Monitoring & Assessment

What we do:

  • We use the National Curriculum objectives to monitor and assess progress in writing.
  • Teachers meet every term to moderate each other’s assessments. During moderation, teachers exchange samples of the children’s independent writing and moderate each other’s judgements. This ensures consistency in judgements across the school.
  • Moderation of writing is also completed between local schools.
  • Years 2 and 6 submit their writing levels as part of national assessment (SATs).
  • Years 2 &6 complete a SATs SPAG test
  • Children in Reception and Years 1 & 2 have daily phonics sessions to support spelling progress.


  • Every half term, children complete independent writing tasks to provide evidence for assessment.
  • Writing is assessed across a range of writing.
  • Every half term 2 pieces of independent English extended writing, one piece of topic writing or written Science work are completed for assessment.
  • Children are given the opportunity to edit, improve and perform their written work.
  • Writing is discussed with the pupils so that they are clear on what they have done well and what the next steps in their learning journeys are.
  • The writing is marked against the National Curriculum objectives and awarded a sub stage.
  • Children are assessed against composition, structure, spelling, grammar and handwriting criteria.
  • Based on the writing assessment, targets are created for each child, so that they know how to improve in their writing.


  • Year 1 follow Nelson Spelling resources, which is completely matched to Letters and Sounds.
  • Year 2 to 6 use Read, Write Inc Spelling
  • Read Write Inc. Spelling has been specially created to meet the higher demands of the national curriculum.
  • It is an online and workbook-based scheme, where Spelling rules are introduced by aliens from an exciting online spelling planet
  • Every child’s progress is recorded in pupil Log Books where they complete individual and group tasks
  • All classes have three 20-minute spelling sessions per week, except year 2 where spelling is taught daily.
  • Reception classes use the 45 high-frequency words. They also practise the spelling patterns in phonics sessions and through dictation from the LCP scheme.
  • Spelling is also taught as part of the daily English lessons.
  • Children complete a spelling test every half term.


  • Every class has a regular grammar session, called Grammar Hammer.
  • This is based on the Assertive Mentoring grammar scheme. AM provides a structure that will help pupils learn the challenging expectations of the curriculum.
  • During the sessions, children practise, apply and consolidate their grammar skills.
  • The session also includes a 10-minute modelled/shared writing activity where the teacher works with the children to apply the grammatical skills they have been working on.
  • The modelled writing is displayed on working walls, so children have examples of how to apply the grammar skills during independent tasks.
  • Progress is tracked using independent grammar activities.

All assessments are used to monitor the progress of the children, plan for the next steps in learning, support learning and inform parents of progress.