At Ryders Green, we strive to give every child, every opportunity, at their one chance in primary school.

Phonics and Reading Schemes at Ryders Green

At Ryders Green we strive to ensure all our pupils are confident and happy readers. All pupils throughout the school take banded books home to read with parents. We also follow the Read Write Inc in school with daily phonics sessions taking place in Early Years and Key Stage 1. Key Stage 2 pupils take part in phonics sessions when appropriate using Fresh Start.

Writing assessment at Ryders Green

At Ryders Green we use the School Pupil Tracker Online in order to ensure coverage of the National Curriculum objectives and also to generate a level for each child. This level is generated based on the coverage of the curriculum and how well the child has achieved that objective.

To ensure our writing assessments are accurate across the school, we have half termly staff moderating sessions, where we sit as a staff and quality assure each other’s assessments. Alongside this, we have a Local Authority advisor visit us to give further quality assurance to our assessments. When she visits, she moderates approximately 10% of the class teacher’s assessments which are then used for future moderation.

Reading assessment at Ryders Green

At Ryders Green we believe in good quality assessment. This ensures that all children are monitored accurately and any relevant interventions can take place. In order to make this possible, we use two different assessment strategies: PM Benchmarking and PiRA reading assessments.

The PiRA reading assessments are small, termly reading tests give standardised results and age related scores that enable us to track pupil progress term by term. Benefits of the tests include:

  • Full coverage of the new National Curriculum – supporting a whole-school approach from spring term in Reception to the end of Year 6.
  • A diagnostic profile for each pupil – including a Standardised Score, Reading Age and Hodder Scale Score, based on the termly performance of over 10,000 pupils nationally.
  • Helps monitor small increments of progress – offering a reliable basis for predicting future progress and supporting planning.
  • Supports the identification of strengths and weaknesses – informing teaching and highlighting areas where children may need more support.
  • Simple and quick to administer and mark – taking just 30 to 40 minutes to assess a whole class.
  • As the standards in reading have increased with the introduction of The New National Curriculum, it is important that children are being assessed at these new standards. PiRA assessment has taken account of this change and now includes questions of increased difficulty and new questions types to provide familiarity with the 2016 SATs-style questions

These assessments mean that our children are exposed to and prepared for the new expectations in the Reading SATs tests and we provide children lower than year 6, with these experiences.

In order to further quality assure our reading assessments across the school, we also use PM Benchmarking which has been recommended to us by the Local Authority.

Benchmark Kits are an essential resource to accurately track and assess pupils’ reading progress across the whole school, ensuring consistent and accurate levelling in reading. It is a highly supportive reading programme for teachers, and gives reassurance that every child can succeed, as well as also giving teachers the ability to accurately measure reading progress and meet National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements. Any child that falls 6 months below their age-related expectation based on the PiRA test is Benchmarked, in order to provide an accurate assessment of what the child can do, so that relevant and timely interventions can be put in to place.

This all takes place alongside half termly staff moderation sessions where we sit down as a staff and quality assure our judgements with each other.

English as an Additional Language

The following links should provide you with more information as to how we approach English as an additional language:

Learn English with Little Bridge

Learn English with British Council




by Jonathan Gadd (Leading Practitioner and Local Authority Moderator for KS2)