End of Key Stage Assessments

Key Stage 1

 

Key Stage 1 assessments (or SATs as they are more widely known) are sat by children in Y2. The style of the Key Stage 1 assessments is quite informal with children sitting assessments in groups, pairs or individually with a teacher. The assessments are all completed during the month of May.

 

They are not timed and we are keen to ensure that children do not see the assessments as ‘formal tests’. This is the reason we don’t use the word ‘test’ in Year 2. Instead, we refer to them as ‘activity booklets’ as this helps the children to stay calm and hopefully see them as just another activity they are to carry out in class.

Key Stage 1 assessments include the following:

  • Reading paper 1 (400-700 words with the texts and questions combined)

  • Reading paper 2 (800-1100 words with a separate text booklet and answer booklet)

  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar test (optional)

  • Maths paper 1 (arithmetic)

  • Maths paper 2 (mathematical reasoning)

Assessment in writing is carried out by the teacher and can be externally moderated. Teachers use a selection of work completed in books. 

 

Reporting

The scores from the test are converted to a scaled score and each child receives an overall result indicating whether or not they have achieved the required standard on the tests. However, your child's teacher will consider the work your child has completed during year 1 and 2, as well as their performance in the key stage 1 tests. They will then make a judgement about how your child is progressing.

 

We report the teacher assessment to you using the following terms:

- working towards the expected standard

- working at the expected standard

- working at greater depth within the expected standard

 

For further information, please read the parent leaflet published by the government.  

Key Stage 2

 

Key Stage 2 SATs, taken in year 6, are more formal than Key Stage 1 SATs. They take place on designated days which are stipulated to the school by the government and have to be sat in timed ‘test conditions’. All tests are sent away to be externally marked with the school recieving the results in July. If children need support reading questions, an adult is there to support them.

 

Key Stage 2 assessments include the following:

  • Reading booklet and separate answer booklet (selection of texts totalling 1500-2300 words)

  • Grammar, punctuation and spelling test (paper 1 and paper 2)

  • Maths paper 1 (arithmetic)

  • Maths paper 2 (reasoning)

  • Maths paper 3 (reasoning)

Assessment in writing is carried out by the teacher can be externally moderated. Teachers use a selection of work completed in books.

Reporting 

Your child will have take tests in maths, reading and grammar, punctuation and spelling in May. The results of these tests are reported to you as a scaled score for each subject. 

- A scaled score of 100 means a child is working at the expected standard for the end of the key stage.

- A scaled score of below 100 indicates that a child may need more support to help them reach the expected standard.

- A scaled score above 100 suggests a child is working above the expected standard for the key stage.

 

Teacher assessment judgements

Your child's teacher forms their judgements by assessing their work against the standards in reading, writing, maths and science as outlined in the interim teacher assessment frameworks.

For writing, they will report their decisions in terms of children:

- working towards the expected standard

- working at the expected standard

- working at greater depth within the expected standard

For reading, maths and science, they will report their decisions in terms of children:

- working at the expected standard

- having not met the expected standard

For further information, please read the leaflet published by the government.

 

More information on end of key stage assessments can be found at www.gov.uk .