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National Curriculum tests

Primary schools are required to carry out Statutory assessments of children’s abilities at 4 different points.  Parents/carers are informed of the results at the end of the academic year in which the assessments are carried out: 

Reception - GLD

At the end of Reception, children are assessed against 'Early learning goals'.  If a pupil has attained well they are described as having a “Good level of development” (GLD).

Year 1 - phonics

Children in Year 1 are tested on their ability to link sounds and letters when reading. This is known as phonics screening. An information pack for parents can be accessed via the following link:

Year 1 phonics screening guide for parents

Year 2 and year 6 - SATs

 

SATS (standard assessment tests) are a series of assessments in reading, SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and maths carried out in two stages during your child’s primary education - at the end of year 2 (Key Stage 1) and again at the end of year 6 (Key Stage 2).  Writing and scince are also assessed but this is don through teacher assessment only rather than tests.

In 2016 the SATs will reflect the new National curriculum and are intended to be more rigorous than previous years.  There is a completely new marking and grading system and new tests have been introduced.

 The Government have published sample papers which can be accessed here

The Government have also produced advice for parents which can be accessed here.

Key stage 1 SATS – end of year 2.

 

The main changes for 2016 are the introduction of a SPAG test and an arithmetic test for children at the end of year 2.  The Key Stage 1 tests are not date-specific so you won’t know in advance when they are due to take place.  They are also spread out and worked into the timetable in such a way that the children may not feel like they’re being tested.  

 The tests, which are not strictly timed, are structured as follows:

  

Reading

2 papers: short text and questions; longer text with separate questions

Grammar, punctuation and spelling

2 papers: spelling; punctuation and grammar (including vocabulary)

Mathematics

2 papers: arithmetic; mathematical reasoning

  

As well as the tests, your child’s class teacher will make teacher assessments of attainment and progress.  Teachers will use the key stage 1 test results to help them to reach an overall judgement of the standards children have reached in reading, writing and mathematics.  They will also make a teacher assessment judgement for science, but there is no science test.  You will receive your child’s results by the end of the summer term.

 A copy of the parent information pack and the school presentation to parents can be accessed by clikcing the links below:

KS1 (Y2) SATS information booklet for parents

KS1 (Y2) SATs presentation for parents

 Key stage 2 SATS – end of year 6.

 

With the exception of writing and science, the tests for Key Stage 2 are set and marked externally.  They are structured as follows:

 

Date

Subject

Monday 9 May

English: reading 1 paper

Tuesday 10 May

 English: grammar, punctuation and spelling 2 papers: spelling; punctuation and grammar (including vocabulary)

Wednesday 11 May

 Mathematics 2 papers: arithmetic; mathematical reasoning

Thursday 12 May

 Mathematics 1 paper: mathematical reasoning

 After the tests have been taken, the Government will convert the raw scores (ie the number of marks achieved out of the total available for each test) into a scaled score. This will be done for the first time in 2016 and the national standard will be 100.

 You will receive test results for your child in English reading, English grammar, punctuation and spelling and mathematics.  There is no test for English writing; this will be reported using teacher assessment. You will also receive separate teacher assessment judgements for reading, mathematics and science.  Your child’s test results will be used to measure your child’s progress and the school’s performance; secondary schools also use end of KS2 results to predict future attainment for your child which will inform decisions around streaming.

  A copy of the parent information pack and the school presentation to parents can be accessed by clikcing the links below:

KS2 (Y6) SATS information booklet for parents

KS2 (Y6) SATs presentation to parents