The National Curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘key stages’ (KS).
- Key Stage 1 is from 5 – 7 years, encompassing Year 1 and Year 2 children;
- Key Stage 2 is from 7 – 11 years, encompassing Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 children.
The stage before the age of 5 is referred to as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
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Information on Assessment
We use assessment continuously to inform the next step in learning. It is a central part of the teaching and learning process and teachers assess skills, knowledge and understanding informally on a daily basis. This informs the next step in learning and helps teachers to provide work at an appropriate level for each individual child.
In addition to the informal assessments, a number of formal assessments take place each year.
The formal testing procedures are currently as follows:
Reception The Foundation Stage Profile
Throughout the Foundation Stage, as part of the teaching and learning process, teachers and teaching assistants assess each child’s development in relation to the developmental age-related stages which form part of the ‘ Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage’. These assessments are made on the basis of the teachers and teaching assistants accumulating observations and knowledge of the whole child. By the end of the foundation stage, the Foundation Stage Profile sums up that knowledge.
Year 1 The Phonics Test
This is a national test taken by all Year 1s. Children are expected to reach a pass mark. If they fail to do so, they re-take the test the following year. As part of this test, the children are expected to read phonic combinations and words. The pass mark has been 32 for several years out of a possible total of 40.
Year 2 End of KS1 Assessments
Tests are taken in Maths (a Reasoning paper and an Arithmetic paper), Reading and SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar). The raw scores are then converted to a scaled score. Those who have a scaled score of 100 or above are deemed to have met the national expectations at Year 2.
From 2021, Year 4s will take a statutory multiplication test.
Years 3, 4 and 5
Although not statutory, our children take end of term tests in Reading, SPAG and Maths. The results of these indicate whether they are working at the expected standard, below or above. The assessments reported to the parents are in the form of a Teacher Assessment but the results of these tests will have been used to inform this.
Year 6 End of KS2 Assessments
Children take tests in Maths, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG Test), and Reading. The teacher also gives each child a Teacher Assessment result for Writing and Science. These are reported alongside the test results.
If you require any further information, the class teachers will be pleased to help you.