At Discovery Academy we assess pupils using the Development Matters document, Early Learning Goals and the National Curriculum.

Early Years Foundation Stage

In Nursery the children are taught and assessed using the Development Matters document.

The Development Matters objectives are banded by age from birth to 60 months for each of the 7 areas of learning. Each individual child’s expected level of progress is dependent on their chronological age. Within each age band we then break this down further into emerging, developing and secure.

In Reception the children are still taught using the Development Matters documents which lead into the Early Learning Goals (ELG).

By the end of the Reception year, the children will be levelled as emerging, expected and exceeding against the ELGs. It is expected that children leave Reception with the Expected level in all 12 ELGs.

This is known as a Good Level of Development (GLD)

Within the Foundation Stage, assessments will be observations of the children as they act and interact in their play, activities and planned learning tasks.

This is called the child’s Early Years Profile.

These observations will be recorded using I Pads so that evidence is recorded against objectives. Parents are also able to contribute to the child’s Early Years Profile with observations, photographs and videos.

At Discovery Academy we use the Classroom Monitor to support this tracking of outcomes. Electronic learning journeys are sent home each term.

Key Stage 1 and 2

In Key stage 1 and 2 the children are taught and assessed using the National Curriculum.

The National Curriculum for Maths, English and Science (Core Subjects) is broken down into year groups and objectives are tracked.

Assessments are made against these objectives and children are levelled as beginning, emerging, secure and exceeding against the year group expectations.

At times, a child may be tracked at the expectations for the year group above or below their age expectations.

Within each year group, the following will be known as being at age related expectations:

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
End of Autumn term 1 beg 2 beg 3 beg 4 beg 5 beg 6 beg
End of Spring term 1 dev 2 dev 3 dev 4 dev 5 dev 6 dev
End of Summer term 1 sec 2 sec 3 sec 4 sec 5 sec 6 sec

In computing, design technology, art and design, music, PE, history and geography (foundation subjects), the expectations are tracked in paired year groups therefore Year 1 and 2 will be Y1/2, Year 3 and 4 are Y3/4 and Year 5 and 6 will be Y5/6.

Within each phase, the following will be known as being at age related expectations

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
End of Autumn term 1-2 Beg 1-2 Dev+ 3-4 Beg 3-4 Dev+ 5-6 Beg 5-6 Dev+
End of Spring term 1-2 Beg+ 1-2 Sec 3-4 Beg+ 3-4 Sec 5-6 Beg+ 5-6 Sec
End of Summer term 1-2 Dev 1-2 Exc 3-4 Dev 3-4 Exc 5-6 Dev 5-6 Exc

These judgements will be tracked on the ICT programme Classroom Monitor and the Classroom Monitor APP so that progress can be measured half termly in all subject areas.