Age Related Expectations

At Gainsborough pupils are assessed against end of year age related expectations. These expectations, in line with the new National Curriculum, set out the minimum requirements a learner must meet in order to ensure continued progress throughout the year in line with age expected standards.

Pupils are assessed using on-going formative teacher assessments as well as more formal summative tests at the end of each term and a judgement is made about their attainment as follows:

  • Emerging—A child who is ‘emerging’ is working towards the end of year expectations for their age group.
  • Meeting—A child who is ‘meeting’ is secure in the majority of the end of year expectations for their age group.
  • Advancing —A child who is ‘Advancing’ is secure in all of the end of year expectations for their age group and is able to use and apply their knowledge and skills confidently in different contexts.

The New Curriculum focuses very much on ensuring children have a breadth of understanding within the concepts and skills they learn. The application of skills and understanding across a wide range of curriculum areas is key. Rather than moving ‘up’ the stages, the focus is on moving ‘outwards’ developing a deeper understanding.

You can view each year group's Age Related Expectations by clicking below.

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