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School-Based Assessment @ SSS

Assessment Philosophy and Structure

School-Based Assessment @ St. Stephen’s aims to develop the whole child and shift practices from an over-emphasis on academic results to nurturing lifelong learners who enjoy learning, to enable and empower Stephenians to learn how to learn and learn how to live. 

The following table is a summary of 2021 School-Based Assessment @ SSS:


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Primary 1

Portfolio, Learning Outcomes & Qualitative Descriptors

(Formative, 0%)

Primary 2

Primary 3

Term Review (0%)

WA 1 (15%)

WA 2 (15%)

SA (70%)

Primary 4

Term Review (0%)

SA 1 (30%)

Term Review (0%)

SA 2 (70%)

Primary 5

Term Review (0%)

WA 1 (15%)

WA 2 (15%)

SA (70%)

Primary 6



Semestral Assessment

Preliminary Examination 


TR: Term Review - zero weighting, formative in nature.
WA: Weighted Assessment - lower stake (lower weighting), more formative in nature.
SA: Semestral Assessment - higher stake (higher weighting), more summative in nature.

Lower Primary (P1 & P2)

At Lower Primary, our key focus is to build the confidence and desire to learn. Over these 2 years, there are no major weighted assessment tests; instead, bite-sized forms of formative assessment are imbedded into the curriculum, such as short writing, reading & performance tasks and mini reviews, to provide your child with more opportunities to enjoy learning, experience challenges and successes, and seek continuous improvement. Teachers also use a range of formative assessment strategies such as questioning, giving feedback, and peer- & self-assessment to support learning.

There is no weighted assessment in Lower Primary; the school will use subject-specific learning outcomes (LOs) and qualitative descriptors to report P1 and P2 students’ learning progress in the Holistic Development Profile (HDP) for all subjects at the end of Semesters 1 and 2. 

Parents will receive information of your child’s progress and achievements: teachers’ qualitative comments on your child’s work as well as rubrics and checklists will inform you about his strengths, weaknesses and how he can improve. Do approach the subject teachers if you require further feedback. You could further encourage your child to enhance his strengths, improve on weaknesses and explore new aspects of the subjects.

Middle Primary (P3 & P4)

The middle primary P3 and P4 years form a 2-year continuum. P3 is a formative-foundation year to allow for deeper learning in the classrooms, passion for the subjects, stronger intrinsic motivation to learn, and learning dispositions and skills to learn for life. As such, at P3, Term 1 is a zero-weighting Term Review, Term 2 and Term 3 are lower-weighting formative Weighted Assessments, and Term 4 is a higher-weighting summative Semestral Assessment. This foundation then leads to P4 focusing on consolidation of learning and higher-weighting Semestral Assessments. 

Other than the formal Weighted Assessments & Semestral Assessments, teachers will also continue to leverage on in-class formative assessment strategies e.g. work assignments, bite-sized tests, practical tests and projects to focus on learning for mastery in the various subjects, topics and skills.

Upper Primary (P5 & P6)

The upper primary P5 and P6 years form a 2-year continuum. For P5 SBA, we have a formative-focused 3-Term curriculum to allow for deepening of learning in the classrooms, ignite in students a passion for the subjects and instill a stronger intrinsic motivation to learn and develop their learning dispositions and skills to learn for life. As such, Term 1 is a zero-weighting Term Review, Term 2 and Term 3 are lower-weighting formative Weighted Assessments, and Term 4 is the higher-weighting summative Semestral Assessment.

At P6, our Stephenians embark on their final year of learning and experiences at St. Stephen’s, applying self-directedness, purpose and motivation in preparing towards the PSLE. Other than the 3 internal assessment milestones - CA, SA and Prelims, teachers will continue to leverage on work assignments and reviews to deepen mastery and passion in the respective subjects.

Other than the academic journey towards the PSLE, we will also continue to develop the students holistically these finishing 2 years, during which they grow to become the resilient, focused and independent seniors of the school. We hope that our students will develop an unwavering steadfastness in their pursuit of excellence in both CCAs and studies, and our Stephenians will be strengthened in character and motivation in the full spectrum of academic and non-academic pursuits, to become Stephenians and Lasallians equipped to be men of integrity and men for others.

Assessment Plans 2021

Semester 1

The following are the 2021 Semester 1 Assessment Plans (Topic/Skills Coverage, with dates or weeks stipulated, as relevant), sent via PG to all parents on 27 January 2021.

SSS P1 School-Based Assessment 2021 Semester 1.pdf

SSS P2 School-Based Assessment 2021 Semester 1.pdf

SSS P3 School-Based Assessment 2021 Semester 1.pdf

SSS P4 School-Based Assessment 2021 Semester 1.pdf

SSS P5 School-Based Assessment 2021 Semester 1.pdf 
Please note that for P5, there is a change to the P5 Term 2 WA1 dates:
- The specific dates will not be as stipulated in this earlier Assessment Plan PG Letter pdf dated 27 January 2021.
- Instead, the various subject teachers will conduct the WA within curriculum lesson periods according respective different classes' timetable, in line with the low-stake formative nature of WA.

SSS P6 Assessment Plan 2021 Semester 1.pdf