Assessment in Maths

Our approach to assessment in mathematics is based around our use of the key resources we have selected to deliver the curriculum. These resources are:
  • White Rose Mathematics resources
  • Rising Stars Progression Framework
  • Big Maths
  • My Maths
Rising Stars is a robust skills progression, or set of learning ladders. With National Curriculum levels being abolished, these ladders are a great tool for showing progress from Years 1-6. Prerequisites for learning are built into every piece of teaching. This means that if children struggle with a specific concept, we have the ability to work on the mathematical building blocks that might be impeding their understanding.
All staff are constantly assessing the children as they learn, and are working to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving through the use of a Mastery Curriculum and White Rose resources. Teachers are highly skilled in intervening as early possible to ensure that every child makes the best progress possible through a greater depth of learning rather than moving on. Teachers use formative assessment techniques within lessons to gauge the understanding of the children in guided sessions and also when marking books to ensure that the work is always at the correct stage. The children are heavily involved in assessments and gain instant feedback through self and peer assessment.

Additional assessments and data on the performance of children is collected from My maths, where the children undertake targeted activities and games to test their understanding of concepts they have been studying.

Medium and Long term summative assessments take the form of assessment tool kits which assess the content that has been taught each half term. The results of these assessments are fed into Classroom Monitor, our online assessment suite, to track progress and inform planning. Annual tests take place in May to gain a broader picture and help to prepare the children for the end of key stage tests.

We try to minimise testing as much as possible, and work to a pupil review cycle that aims to identify any barriers to learning that may need additional focus and more specific interventions in order to move a child’s learning forward.

Mathematics is broken down into individual strands that are taught and assessed in blocks to allow a greater depth of understanding, each year groups over view can be accessed below.