Curriculum and Assessment Information

From September 2015 all of the children in KS1 will be taught from the New Curriculum and the existing system of levels has been removed. The Government has left it up to schools to design their own assessment framework. After looking at many assessment systems, this school and Abbots Farm Junior School have decided to use the ‘STAT Sheffield’ approach.


This year the children will be assessed using steps which describe their attainment against National Curriculum statements for each year group. Children progress through the steps as they master more of the National Curriculum statements. During the KS1 stages of attainment children emerge, develop and then become secure with the statements for each year group in turn. As before, this may not necessarily be when they are in that year group. Some children will confidently demonstrate all the statements and be able to apply these to new and unfamiliar situations. We measure these as being at greater depth. The table below shows the steps and stage for each year group.




Appropriate Curriculum


Pre-year 1 attainment



Curriculum Year 1







Greater Depth



Curriculum Year 2







Greater Depth


 How will teachers make judgements about attainment?



Teachers will use planning and assessment grids. The child’s attainment step will be determined by the proportion of the appropriate curriculum they have achieved. All of the statements in the grids, which can be found on the STAT Sheffield website (, are taken directly from the new National Curriculum. The grids also include some Key Performance Indicators which children must master at greater depth before they can move on. These underlined statements prevent gaps in learning from developing.


How will this approach improve teaching and raise achievement? 


The new National Curriculum sets out what pupils are expected to know, understand and do at different stages of attainment. The criteria set out in the English and mathematics curriculum are the content of the planning and assessment grids being used by teachers.  The materials were designed as a planning and assessment tool, which would help teachers to use assessment information to support planning and improve pupils’ progress. The materials will support teachers to identify pupils’ strengths and misconceptions, which provides an opportunity for teachers to plan learning which is pitched accurately to children’s appropriate next steps in learning. Because the materials contain the content of the National Curriculum and refer directly to curriculum year group expectations, the materials will enable schools to identify pupils who are falling behind in their learning or who need additional support to reach their full potential, including the most able.


Additional School Assessment Information

  • Teachers at Abbots Farm Infant School are assessing children all of the time, constantly considering how well they have understood their learning and what the next steps are.
  • Teachers use assessment grids to assess reading, writing, SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and maths.
  • Teachers will talk to children about their next steps (in an age appropriate way) so that they know the things they need to get better at doing. This is made clear in our marking policy by the use of a green footprint.
  • Teachers submit a teacher assessment for each child each term and children’s progress is discussed half termly through the year with school leaders.
  • Children’s attainment and progress is shared with parents and carers at parents’ evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms, with a written report in the Summer term. At parents’ evenings there is an opportunity to look at your child’s books and an additional afternoon is offered in the Summer term.

How can parents help?


Each child will receive a booklet which shows the ‘Key Performance Indicators’ for the year group below and the current year group for the Autumn term. These are the key statements alongside others that the children will be assessed against. Parents will be informed about how well their child is doing against these in the Spring term and at the end of the year.


Each half term the children will be sent home with a target strip. Parents are given the opportunity to add a target as well as the child and the teacher. The children will work towards these targets over the half term. Once a child has achieved one of their targets they will get a pink star. New targets will be set half termly.

Homework for years 1 and 2 is in the style of a bingo grid. Teachers have included a wide range of activities for the children to choose from. Some of the activities will take longer than others. The idea is that they complete at least one activity a week. So if you know you have a busy weekend planned there should be some quicker activities to choose from.

Hearing your child read regularly is very important. Research has shown if children are heard for at least 10 minutes every day they will become very successful and fluent readers. Discussion of the text is also essential. The children will receive a reading diary for the half term. Parents are required to sign or initial it once they’ve heard their child read. By signing the diary the children earn points towards their reading certificates.  




Latest News

We still have Preschool spaces available for September. If you are interested please contact our school office.

Here is what is happening at school over the next few weeks:

Tuesday 17th May - Governors Meeting

Thursday 19th May -   Fireflies Class Assembly. Join us in the hall at 9:05am

Friday 27th May -   Jubilee Celebration. Come to school wearing red, white and blue.

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