A group of Somerset teachers worked together to identify a child-led, manageable assessment process that encourages progression and is sustainable in an ever-changing world.  It will support children to become confident digital citizens, digital creators and digital communicators.

Assessment in Computing should:

  • Be accessible and understandable to children, to allow them to self and peer assess

  • Be manageable and sustainable

  • Be meaningful for teachers

  • Fit with assessment model use for other curriculum areas

  • Provide clear guidance for progression

  • Identify gaps and inform next steps in learning

  • Be adaptable for any school regardless of technologies available

How to use the Assessment Model:

  • ‘I can’ statements are shared with children to enable self / peer assessment and supported by KS1 What to do and KS2 RAG design

  • Assessment ‘I can’ recording sheet is highlighted to show the attainment of pupils in a year group.  The names of those achieving above (at mastery level) or below age related expectations are recorded underneath each thread

  • Key questions are used to support teacher assessment

  • Teachers maintain the ongoing record (likely to be recorded termly) of the attainment of pupils for each thread

  • For pupils working below expectation, teachers refer to the relevant year groups to ensure children are appropriately challenged

  • Open-ended challenges can be used to develop computational thinking for Children who are assessed as working at age expectations

  • The planning for the following term / year is informed by these assessments

  • Annotated examples of learning processes and outcomes can be saved in an electronic portfolio to evidence age expected achievements

With thanks to Denise Flagg (Ilchester Primary), Emily-Jane Bailey-Jones (St Margaret’s Primary), Janet Ross (Hamp Academy), Katie Williams (Puriton Primary), Matt Mustafic (Beech Grove Primary), Rikki Stock  (Vallis First School)

Self and formative assessment

KS1 Self assessment model

KS2 Self assessment model (based on the work of Jane Waite, CAS)

Learners working at Mastery level

Open-ended challenges allow learners to develop computational thinking.  They provide a way for learners working at mastery level to develop their knowledge and skills independently.  At the same time they can be used with others in the class to allow them to be part of developing the process, skills and understanding to achieve a particular outcome.  


Assessment Grids (End of Year Statements)


2017 Assessment Grids Year 1 - Year 6 including Active online safety outcomes (Subscriber only)

2017 Assessement Grids Year 1 - Year 6 including Active online safety outcomes (Subscriber only) 

KS1 End of Year Statements Grid to support mixed age classes (Subscriber only)

KS2 End of Year Statements Grid to support mixed age classes (Subscriber only)

Assessment Exemplifications

Assessment exemplifications to support the Computing curriculum have been produced by a group of Somerset teachers, funded by Wessex Teaching School.

They are designed to help teachers identify the age-related expectations for learners in Computing.

The exemplifications use the End of Year statements from the Assessment Grids and an example of a teaching activity. The learner's age-related achievement is indicated, along with statements that indicate the learner is developing mastery in this thread.

Year 1    Handling Data     Multimedia     Programming    Technology in our Lives

Year 2    Handling Data     Multimedia     Programming    Technology in our Lives

Year 3    Handling Data     Multimedia     Programming    Technology in our Lives​

Year 4    Handling Data     Multimedia     Programming    Technology in our Lives

Year 5    Handling Data     Multimedia     Programming    Technology in our Lives

Year 6    Handling Data     Multimedia     Programming    Technology in our Lives

(All documents open in PDF format)

With thanks to Chloe Cahill (Abbas & Templecombe Primary), Emily-Jane Bailey-Jones (St Margaret’s Primary), Janet Ross (Hamp Academy), Kate Bryant (Knights Templar First School), Lois Bowery (Greenfylde Primary) Matt Mustafic (Beech Grove Primary)

Key questions to support assessment of Computing
(subscribing schools only)