summer Term Tracking, Summer Profile Score
  • Year 1 – Summer Term Phonics Screening
  • Year 2 – Summer Term English, Maths and Science Testing

We use 'Learning Walls' and 'Working Washing Lines' as a tool to help the children improve their learning and share our super ideas!

What do we mean by 'Expected' progress?

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