Assessing primary pupils in the core subjects

Nicola Davison
28th September 2017
Primary school teacher marking work and recording the progress of her KS1 and KS2 pupils

Track student progress in English, maths and science with these top tools, tests and templates

We all know the benefits of quality assessment. Not only can it help to inform planning, but it also allows learners to take responsibility for their own learning. However, both tracking and monitoring takes time and it’s easy to fall behind.

Here, we’ve picked out some of the most comprehensive assessment tools to help you to keep on top of pupil progress in the core subjects. Why not get started by checking out this popular tracking without levels pack* for English, maths and science?

Tools for maths

There are plenty of ways to monitor the achievements of your class. Record progress according to your school’s preferred system or assess student’s baseline knowledge of different topic areas with these grids and stimulating challenges.

Numeracy Assessment Grids

Assessment Grids for Key Objectives and Sub Objectives for Y1 to Y5 (Y6 to follow) allowing assessment in Autumn, Spring and Summer. Topics also included: paper work; assessment.

By georgesamios

Pitch and expectations tests

A number of tests across all the years for a baseline assessment or additionally used with target work.
By dangower45

Torture Tables - Times Tables Challenge and Certificates

An excellent way to monitor and assess pupils' progress in times tables!

Consisting of 100 times tables questions, pupils have up to 10 minutes to complete the Torture Tables Challenge. Pupils may indicate that they have finished before this time, but their time is recorded and they cannot return to the challenge! Once the time is up, the teacher marks the Torture Tables Challenges, recording each pupil's score. Teachers may choose to post the average score on a display and share each pupils' score individually.

Since producing this resource in September 2015, my Year 5 class have improved their scores significantly across the year, with pupils relishing the challenge of beating their own score, as well as trying to beat Year 6! Pupils love the challenge and are thrilled when they see their progress across the year. I have seen a notable improvement in pupils' skills in mental maths, as well as a clear development in their resilience and concentration in Numeracy.

This resource will be invaluable in preparation for the Year 6 SATs Times Tables Tests.

In this pack, I have included the editable Torture Table template, as well as two certificate templates. One certificate is awarded to pupils that reach 100% and the other is for pupils with the most improved score.

Any feedback is welcome and I hope you and your class enjoy this activity.
By jbrownteacher

New Curriculum Maths Assessments

These are some assessments I devised to help me clarify what my pupils know in regards to the new curriculum. Can be used as a baseline test or at anytime when completing assessments. There is number, measurement and statistics in there. I didn't do one for geometry as we had recently done class work on shapes and I assessed through that.
By keriwalton

Tools for English

Reading, writing, spelling and handwriting… primary English covers all bases. Ensure that pupils’ basic skills are on track and evalute the progression of their vocabulary and grammar with the help of these easy-to-use assessment packs.

Primary Spelling Scheme linked to 2014 Curriculum

This scheme runs from EYFS through to Y5 covering all the spelling rules/ patterns covered in the 2014 curriculum. I believe year 6 is a revision of all the previously taught spelling rules and those dedicated to the SpaG test. It also includes HFW and MFW as well as additional resources to aid learning.
I have referenced material from the 2014 curriculum, Bellenden Primary School and The Highland Literacy Project. It is also linked to the RWInc. phonics scheme.
I have tried to make sure every word bank is accurate, however some errors may have crept in.
Please can you rate and comment on my resource. :)
By somerled76

Writing Assessment Success Ladders

Hopefully you will find this is a more coherent and progress-based alternative to the current narrow interim guidance that Y2 and Y6 teachers must use. The assessment statements cover all of the aspects of writing, including the essential element of creativity.

This is a set of writing assessment ladders for Foundation to Year 6 pupils. The content is based on Age Related Expectations in Writing for National Curriculum 2014. There are also statements based on the Foundation Stage requirements and statements taken from previous L6 descriptions to cover pupils who exceed Year 6 A.R.E.

Statements can be used to set targets and monitor progress of pupils in writing. They could be stuck into books and used as success criteria for writing.

The ladders cover Spelling, Handwriting, Composition, Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation for all year groups. These are then broken down into Beginning, Developing and Secure to enable progress tracking.
By stoneywebs

Reading assessment focus keys

Variety of AF focused questions for use in GUIDED READING or INDIVIDUAL READING. EG AF 5 Writer`s use of language Why did the author use-----------(this simile ) Colour coded. May be laminated for Teacher and TA use.
By trekgirl02

Tools for science

Cover every science objective for Years 1 to 6 and encourage pupils to take responsibility for monitoring their own topic understanding with these progress grids, skills booklets and child-friendly test papers.

Science Assessment in the New Curriculum

With the New Curriculum in force and Levels gone I have taken it upon myself to create a new assessment grid for Science. It works the same way as an APP grid. It also includes the Working Scientifically criteria. Like the New Curriculum, each assessment grid has been grouped into age ranges, KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2. Rather than Levels, which I know OFSTED are dead against, I have gone with 'Stages' which admittedly is essentially the same thing as Levels, but by a different name, Having tested these myself I know that these grids are handy assessment tools, with simple highlighting needed, with dates, to show how well each child has done.
By mcleod_sam

Primary Science Assessments and Tracking Without Levels

If your fed up with hunting for decent science assessments for Primary children, or paying well over the odds for them, then look no further. This resource includes twenty-eight different assessments as well as a detailed mark scheme, designed to make marking efficient. Every single Primary science objective (NC 2014) is covered in each of the child friendly tests. Not enough? Well, also included is an excel spreadsheet which has been designed to make tracking progress a breeze. Simply fill in the marks for each child and the spreadsheet will do the rest of the work for you. It will give you a 'grade' for each individual objective, a total grade for each science topic and an overall science grade. This method of assessment quickly allows you not just to see individual pupils' weaknesses, but also weaknesses within the class as a whole and provides the teacher with an excellent evidence base. In this era of tracking without levels, this is an essential resource for all Primary teachers. Please, leave feedback for this amazing resource!

ALSO ADDED: Individual assessments for ALL science objectives for ALL year groups are available for purchase as are individual year group, KS1, KS2 or complete Primary packs. Visit my shop – by clicking on my username – to find these great resources + lots more! And if you like these Science Assessments, you will also like my maths assessments – check them out in my shop!
By mrajlong

Investigation skills

A work sheet guiding pupils though planning, collecting data, analysing and evaluating. This is aimed at the puils completing their own investigation in groups with little guidance from the teacher. Table manager should be appointed by the group to co-ordinate the task. Worked very well with small amount of intitial discussion with the teacher in a in investigation into, for example, the relationship between heart rate and exercise. Please review if you have time! Cheers : )
By Kariuk101

Working Scientifically Tracking Sheets

Sheet to be stuck in the front cover of science books to track pupils progression in working scientifically. Tracking sheets show expected and exceeding expectations targets for KS1, lower KS2 and upper KS2.
By Amanda Poole

Contact us

Visit our forums

Latest education news

New to TES Resources ? Find out more about becoming an author on TES, or dive straight in and start downloading.