Assessment takes place on an informal basis all the time. Your child’s teacher will be observing your child’s progress and using this to determine their work and plan future teaching. In Reception, these form part of the Foundation Stage Profile for your child.
In addition we have a programme of formal assessments which happen throughout the year from Year 1 onwards. These can include reading and spelling tests and Maths tests. SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) are given at the end of Years 2 and 6. They assess the level your child has attained for English and Maths.
In Year 2 the SATs take place throughout May and June. The class teacher sets short tasks which are done in class without support. They also complete a reading, spelling and maths test. The teacher assesses both the task and tests: an overall mark is given for each area (reading, writing and maths).
In Year 6 the SATs take place in the summer term. The tests are more formal and the papers are sent away to be marked and the levels are reported nationally.
The children are given a grade for each of the subjects. These are intended to show whether you child is working at, above or below the target level for their age. This helps the school plan for your child’s education and future learning. It also helps the school to compare pupil performance against national results. By the end of Year 2, most children should be working at level 2 and by the end of Year 6, level 4.
In the autumn of Year 6, the children will undertake the optional 11+ secondary transfer test to determine their secondary school. Prior to the test they will have some experience of the types of questions and had a familiarisation session, in accordance with Buckinghamshire County Council guidance. Information on the selection process will be given to parents towards the end of Year 5.
Reporting to parents
Twice a year, in the autumn and spring terms, you will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher to talk about your child’s progress and achievements in key learning areas. These meetings are also a chance to ask any questions and tell your child’s teacher about their life outside of the classroom. Your child’s work will be put out for you to look at.
At the end of the year, you will be sent a written report that gives details of your child’s progress.
Of course, you can always see your child’s teacher if you have any concerns about their life in school. We would prefer you to make an appointment see the teacher before 8.45 or after 3.15. Please contact your child’s teacher to arrange a mutually suitable time. On such occasions, your child/children may wait in the reception area. You can also make appointments to see the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and SENCo, if you prefer.
Our SATs results for June 2015
The following information contains the results of the standardised tests which children in Year 2 and Year 6 took during May 2015.