Primary Key Stage Assessments

The Primary Curriculum focuses on what children should know and be able to do at each key stage. The government removed ‘level descriptors’ from the National Curriculum; and we now use our own assessment systems to track attainment & progress.

At Read Academy, we have in place rigorous but sensitive systems for formative (in-process) and summative (termly) assessment which track pupils’ performance and informs next steps in learning. We ensure that each child receives a range of opportunities to reach and exceed expected standards.

Our termly assessment schedule ensures we have high expectations of all pupils and that we:

  1. Establish attainment & track progress for each pupil
  2. Identify gaps in knowledge & skills to inform future planning & teaching
  3. Revise personal pupil targets to address individuals’ priorities
  4. Use pupil progress meetings to acknowledge successes & establish the necessary additional support/interventions/boosting required for under-achievers to reach expected standards by the end of the academic year
  5. Report accurately to parents their child’s achievements and next steps


Teachers use formative assessment in their classrooms every day. Formative assessment includes sharing targets and criteria with pupils, and giving them feedback while they are working towards those targets. The purpose is to help pupils understand how to improve.

National Assessments:

  • SATs tests will reflect assessment of the national curriculum at the end of the Key Stage 1 & 2 (Year 2 & Year 6). Writing will be judged through reported teacher assessment against national frameworks and the reading, grammar spelling and punctuation and maths tests will be externally marked with a score on a standardised scale. There is a score which will be the expected outcome at the end of Year 6, indicating that pupils are ready for secondary school.
  • Phonics Screening Checks take place in Year 1 & 2.
  • Early Years & Foundation Stage assessments are on-going; at the end of reception, teacher assessments are analysed to produce the ‘Good Level of Development’standard at the end of EYFS.
  • Year 4 pupils will take part in the national ‘Multiplication Tables Check’.

At Read Academy, we also offer an 11+ Programme which develops core Maths and English skills so that pupils not only pass the 11 Plus test but also thrive when they get to their chosen school.