|From September 2014 schools nationally are undergoing a transition between using a system of levels and a new system based on year group expectations. This will be shared with parents in more details as it becomes embedded within the school. However, children undertaking Year 2 and Year 6 tests are still being assessed using the historic system of levels. For more information please come in and talk to your children's class teacher.
Children are assessed both formally and informally in a variety of ways:
• Oral and written tests
• Discussions with the child
• Samples of the children’s work
• Observations by the teacher
From September 2016 the government was intending to introduce tests for children starting school. This 'baseline check' was to assess each child's level of development at the beginning of their formal schooling in order to measure how they have progressed by the age of 11. However, following comparison of the three different baseline assessments available the DfE has made the decision not to use them as the starting point for measuring progress. Instead, when children starting school in September 2016 leave in 2022 their KS1 results will be used as a starting point against which to measure progress.
Children in our Reception class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS) which was updated from September 2014.
Your children will be learning new skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development. Children should mostly develop the three prime areas first: - communication and language, physical development and personal social and emotional development. As children grow these prime areas will help them develop skills in four specific areas: - literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
In the final term of their Reception year and EYFS profile is completed by the class teacher for each child. This provides parents with a well-rounded picture of their child's knowledge and understanding and their progress against expected progress. The levels of development are assessed against the Early Years goals and will be expressed as 'emerging', 'expected' or 'exceeding'. Parents will be given a copy of the results.
Follow this link to the EYFS Statutory Framework 2014.
Children will have a statutory phonics test in June. This is a short assessment, first introduced in 2012, to confirm whether individuals pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. Results will be passed on to parents. It will identify children who need extra help so they are given support to improve their reading skills. They will then be able to retake the check so that schools can track pupils until they are able to decode.
Phonics results from 2012-2016 Example Phonics Material
Year 2 (Key Stage 1)
The new National Curriculum was assessed for the first time in May 2016. Pupils will sit tests in English (Grammar and Punctuation, Reading and Spelling) and Maths (Arithmetic and Reasoning) which will be set externally but marked internally. The number of correct answers will be converted to a scaled score. A scaled score of 100 or above will indicate that the child is working at the expected standard. Scaled scores range from 85 to 115 and the DfE is aiming for 85% of children to reach the required standard.Below are example test materials.
Children will also be internally assessed in Writing and Science.
Below are links to the 2016 papers.
Grammar and Punctuation - Paper 1 Grammar and Punctuation - Paper 2
Reading - Booklet Reading - Answer Booklet
Maths - Paper 1 Maths - Paper 2 Maths - Paper 3
Year 6 (Key Stage 2)
Children in Year 6 in the summer of 2016 were the first take SATs which reflect the new National Curriculum. As at KS1 above each child is given a raw score (the actual number of marks they get) alongside their scaled score. 100 will always represent the 'national standard'. Scores of 100 or above will indicate that the child has reached the expected standard. Scaled scores will range from 80 to 120.
Children sit tests, as now, in Reading, Maths and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS). These tests are set and marked externally. The tests in 2017 will take place in the week beginning 8th May, 2017.
The reading test is a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. Children will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test. The questions will test skills such as ranking/ordering, labelling, finding and copying, constructing short responses and open-ended responses.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
This 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 will include selected and constructed responses.
There are three papers in Maths:
Paper 1 - Arithmetic - 30 minutes
Papers 2 and 3 - Reasoning - 40 minutes per paper
Paper 1 consists of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 involve a number of question types, including: multiple choice, true or false, constrained questions and questions requiring children to explain their approach to solving a problem.