The school carefully monitors the progress of each pupil; children’s work is assessed formally and informally at appropriate stages throughout their academic careers and clear targets are set for improvements which are shared with the children.
Teachers and support staff are continuously monitoring and evaluating children’s progress through their detailed marking and general observations.
We use a document called the Fundamentals to track the progress of children in each year group.
Children are encouraged to play an active part in assessing their own progress and setting individual targets. We use these assessments to set appropriate work and to provide additional support if necessary.
SATs is the acronym for Statutory Assessment Tests. These tests are taken at the end of both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. .
The Key Stage 1 SATs are taken towards the end of Year 2. These tests are usually administered throughout May each year.
In Key Stage 2, these tests are taken by Year 6 pupils in May each year. In addition summative testing is also used across the school to give teachers a clearer view of children’s progress at different stages of the year.
Why are the SATs important?
The Year 6 SATs are mainly used by the school to check on progress. However, they are also used to assess the child’s attainment before they move onto secondary school where they are sometimes used by schools to determine which sets they will enter in year 7. So, these are not something to take lightly.
What do the SATs involve?
2014 saw a complete overhaul on the old curriculum which many teachers had become familiar and comfortable with. The government introduced new SATs tests which are based on the new standards set by the new curriculum. These tests are marked by external examiners and the results will be used to measure our school’s performance. These results are reported to Ofsted and are used in the published league tables which are readily available for all to see.
The Year 6 SATs consist of the following items:
- English: Reading (comprehension) paper (1 hour)
- English: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling paper (45 minutes + 15 minutes spelling test)
- Mathematics 1: arithmetic (30 minutes)
- Mathematics 2 and 3: reasoning (40 minutes each)
Some, not all, schools have been selected to take part in Science Sampling tests. These consist of:
- Biology (25 minute, 22 mark paper)
- Chemistry (25 minute, 22 mark paper)
- Physics (25 minute, 22 mark paper)