Once a year more formal assessments are undertaken in English and Maths, to assess each child’s progress and to provide information about the year group as a whole, so that the school is able to set targets and evaluate its success in relation to individual year groups.
We set whole school curriculum and individual child targets each term to work towards in Maths and English.
SATs are administered nationally during the summer term and are designed to provide a standardised measure across the country against which the achievements of children can be judged at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Children are assessed in English (reading, writing, and spelling) and Mathematics. Teacher assessments are made for Science. Their tests are marked in school.
Children are assessed in English (writing, spelling, handwriting, reading, and comprehension), Maths and Science. Their tests are marked externally.
The SATs involve a variety of practical tasks and formal pencil-and-paper tests according to level of ability and age. Each child is assessed by the class teacher before the tests. Small variations in the year groups (for example a larger number of special needs children, or children joining the school in Years 5 or 6) can result in large percentage variation in SATs result year by year. It is always worth trying to understand these variations. Variation in results does not always mean variation in teaching, learning expectations or standards.
Tests are also undertaken by children in Years 3, 4 and 5 during the summer term to monitor progress in relation to National Curriculum levels.