Assessment Explained

Following the government’s abolition of the levels assessment system for KS1 and KS2 (whereby levels such as 2A and 3C were used) schools were tasked with creating their own assessment systems.
At Hillstone, we have worked hard to create our new system and are very proud of it.


Learning Journey

Using the national curriculum as a guide, we have broken up a child’s learning journey in all subjects into smaller steps, and allocated these to appropriate year groups. During that year of their schooling, for most children, those learning steps will be the main focus of their learning. Having said that, gaps from previous year groups will, of course, be filled, and previously learnt skills and knowledge will be consolidated; where needed, a child’s learning may be focused on learning steps from a previous year group.


Teachers assessing

Teachers are continually assessing children’s learning, intervening as needed to help them grasp, consolidate or apply a given skill. Much of this happens in lessons themselves, but it also occurs when work is being marked. Teachers use all of this information to help plan effective future lessons and catch-up sessions, as well as when setting follow-up tasks when they mark. Tests are also used as a way to check children’s learning (and especially their application of skills and knowledge).


Learning Ladders

Learning Ladders is the place where judgements about how children are faring against individual learning steps in reading, writing, maths and spelling, punctuation and grammar are recorded. In turn, numerical data is generated, which we use across the school to ensure all children are making good progress and are achieving well. All parents are able to access Ladders at Home, enabling them to see assessment judgements that have been made, and, more importantly, ways to support their child’s learning at home.

Ladders at Home

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