The phonics screening check is a short, simple assessment to ensure that all pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard by the age of 6 years old. All Year 1 pupils in maintained schools, academies and free schools must complete the check. This is undertaken during the Summer term.
The phonics check is to support teachers in identifying any children who need extra help so they can receive the support they need to improve their reading skills. These pupils will then be able to retake the check in Year 2. If the pupil does not pass the phonics screening test for a second year they will not undertake the check in Year 3. The Year 3 class teachers however will be made aware of these children to provide additional phonics support.
The phonics screening check comprises of a list of 40 words and non-words which the child will read in a one-to-one situation with a teacher.
Standard Assessment Tests (SATs)
SATS tests are given at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. They are used to track progress and attainment of children in schools from Early Years to Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2. They comprise a mixture of teacher-led and test-based assessments.
Key Stage 1
During May all children in Year 2 will undertake the end of Key Stage 1 SAT. Children will be assessed in reading, writing, grammar, maths and science.
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2 SATs are undertaken in Year 6 and are more formal. They take place in May in a dedicated week and all tests must be administered on days specified in the statutory test timetable set by the Department for Education and Standards and Testing Agency.
At the end of Year 6, children sit tests in:
- Spelling, punctuation and grammar
These tests are both set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.
Additionally, teachers assess each pupils writing using a set of assessment criteria issued by ‘The Standards and Testing Agency’. This criteria helps us to assess whether your child is ‘working towards the expected standard,’ ‘working at the expected standard’ and ‘working at greater depth’ in writing.
KS2 Year 6 SATs Dates – May 2019
|Monday 13th May||English – Grammar, punctuation & Spelling, Paper 1: questions
English – Grammar, punctuation & spelling, Paper 2: spelling
|Tuesday 14th May||
|Wednesday 15th May||Mathematics – Paper 1: arithmetic, Paper 2: reasoning|
|Thursday 16th May||Mathematics – Paper 3: reasoning|
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