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Foundation Subjects

At Hassocks Infant School we value the whole curriculum and appreciate the importance of monitoring children's progress in all subjects. We use our carefully planned progression of skills documents to support children's progress in the foundation subjects. The children's Learning Jounrey, sketch books and the use of Tapestry in reception help to demonstrate the development of skills in these subjects. 

Assessment in Reception

Early on in the Autumn term, a baseline assessment is carried out in Reception. This enables us to assess children's development on entry to Hassocks Infant School and identify each child's next steps. 

Thoughout the year, ongoing assessments are made against the statements in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profie (EYFSP). We closely monitor children's progress against this profile to esnure good levels of progress. 

During the Summer term, each child's development is assessed against the Ealry Learning Goals (ELGs) in the following areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development 
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathmatics
  • Understanding the World 
  • Expressive Art and Design 

Children will assessed to be either emerging (1), expected (2) or exceeding (3) in these areas. 

Assessment in Key Stage One (KS1) 

In KS1 banded statements (see links below) are used to monitor and assess children's progress in Reading, Writing and Maths.

The statements have been colour coded in the following way: 

  • Green statements are "working towards" statements within the band. 
  • Orange statements are the "age expected" statements within the band.
  • Red statements are the "greater depth" statements within the band. 

(Band 1 statements relate to Year 1 expectation and Band 2 statements relate to Year 2 expectations) 

For those children working below age related expectations for their year group, we use the Pre-Key Stage Statements to monitor and assess their progress. 

Individual Learning Plans (ILPs)

Our Assessment Leader and Special Educational Needs Leader work closely with class teachers to identify children who may need additional support. For children identified as needing to be placed on the Special Educational Needs register, ILPs are used to set SMART targets, progress towards these targets is reviewed and up-dated each half term. 

Statutory Assessments

Year 1 Phonics Check 

During the Summer term in Year 1 children undertake the phonics check. This is an assessment to monitor a child's ability to blend phonemes together to read a selection of real and non-real words. 

Children who do not pass the test in Year 1 are provided with additional support and are given the opportunity to retake the test in Year 2. 

Year 2 SATs 

During the Summer term in Year 2, children take SATs tests in Reading, Maths and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. These tests enable us to review how well each child understands the KS1 curriculum in these areas and support end of KS1 teacher assessments. 

Workshops to support parents and carers understanding of the curriculum, assessment and statutory assessments are offered throughout the year, please look out for notification of these in ParentMail.