At the end of each stage teachers are required to undertake both formal and informal assessments of the progress made by pupils. The informal testing is known as TEACHER ASSESSMENT, and is an important part of the process because it uses judgements made from on-going assessments, taken over the whole academic year.
Teachers, in fact, make informal assessments every time they teach a class, and they will use these judgements to plan what the children need to learn next. The formal tests are known as Standard Assessment Tests, (SATs) which are produced nationally and are taken by all children in the country. From 2016 the tests for both key stages have changed.
Additional information is also below with links to example tests. There is a further guide produced by Rising Stars which support parents with work at home at home. Click here to access .
If parents wish, there is also a copy of the interim assessment standards which children will be assessed against. Click here to access. It is worth looking at these documents so you can see the new expectations for your child. Though children do take tests at KS1 they are combined with teachers own knowledge as to take a test result only for a child as young as 7 would not be appropriate. Children also take the tests in comfortable conditions and often in small groups.
At Key Stage 1 children have tests as follows:
• Paper 1 – Arithmetic
• Paper 2 – Reasoning
Reading using a reading booklet and an answer book
Spelling Punctuation and Grammar is tested by a test paper
Writing is assessed by teachers(Click here to see the published interim standards for writing)
How is the school helping to prepare the children?
• By practising key skills, which will prepare the children for the process of the tests.
• By giving parents the information they need to help their child
• By using revision materials – homework, IXL, Grammar Hammer
• Through class lessons, making sure the children have covered all of the areas tested.