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Assessment at Northdown


We use a variety of assessment tools here at Northdown to ensure that our assessment of children's learning is robust and accurate. This takes the form of teacher assessment, assessment using the framework/national curriculum testing and low stakes testing.



Assessment in EYFS is conducted through observations of the child and their learning.


Year One to Year Six

We use PIRA (reading assessment) and PUMA (maths assessment) in each year group from Y1 to Y6. These tests happen in December, April and July. The results from these tests allows teachers to adapt planning to the needs of the children.

Teachers also use teacher assessment against the national curriculum criteria to assess children. We use Target Tracker which splits each year group into bands with targets taken from the national curriculum. Teachers use these statements to evidence learning  from books, written task, group work, observations, testing and other methods to assess where in a band a child is working at.


There are three stages to each band of the curriculum:

  • Working Towards – where pupils have started to make progress against the expectations for a particular year group.
  • Working At – where pupils demonstrate a number of key competencies for a particular year group.
  • Working Above – where pupils have met the majority of statements and are in the process of further embedding skills and knowledge.


These are shown below with the expectations for the end of the year.

Working Towards

Working At

Working Above

Lower than Expected

Age Expected Attainment

Above Expected


In some cases, a child maybe working below the standard of the key stage they are working in. This is reported as working at pre key stage.

Working at Pre Key stage

Working below the standard of that key stage.


Year Two and Year Six

In addition to PIRA/PUMA tests, Year 2 and 6 also use practice SATs papers and the end of Key stage teacher's assessment framework to ensure that the children are on track to meet the end of key stage expectations.