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Guidance from the Department for Education for parents about the SATs for Year 2 and Year 6 pupils in May.

From September 2015 the government removed the levels system that was previously used to assess children at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2. As many of you will already know, having read previous communications from myself and attending my open presentation on assessment, Corsham Regis has successfully implemented a new system that tracks pupils’ progress as they move through the academy. In addition to this new internal system, the national assessments have changed. I hope the following information will help you to understand these changes:

 

Reception Baseline Assessment.

Pupils are assessed at the beginning of their reception year.

 

Year 1 Phonics Screening Test.

This test remains and will be administered internally in June 2016. These results are then reported to the local authority.

 

National Key Stage One Assessments.

At the end of year 2 pupils will be given teacher assessment standards in reading, writing, mathematics and science. Pupils will be assessed against criteria under the following heads:

  • Reading – working below the expected standard, working at the expected standard and working at greater depth within the expected level.
  • Writing – working below the expected standard, working at the expected standard and working at greater depth within the expected level.
  • Mathematics – working below the expected standard, working at the expected standard and working at greater depth within the expected level.
  • Science – working at the expected standard

 

The pupils will also sit new tests which will consist of:

 English reading Paper 1 – combined reading prompt and answer booklet

 English reading Paper 2 – reading booklet and reading answer booklet

 English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1 - spelling

 English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2 - questions

 Mathematics Paper 1 – arithmetic

 Mathematics Paper 2 – reasoning  

 

These will be carried out in the classroom over the month of May and the children will receive a standardised score where 100 is the expected attainment.

 

National Key Stage Two Assessments

At the end of year 6 pupils will be given teacher assessment standards in reading, writing, mathematics and science. Pupils will be assessed against criteria under the following headings:

  • Reading- working at the expected standard
  • Writing- working below the expected standard, working at the expected standard and working at greater depth within the expected level.
  • Mathematics - working at the expected standard.
  • Science- working at the expected standard.

 

The pupils will also sit tests which will consist of:

 English reading Paper 1 – reading booklet and associated answer booklet

 English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1 – short answer questions

 English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2 - spelling

 Mathematics Paper 1 – arithmetic

 Mathematics Paper 2 – reasoning

 Mathematics Paper 3 – reasoning

 

These will be carried out in the classroom the week beginning May 9th and are externally marked.

In July the children will receive a standardised score where 100 is the expected attainment. 

Below is an extract from the Department for Education which came out Feb 2016

 

SETTING A HIGHER BAR

We want all children leaving primary school with a good standard of reading, writing and maths. Previous expectations for children were too low. The new assessment and accountability system – which marks the end of key stages – has been designed to reflect a new, more challenging national curriculum which set high expectations for every child, setting them up to succeed at secondary school and beyond.’ (DfE 19th February 2016)

 

Whilst your child’s class teacher is aiming to teach towards these new expectations, obviously, they must work from your child’s starting point and teach in order to build a firm foundation rather than merely missing out gaps in order to reach new standards. However, what is important is that you, your child and the teacher know in which areas your child is doing well or is not making sufficient progress, so that we can work together to address any concerns.