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Understanding Reading Assessment

The information on this page is provided to help parents understand how children's numeracy is assessed.

How is Reading assessed?

Progress in reading is assessed according to the extent to which pupils are gaining a deep understanding of the content taught for their year.

Teachers assess against 2 key areas; reading words and reading comprehension.

The national curriculum for reading aims to enable pupils to:

  • become a fluent reader using a variety of strategies to read words e.g. using phonic knowledge to recognise and blend phonemes, speedily recognise high frequency words and apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes.
  • understand and comprehend what has been listened to and read e.g. discussing the significance of the title and events, and predicting what might happen or infer feelings.

Age related expectations

Children will be assessed against the objectives for their year group, set out in the National Curriculum. 

  • We will use the terms, 'emerging,' 'developing' and 'secure' to track their progress against these targets.
  • At the end of the year, most children will be expected to be 'secure.' This means they will have reached age related expectations.
  • Some children may not reach this stage and this will be reported accordingly. Some children may have 'mastered' these expectations.

Please click on the links below to view the key objectives for your child's year group. These targets are written in 'child speak' to enable the children to understand the skills they need to develop.

Key objectives - Year 1

Key objectives - Year 2 

Key objectives - Year 3 and 4

Key objectives - Year 5 and 5

When is reading assessed?

Teachers assess children's reading on a regular basis, using oral and some written work to gather information.
Each half term, teachers gather each child's notes from reading sessions and where appropriate written work and perform a more formal assessment. This is used to support and challenge reading sessions during the following term.
A baseline assessment is completed during the first term in reception. The EYFS baseline helps inform planning and teaching and is a method of measuring progress made from EYFS through to Key Stage 2.
Towards the end of the summer term, children may also complete "optional" tests - this provides additional information to support teacher assessment and also gives the  children experience of "proper tests".
Year 2 children and Year 6 children complete more formal National Curriculum tests at the end of the year.

How does reading at home help my child?

We encourage all children to read regularly at home. Regular time spent reading to an adult plays an invaluable role in helping children to become fluent, confident readers. Being able to read well and understand the text is the most important core skill a child can acquire, since it underpins all learning at school.

From the earliest age, children gain great enjoyment out of sitting with mum or dad, granny or granddad, looking at the pictures as a well-known story is shared… often over and over again! Older children, who are more fluent in reading, can develop their appreciation of authors and texts by talking about the book character, plot or underlying message.

Please do talk to your class teacher, if you would like any further information on the phonic or reading strategies used in school, or if you would like further information on how you can help your child develop these crucial skills.