As we approach the end of the year, children in years 2 and 6 will be assessed on their learning in maths, English and science. The results of these assessments are reported to the DfE and to you as parents.

Key Stage 1 (Year 2)

Over the next few weeks Year 2 teachers will begin the process of end of year assessment with your children in year 2. The assessment process is just part of normal classroom practice throughout the year.

There are tests in maths and reading which we have to administer to our year twos during the month of May, but the results of these contribute to one overall teacher assessment for reading and maths. The final teacher assessments in each subject will reflect each child’s daily attainment, not just the outcome of a one-off test. The results of these tests are not reported to the DfE but help teachers in their final teacher assessment judgement. The teacher assessments in reading, writing, maths and science are reported to both the DfE and to you as parents. Teacher assessments and tests assess how well your child is achieving against the 2014 national curriculum, and specifically the age related expectation at year 2.

If you have any further questions about the tests or any of the arrangements, please talk to class teachers or Mrs Griffiths.

While we do our very best to ensure that no extra pressure is put on the children during this time, and there is no need for any extra help or ‘revision’ at home, other than the support with reading , spelling and number that you give throughout the whole year.

Key Stage 2 (Year 6)

Towards the end of Key Stage 2, Year 6 children take the KS2 SATs.
(Statutory Assessment Tests). The children are assessed during May, and in 2016 as you know, test week is May 9th.

The key Stage 2 tests cover reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar and maths. They are strictly timed, from 30-60 minutes each test, and assess how far children are meeting the expectation for their age. There is no longer a separate paper to assess children working at a very high standard.

The timetable is as follows:

Monday: Reading – a booklet which the children are given 1 hour to read and answer questions.

Tuesday: Spelling grammar and punctuation; this consists of booklet to complete in 45 minutes, this time to answer short questions on aspects of grammar and punctuation. This is followed by a spelling test.

Wednesday: Maths paper 1 arithmetic paper (30 minutes) and paper 2 ‘reasoning’ (40 minutes).

Thursday: Maths paper 2 ‘reasoning’ (40 minutes)

Reporting the results of tests and teacher assessment

Reporting the results of tests and teacher assessment
Test outcomes and teacher assessments are reported to parents and the DfE. Test outcomes will be reported to parents and the DfE in the form of a scaled score. The scaled score indicates the extent to which each child is working to the expected age related standard. Teacher assessments are also reported to parents and the DfE.

The measures for the teacher assessment work a little differently to the tests, as follows. For writing, the teacher assessment outcome will say to what extent each child is meeting the expectation for their age, including (like the tests) an indication for children achieving beyond their age. In reading, maths and science however, the teacher assessment will state only whether each child is working at the expected standard, or below the expected standard. This judgement is made against a set of expectations for the end of year six.

Help with accessing the Tests

Some children have the right to help to access the test, for example, they have someone to read the maths and grammar questions so they know what they are being asked to do, or someone to write out an answer if it can’t be read. This may mean that some children stay behind at the end of a test, do a test in a separate room, or have a little extra time. Please note that none of the children are given help with the test itself, and where arrangements like this are made it is after consultation with colleagues and other professionals and in some cases after making an application to the DfE.

Absence during ‘SATs Week’

It is extremely important that your child is in school for the week of the tests!

If an emergency arises and your child cannot attend, please do contact school as soon as you are able. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
A breakfast club will run during the testing week, details of which have been sent to parents.

Phonics Screening Check (Year 1)

The phonics screening check is a check of your child’s ability to decode words using only their phonic knowledge. It takes place in the summer term, and like the end of key stage tests the results are reported to the DfE. Some children who did not meet the required standard last year and are now in year 2, will re- take the test this term. The check will be administered on a one to one basis by KS1 teachers and the results of the check will be sent out to you with the school report at the end of term.

How Does the Check Work?

Your child will sit with a teacher he or she knows and will be asked to read 40 words aloud. Your child may have read some of the words before, while others will be completely new. The check normally takes just a few minutes to complete and there is no time limit. If your child is struggling, the teacher will stop the check. The check is carefully designed not to be stressful for your child.

What are ‘alien words’?

The check will contain a mix of real words and ‘alien words’. Your child will be told before the check that there will be alien words that he or she will not have seen before. Our children will be used to these as we use them in our phonics teaching. Alien words are important to include because words such as ‘vap’ or ‘jound’ are new to all children. Children cannot read the non-words by using their memory or vocabulary so they must use their decoding skills.

Tests in Other Year Groups

Formative assessment is on-going throughout the year; assessment during lessons enables teachers to plan for next steps in learning. We also administer tests in reading and maths each term in years 1-6, and in the summer term in Reception, which gives a summative record of how well children are doing against the age expectations (the results of these tests are not reported externally). As in year 2, the tests contribute to the teacher assessment judgement that will be on your child’s report at the end of the year.

Please do be assured that assessment is a normal part of school throughout the year, and neither you nor your children should feel anxious. Here in school we will do our best to make the children feel at ease so that they do their best at all times. If you have any queries at all, please do contact Ms Rogers, Mrs Griffiths (Assessment Lead) or of course, your child’s class teacher.