To make sure our pupils make at least expected progress in all subjects from their starting points, we assess them to find out what they can already do and what they can't do. Of course, every child is different so this can be a challenge but we use assessment information wisely and target the areas of weakness.
In lessons, teachers plan for a range of levels and build this information into what we call 'learning journeys'. They use these journeys in a number of ways but they are planned so all pupils can achieve and still make progress. You will see these in their exercise books.
Adults use interventions to plug the gaps in pupils learning and to make sure these interventions are effective, they make sure they know what pupils can do before the intervention begins and then measures the progress pupils make over the course of the intervention.
In every year from Y1 - Y6, we use GL Assessments to measure the strengths and areas for development in English, maths and science. We use these twice a year. This information is compared with other schools nationally so we know how well our pupils are doing when compared with a large sample of pupils across the country. Parents can opt to receive basic reports or the more detailed reports designed for teachers to use. This information is used by staff, leaders and governors to track the progress and attainment of all pupils in this age range.
To find out more about testing in EYFS, please use the EYFS tab.
At the end of Y2 and Y6, pupils take Statutory Assessment Tests called SATs. Click on the link below to hear about SATs:
Click here to see how Y1 pupils are screened for their phonic knowledge. This is really useful in helping you understand the use or real and non-real words to check children's knowledge of phonics (sounds letters make):
Click on the documents at the bottom of the page to see the objectives for your child in Reading, Writing, Maths and Science.
Working Towards (TWS)
Expected Standard (EXS)
Greater Depth (GDS)
Click on this link to see past KS1 SAT papers so you can see examples of questions aimed at children in KS1.
At the end of Year 6, children sit tests in:
- Spelling, punctuation and grammar
These tests are both set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.
Key Stage 2 Reading:
The reading test is a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.
There will be a selection of question types, including:
- Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’
- Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’
- Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’
- Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
- Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’
NB: From 2018 the Department for Education has announced that the reading content of the KS2 SATs will be more closely linked to the curriculum to ensure children are drawing on their knowledge when answering reading comprehension questions.
Key Stage 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test:
The grammar, punctuation and spelling test consists of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes.
The grammar and punctuation test will include two sub-types of questions:
- Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’
- Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’
Key Stage 2 maths:
Children sit three papers in maths:
- Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes
- Papers 2 and 3: reasoning, 40 minutes per paper
Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:
- Multiple choice
- True or false
- Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart
- Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem
Key Stage 2 science:
Not all children in Year 6 will take science SATs. However, a number of schools will be required to take part in science sampling: a test administered to a selected sample of children thought to be representative of the population as a whole. Science sampling testing will take place in the weeks commencing Monday 4 June 2018 and Monday 11 June 2018.
For those who are selected, there will be three papers:
- Biology: 25 minutes, 22 marks
- Chemistry: 25 minutes, 22 marks
- Physics: 25 minutes, 22 marks
When will KS2 SATs take place in 2018?
The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 14 May 2018. The exact timetable hasn't been announced, but based on the latest information from the Department for Education and timetables from previous years, it's likely to be as follows:
Monday 14 May 2018 and Tuesday 15 May 2018
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling
Wednesday 16 May 2018
Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
Thursday 17 May 2018
Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning
YOU CAN FIND MUCH MORE INFORMATION ON THE FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT WEBSITE: