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. In their early days in YR we use the Early Excellence Baseline to assess where children are in their learning and to identify next steps.

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. The sounds are those found on the complex speed sounds chart for Read, Write inc – follow the link to Read, Write Inc on the curriculum page.


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. The national expectation is that children should aim to achieve secure band two at the end of Year 2 and secure band 6 at the end of Year 6.

Marking Policy- Guidance for Parents