Assessment at West Hill Primary School:

 What does assessment mean?

Assessment is the collection of information about children’s learning, which is reviewed by teachers in order to move children forward in their learning and identify strengths and areas for development.

Teachers collect information to ‘create a picture’ of a child’s learning. This helps the teacher to plan next steps in learning and to track your child’s progress and attainment in their learning.

What is progress?

Progress is how well a child has done in relation to how they did previously.

For example – Last week I got 15/20 on my test. Now I have achieved 20/20 in my test.

What is attainment?

Attainment is how well a child is doing in relation to their peers in the class and in other schools across the country.

The two types of assessment at West Hill Primary:

Formative Summative
Observations of children.Marking children’s books.Verbal feedback in lessons.Questioning in lessonsConversations with children about their learning Tests done at the end of a unit of work.Spelling testsTimes table testsReading comprehension testsEnd of key stage statutory Assessments


Statutory Assessments (End of Key Stage)

In addition to the above assessments, pupils also complete the following statutory assessments: 


  • Reception – Baseline, (statutory Sep. 16), EYFS profile
  • Year 1 (and 2) – Phonics Check
  • Years 2 and 6 – end of Key Stage assessments

Please click on the link below for more information from the Department for Education:

 No Levels

Alongside the introduction of the new National Curriculum, levels were removed for all Year Groups instead at the end of KS1 and KS2 pupils will be given a scaled score and a ‘performance descriptor’ against the expected standard.

Early Years – Nursery & Reception

Class teachers will use a combination of the EYFS profile and the a baseline assessment to measure children’s  progress. 



  • The baseline assessment will result in a score that forms part of each child’s baseline profile. By having a good understanding of the child’s abilities when they start school, class teachers are able to measure each child’s progress and plan for next steps in learning.
  • The baseline assessment is face-to-face with a mixture of tasks and observational checklists.


  • EYFS Profile:
  • The EYFS profile assessment is carried out in the final term of Reception
  • The main purpose of the EYFS profile is to provide a reliable, valid and accurate assessment of individual children at the end of the EYFS. EYFS profile data is used to:
  • Inform parents about their child’s development against the early learning goals (ELGs) and the characteristics of their learning.
  • Help year 1 teachers plan an effective, responsive and appropriate curriculum that will meet the needs of each child.
  • Children in Nursery and Reception are assessed against the Prime and Specific areas of Learning in the EYFS profile, these are recorded on our on-line system, Early Essence. Assessments are  based on observation of daily activities and events. At the end of Reception for each Early Learning Goal, teachers will judge whether a child is meeting the level of development expected at the end of the Reception year:
  • Emerging, not yet reached the expected level of development
  • Expected
  • Exceeding, beyond the expected level of development for their age 


  • Phonics Screening Check Year 1
  • The Phonics Screening Check demonstrates how well pupils can use the phonics skills they have learned up to the end of Year 1, and to identify those who need extra phonics help.
  • The checks consist of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-on-one with a teacher. Non-words (or nonsense words, or pseudo words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child has been taught, but don’t mean anything.
  • The 40 words and non-words are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters.
  • Pupils will be scored against a national standard, and the main result will be whether or not they fall below, within or above this standard
  • Pupils who do not meet the required standard in Year 1 will be re-checked in Year 2


  • End of Key Stage 1 Assessments:
  • Children are assessed in mathematics, reading, spelling and grammar.
  • These assessments are completed during the month of May.
  • Teachers administer the tests in small groups.
  • The children complete a reading comprehension test.
  • The children complete a mental maths test and a reasoning test which assesses how well they can apply their mathematical knowledge.
  • The results from these tests further support the class teacher’s assessment of the child which is reported to parents in your child’s end of year report.

End of Key Stage 2 Assessments:

A link will be available shortly for all the information about the 2018 SATs in Year 6: