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Curriculum & Assessment Information

The aims of the school curriculum as stated in the Education Reform Act are: 

“to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and society; and to prepare such pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life”.

 

Yew Tree Primary embraces these aims and delivers a creative curriculum based around the "Cornerstones Curriculum".

 

The needs of the children growing up in a literate and increasingly technological society are of the utmost concern to the staff. 

 

Further details of the curriculum for each year group can be found in the class pages.

Assessment Information

 

At Yew Tree Primary School our teachers assess the children's progress in line with the curriculum expectations for their year group. Our focus is very much on identifying the next steps in children's learning and using this to plan a personalised curriculum which enables all children to achieve all aspects of the curriculum in line with age related expectations (ARE).

 

At various times in the year, all year groups from Year 1 to Year 6 undertake more formal assessments in Reading, Grammar and Spelling and Mathematics. These assessments enable the teacher to identify learning gaps as well as show individual progress within the subjects. An individual standardised score gives an indication of how well each pupil is achieving against their age related expectations

 

We track children's progress against the ARE expectations for their year group using a tracking system called O-Track. We are constantly developing our use of this tool and parents are given access to information at certain points in the year (information is sent home to parents).

 

When we report this information to parents/carers we shall use terms which indicate where children are in relation to their OWN year group expectations (see table below). We ensure we provide every opportunity for children to broaden and deepen learning in the curriculum for their own year group rather than move them on to a different set of expectations.

 

WTS= Working Towards Standard   EXS=Expected Standard GDS = Greater Depth Standard

 

In our Early Years Foundation Stage, teachers gather evidence to support their assessments using Tapestry. Please speak to your child's class teacher for further information and to gain access to your child's learning journey.

Statutory Assessments

 

There are a number of times during their time at Yew Tree that children will undertake statutory assessments. Information about these can be obtained by looking at: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/standards-and-testing-agency

 

We also offer a number of sessions throughout the year to help parents/carers understand what is involved for their children. Information about these sessions is available below.

 

Date Time Theme Audience
27.01.20 2.45pm Phonics Screening  Check - What it is ? Y1 parents
30.01.20 2.45pm Multiplication Times Table Check - What is it? Y4 parents
11.02.20 2.45pm Y2 SATs - How I can support my child ? Y2 parents
13.02.20 2.45pm Y6 SATs - How can I support my child ? Y6 parents

2019 KS2 tests

A summary of the Key Stage 2 tests that Year 6 pupils took England in May 2019 (2020 updates to follow when available).

2019 Key Stage 1 tests

This 6-minute video provides information for parents about the Key Stage 1 tests, including the optional Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling Test.

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