Compulsory SAT tests are carried out every year in school with children in Year 2 and Year 6. In addition to this children in Year 1 take a phonics reading test in June. This test is a series of words – proper and nonsense words which children are asked to read using their phonic knowledge. If a child in Year 1 does not get the required number of words right to pass the test they are able to resit it in Year 2.
SAT tests for Year 2 children are taken in Reading, Writing and Maths and are done in May. Teachers use their professional judgement based on work done during the year to assess the level at which each child is working. This judgement is then confirmed by a test usually done in May. The results are submitted to the local authority and to parents via end of year reports and parent/teacher
Year 4 multiplication tables check
In June 2019, Year 4 trialled a new Year 4 multiplication tables check, which was trialled across the UK, becoming statutory in 2020. With the success of the children using Times Tables Rock stars, we decided to take part in the 2019 voluntary trial, your child took a short online test to make sure their times tables knowledge is at the expected level.
We’ve gathered together everything you might want to know about the times tables check, including what it involves and when it will take place.
What is the Year 4 multiplication tables check?
The multiplication tables check is an online test for pupils in Year 4. Pupils are asked to answer 25 questions on times tables from two to 12. They are given six seconds per question, with three seconds rest between each question, so the test should last less than five minutes. It is very similar to the set-up of Times Tables Rock stars.
Questions about the six, seven, eight, nine, and 12 times tables are likely to come up most often, as these are the hardest for most children to learn. It’s a good idea to focus on these tricky times tables with your child.
First and foremost, the check is about finding out which children are struggling with their times tables so that they can get extra support. It is not a judgement on what your child can do, but a way for the school to know how their teaching is going and to adjust their focus if needed.
When is the check going to happen?
The next trial of the times tables check, open to all schools that want to take part, will take place between 10–28th June 2019. Our school participated in the trial and if your child is in Year 4, then they took the test.
By June 2020, every school will be required to take part in the check by law.
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check (Year 1 pupils)
We are required to administer a phonics screening check to children in Year 1.
The 2019 check took place during the week beginning Monday 10th June 2019.
The 2020 check will take place during the week beginning Monday 8th June 2020.
Key Stage 1 Assessment (Year 2 pupils)
Key Stage 1 SATs are used to test children’s knowledge and understanding of English and mathematics in Key Stage 1. They provide a snapshot of children’s attainment and help Year 2 teachers arrive at a secure judgement for their final ‘teacher assessment’ at the end of Key Stage 1. Key Stage 1 SATs take place in May at Nettlesworth Primary School.
In Year 6, before children leave us to move to Secondary school they undertake tests in Reading Comprehension, Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (SPAG) and Numeracy. These tests are set by the Department for Education and must be taken in a particular week in May. All maintained schools in the country take the same test on the same day. This year SAT week begins on Monday 11th May and the timetable of when each test happens is below.
Key Stage 2 Assessment (Year 6 pupils)
Schools are required to administer the following tests: English Reading; English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (new from 2013); and Mathematics. Schools selected for science sampling will need to be available to administer the tests within the 2 week period from Monday 8th June 2020.
The 2020 end of Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests will be held in the week beginning Monday 11th May 2020.
Monday 11th: English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2
Tuesday 12th: English reading
Wednesday 13th: Mathematics papers 1 and 2
Thursday 14th: Mathematics paper 3
The 2021 end of Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests will be held in the week beginning Monday 10th May 2021.
Please find Year 6 KS2 SATS 2019 Information Evening Powerpoint below.
The papers from the Year 6 tests are marked externally and results published by the Department for Education in early July. Parents and children will be made aware of these as soon as they are released to us.
How you can help
- Try to talk to your child ahead of the test week and reassure them – re-iterating the message that they just need to try their best and not worry.
- Make sure that they have a reasonably early night during SAT week. They will feel under a degree of stress so try to be patient.
- Ensure that they have a healthy breakfast before coming to school. Once in school we provide milk, juice or fruit prior to the tests starting to those children who want it.
- Once home ask your child how the day went and what they think they did well.
Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check
Schools will administer the firstYear 4 Multiplication Tables Check within the 3 week period from Monday 8th June 2020