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Gorefield Primary School

Assessment and Progress

From the end of the EYFS, we use ‘depths of learning’ in order to assess your child’s learning. We will assess their progress in each subject by reviewing the depth of their understanding.  This learning is grouped into four milestones.

  • In Penguins class, children in Reception are assessed against the Early Years seven aspects of learning. 
  •  Through Robins class (and Penguins for y1 children), children will be assessed on the concepts contained in Milestone 1.
  • In Owls class, all children will be assessed on the concepts contained in Milestone 2.
  • In Eagles class children will be assessed on Milestone 3.

During each term, we will continuously assess the depth of your child’s understanding within that milestone – whether it is basic, advancing or deep. Each milestone has 6 assessment points:

Basic 1, Basic 2, Advancing 1, Advancing 2, Deep 1, Deep 2, and each lasts for 6 terms.

In Penguins, reception children are continuously assessed according to the seven aspects of learning. We track these records half termly in reception and termly through the rest of the school.

These points are not a mere label about a child: basic is not less able than deep. Rather, they allow us to determine each child’s level of understanding of a concept in the curriculum.  

All children begin each milestone at the ‘basic’ level. Here they are acquiring new skills and are dependent upon the support of adults in order to learn new concepts. A child at the ‘basic’ level will be able to: name, describe, follow instructions, use, match, recognise, label and recall concepts and skills essential in a specific milestone.  

After children are able to demonstrate this ability on multiple occasions, they move to the ‘advancing’ stage. They are more independent learners, capable of making some degree of decision whilst applying some of their skills with guidance. Typically they are able to: explain, classify, infer meaning, make predictions, interpret summarise and apply their skills to solve problems.  

Finally some children may reach the ‘deep’ level of thinking. This involves a high level of cognitive challenge, where children are expected to apply their skills in a range of complex contexts without the guidance of adults. At this stage, children are able to: solve non-routine problems, appraise, explain concepts, hypothesise, investigate, design and prove.

 

How will I know if my child is making progress?

Children leave reception as either ‘emerging’, ‘expected’, or ‘exceeding’ the aspects of learning. Making good progress from each starting point would result in different finsihinh points at say the end of milestone 1. Your teacher will talk through the individual path your children are on at each parent consultation.

They may appear as end of class targets:

Reception

Robins

Owls

Eagles

Emerging

Milestone 1

Basic 2

Milestone 2

Advancing 1

Milestone 3

Advancing 1

Expected

Milestone 1

Advancing 2

Milestone 2

Advancing 2

Milestone 3

Advancing 2

Exceeding

Milestone 1

Deep 1

Milestone 2

Deep 1

Milestone 3

Deep1 or 2

 

At the end of Y6, the children complete their SATs in order to assess how ‘secondary ready’ they are. Their SATs are externally set and externally marked.