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Victoria Road Primary School

Inspiring a Love of Learning

Assessment Guidance

The 21 Steps

Understanding your child's levels


  Autumn Term Spring Term  Summer Term 
EYFS Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 or 3+
Year 1 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 or 6+
Year 2 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 or 9+
Year 3 Step 10 Step 11 Step 12 or 12+
Year 4 Step 13 Step 14 Step 15 or 15+
Year 5 Step 16 Step 17 Step 18 or 18+
Year 6 Step 19 Step 20 Step 21 or 21+

As a guide it is expected that children should make 3 Steps progress a year. The chart above indicates the step that your child should be on to be considered 'age appropriate'. The + sign indicates that your child is on track for attaining 'greater depth' or above average. 


All children will be set targets at the beginning of the year. Most will have a target of achieving 3 Steps during the course of the year but some will be targeted for more steps. 


There are detailed objectives for each year group on 'Our Learning' section. Our End of Year reports will report which Step your child has attained in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. 


For children in EYFS (Reception Year), you will receive a report based on the Early Years Profile.


For children in Years 2 and 6 you will also receive additional information on how your child performed in their SATS (Standard Assessments Tests). These will have a different code to our internal assessments (Working towards, Expected and Greater Depth). The SATS only test part of the curriculum whereas our Steps Assessment tracks the full curriculum.