Assessing primary pupils in the core subjects

Nicola Davison
28th October 2016
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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

  1. Termly assessment grids
    Each term, record progress (according to your school’s preferred system) in these detailed grids, which outline objectives for Years 1 to 5.
  2. Pitch and expectations tests
    Ideal for assessing pupils’ understanding of different topic areas, these documents contain example questions linked to specific objectives at foundation stage through to Year 6.
  3. Times tables challenge*
    Monitor students’ ability to recall and emply their times tables learning with this 100-question test, including well-designed certificates.

Tools for English

  1. Whole school spelling scheme
    Covering all of the spelling rules and patterns in the 2014 curriculum, this complete scheme is also supported by a list of activity ideas for use both at home and in school.
  2. Writing assessment ladders*
    These colourful ladders can be used to set targets as well as monitor progress in the areas of spelling, handwriting, composition, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.
  3. Guided reading assessment cards
    Evaluate students' development against the assessment foci for reading with these handy cards, colour-coded by focus and including example questions.

Tools for science

  1. Assessment grid for the new curriculum*
    Making use of stages rather than levels, these assessment grids can be highlighted to track achievement across all three terms and are grouped into age ranges.
  2. Child-friendly test papers*
    Covering every science objective for Years 1 to 6 of the new curriculum, these well-designed tests come complete with answers and a tracking spreadsheet.
  3. Investigation skills booklet
    Encourage students to record their planning for and results of in-class experiments throughout the year using this template.


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