Statutory Assessments and SATs Information
All state primary pupils in England are tested at the end of Key Stage 1 (year 2) and Key Stage 2 (year 6).
Children in year 6 take their tests on set dates in May. Results are then submitted to the local authority and parents are informed by the end of the summer term, usually on Parent Review Day. The tests the children undertake are Reading, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS) and Mathematics. The children's writing judgements are based upon teacher assessment of work produced in class.
In year 2, the assessment isn't solely based on the tests. Teachers make a judgement using the test scores alongside other evidence, such as the understanding shown by pupils in their classwork. Like the year 6 SATs, it is crucial that pupils are in school during the assessment window to take part in these statutory tests.
Please find below the presentations delivered during the SATs Parent Meetings.
Early Years Assessments
The first statutory assessment takes place in our preschool. When a child is aged between two and three, practitioners must review their progress, and provide parents and/or carers with a short written summary of their child’s development in the prime areas (Physical development, Personal, social and emotional development and Communication and language development.). This progress check must identify the child’s strengths, and any areas where the child’s progress is less than expected and is always shared with the parents.
Children are also assessed at the end of Reception, where teachers make a judgement based on observations and monitoring of pupils' development. Children are assessed in seven areas of learning and these assessments are submitted to the local authority. Parents are informed of these assessments at the end of the academic year, usually at Parent Review Day.
Please see the booklet below for information on the Areas of Development and end of year goals.
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check
Every year in June, the Year One pupils take the National Phonics Screening check. The check consists of 20 real words and 20 pseudo-words that a pupil reads aloud to the teacher. Psuedo words, or 'alien-words', are words that that are phonically decodable but are not actual words with an associated meaning e.g. brip, snorb, twooch
Pseudo words are included in the check specifically to assess whether children can decode a word using phonics skills and not their memory. Although the check is not treated as a formal test, the children are expected to reach a benchmark level and assessments are submitted to the local authority. If a child does not reach the agreed pass mark, they must retake the test at the end of year 2. These pupils receive extra phonics support throughout year 2 to ensure they have the skills needed to competently read and write. Parents are informed of their child's results on Parent Review Day.
Please see the information booklet below to support your child with their phonics skills.
Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check
From the 2019/20 academic year onwards, schools with be required to administer an online multiplication tables check (MTC) to all year 4 pupils. The National Curriculum specifies that pupils should be taught to recall the multiplication tables up to and including 12 × 12 by the end of year 4.
The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided. Pupils will complete the MTC during a three week window in June.
Don't forget to access TT Rockstars to help your child practise their timetables: https://www.ttrockstars.com
You can also access the following website which uses a similar format to the one children will encounter when completing the statutory check: https://www.timestables.co.uk/multiplication-tables-check/