Assessment informs teaching so that there is provision for support, repetition and extension of learning for each child, at each level of attainment, leading to a mastery of key skills and concepts.

Most of our assessment is “formative”, which means children are given continual feedback through such vehicles as dialogue, marking and peer discussion, so that they are very clear about how they are progressing and how they can improve.

There are also some statutory National assessments:


Each child’s progress is very closely tracked and monitored throughout their time at St Matthew’s. Within the first 6 weeks each child is assessed independently on the Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) which is a statutory assessment for all maintained primary and infant schools. It is a short, activity-based assessment of pupils’ early mathematics, literacy, communication and language skills

Y1 Phonic check

Towards the end of Y1 children are expected to know the sounds that make up the English Language (phonics) and will be given a National test, reading words containing these sounds, to ensure that this is the case.


Children in Year 2 and Year 6 are currently assessed in Summer term 1 using statutory National Tests. The results of these assessments are reported annually to the parents by the governing body. Non statutory test materials may be used in classes 1, 3, 4 and 5 to assist teacher assessment of pupil progress.

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check

Children in Year 4 complete a short multiplication times table test on either a computer or tablet to test their speed and recall.