Assessment at Walsall Wood
At Walsall Wood we use a term by term system of tracking attainment and progress in Reading called PiRA (Progress in Reading Attainment), and in Maths called PuMA (Progress in Understanding Mathematics Attainment). These assessment tests identify which age related objectives the children have achieved and provide a standardised score to track progress across the year. We assess Writing against end of year expectations at several points throughout the year.
Assessment information allows teachers ascertain how many children are working on track, as well as those working above the expected level. Where children are working below the expected level, interventions are used to ensure accelerated progress.
At the end of the Reception year, every child is assessed against the Development Matters document to establish whether they have made a ‘good level of development (GLD).
In Year 1, all children are expected to sit a ‘Reading by Six’ test. This national reading test gathers information about children’s phonic ability.
In years 2 & 6, children will have completed SATs (Statutory Assessment Tests) for Reading, Maths and GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) during the summer term. There writing will be assessed by their class teacher, whose judgements are monitored by the Local Authority.
At the end of each year, all children complete a practice SAT based on the end of year expectations. As well as being excellent preparation for statutory tests, these identify areas for further teaching in order to address any gaps in learning.