At St Matthias, we know the importance of having a rigorous assessment process. Due to this, teachers and support staff are continuously monitoring and evaluating children’s progress through marking, observations and feedback. Children are encouraged to play an active part in assessing their own progress and setting targets.
In addition to formative assessments, which we make every day through our questioning, observations and marking, we also use more formal assessments and we monitor the progress of these throughout the year. Some of the formal assessments we do include, but are not limited to:
- Baseline assessments in EYFS
- Maths arithmetic and reasoning
- Reading comprehension and fluency
- GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling)
- Phonics screenings
- Multiplication tests
- Spelling tests
- Retrieval practice across all areas of the curriculum
- KS1 and KS2 SATs
We review all of our observations regularly and assess the children formally against the Foundations in EYFS and the Fundamentals in Years 1 to 6, for maths, reading and writing. For other areas of the curriculum, we assess the children through retrieval practice that has been embedded into our learning cycle.
Whether we are assessing and monitoring the progress of our children through marking or through times tables tests, all of these opportunities help us to support the children to progress in their learning.