Assessments & SATs
We baseline children on entry to our school so that we have an accurate starting point. The overwhelming majority of schools do this. The new National Curriculum tells the teacher what to teach and the expectations for each year group. The New National Curriculum, introduced in 2015/2016, is harder than the old one as expectations have been raised by the government. We will inform you every term of where your child is working in Reading, Writing and Maths according to Age Related Expectations. Evidence of your child’s attainment is moderated by staff throughout the year to ensure a fair assessment is made.
A Year 6 child sits National Tests (SATs) in May. These tests are provided by, and marked by, an external examining board. For Reading, Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar and Maths, results are sent to you when we receive them in July. Writing is by Teacher Assessment.
KS2 SATs papers explained
In 2016, children in Year 6 were the first children to take the new SATs papers. The new-style SATs for English and Maths reflect the new National Curriculum and are more rigorous than previous years' tests. There is also a completely new SATs marking scheme and grading system which has replaced National Curriculum levels which also came into force with the New National Curriculum..
In May 2020, children will sit tests in:
Every March, the children sit mock papers with exactly the same conditions as they will experience on the actual week. The purpose of mock week is for the children to become familiar with the exam environment so they are as relaxed and comfortable as possible for the real thing.
The biggest single influence on your child’s SAT marks will be their reading ability. Good readers can read questions quickly and understand what they need to do. Continue to encourage your child to read every day, looking at both fiction and non-fiction. Please also ensure that your child continues to complete their Maths and English homework set each week.
If you or your child have any concerns or questions, please let us know.
The documents below detail the age related expectations for each year group for Maths, Writing and Spelling. There is also the Key Stage 2 Age Related Expectations for Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation and an explanation of the Grammatical terms.