Do you have a child in year 2 at primary school? If the answer is yes, they will be taking the national curriculum tests, also known as SATs, in May 2017.

Your child’s teacher will use the results of these tests to help them judge how well they are progressing, but they won’t be using the test results alone. Instead, they’ll be thinking about what they’ve seen over the whole of years 1 and 2 so they can get a full, accurate picture of how well your child is doing. Your child’s school will send you a report on their progress by the end of the summer term. 

Assessment is important because it helps teachers to understand how your child is doing and put in place support to help them improve if they need it. If, for example, your child is struggling with their reading, it is vital that the school knows this early on, so they can give them the help they need to get back on track. Without these assessments, there is risk your child is struggling and they do not get the support they need.

Why the need for assessment in early primary years?

The reason this assessment happens is to make sure your child is on course to master the basics of reading, writing and maths by the time they leave primary school. But if problems are picked up early on, the school can invest time getting your child back on track straight away by providing extra support. The government wants to make sure every child has mastered the basics, so they can get on and do well in life. Understanding what a child can do at the end of key stage 1 is essential to ensure that they’re on the right track when they reach the end of primary school. To ensure that your child is well prepared for this test, BEP Education is currently offering opportunity for Year 2 primary school children to register and be taught by qualified teachers as from January 2018. If you are interested in registering your child, contact BEP Education or visit Barnfield HuB

Year 6 SATs

At the end of Year 6, children will sit test in: Reading, Maths, Spelling, punctuation and grammar. These tests will be both set and marked externally, and the results will be 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. Children will sit three papers in Maths. Paper 1: Arithmetic, 30 minutes, Paper 2 & 3: Reasoning, 40 minutes per paper.

Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types. E.g. Multiple choice, true or false etc.

We will be providing booster classes for children over the Easter period to ensure they are ready for these tests. You can help your child by:

  • Making sure they read every day at home.
  • Make sure they attend booster classes.
  • Make sure they complete any homework set.
  • Make sure they attend Saturday school every week.