St. Wulstan's Roman Catholic Primary School

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How we assess at St. Wulstan's

St. Wulstan’s Assessment System

St. Wulstan’s uses an assessment system that allows teachers to assess and input children’s data on three occasions thought-out the year: End of Autumn, End of Spring and End of Summer terms.


Assessing and Tracking Pupils’ Progress using Target Tracker

The National Curriculum has been written to give age related expectations for the end of each year.

As children move from Year 1 to Year 6, they will be tracked against the Age Related Expectations (A.R.E).


Formative assessments

Formative assessments are recorded for reading, writing and maths at the end of each unit of work. The children are assessed against statements taken directly from the National Curriculum. (These statements are also linked to teachers planning). Teachers assess in one of the following four ways:

  • Not Begun [black]
  • Working towards [red]
  • Achieved [blue]

A child understands something and can apply it independently

  • Mastered [gold]

A child can apply it in a different context


Summative assessments

Each year group is assessed against its own year band. Year 1 = Band 1, Year 2 = Band 2 etc.

Each year band is broken down into 6 steps, which are as follows:










Beginning to work on the areas within this band.

Beginning +





Working Within this band – Around 40% - 70% of the statements are confidently achieved.

Within +





Secure within this band – The broad expectations have been met.




Secure +




At the end of each term, teachers make a judgement on each child’s achievement. They use the statements achieved as a guideline. So for example, the child above was assessed as a Band 5s+ at the end of Year 5 as she had about 80-90% of the statements achieved.

Tracking attainment and progress

 Tracking Points are used to examine attainment and progress numerically. The Tracking Point scale starts at Point 37, which is the first term in the first year in Year 1. Expected progress is 1 point each half term, equating to 6 points each year. (Points with a value of 1 to 36 are used for P scales and the early learning goals) The table below shows the band, step within the band and points equivalent.


Term 1.1

Term 1.2

Term 2.1

Term 2.2

Term 3.1

Term 3.2

Year 1

Band 1b 37

Band 1b+ 38

Band 1w 39

Band 1w+ 40

Band 1s 41

Band 1s+ 42

Year 2

Band 2b 43

Band 2b+ 44

Band 2w 45

Band 2w+ 46

Band 2s 47

Band 2s+ 48

Year 3

Band 3b 49

Band 3b+ 50

Band 3w 51

Band 3w+ 52

Band 3s 53

Band 3s+ 54

Year 4

Band 4b 55

Band 4b+ 56

Band 4w 57

Band 4w+ 58

Band 4s 59

Band 4s+ 60

Year 5

Band 5b 61

Band 5b+ 62

Band 5w 63

Band 5w+ 64

Band 5s 65

Band 5s+ 66

Year 6

Band 6b 67

Band 6b+ 68

Band 6w 69

Band 6w+ 70

Band 6s 71

Band 6s+ 72



If you would like to understand more about how we assess children, feel free to speak with your child’s class teacher or any member of the Senior Leadership Team. 

Please click on the links below for each year group's A.R.E. grids.



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6