Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, regrettably we are unable to invite parents into school for a tour of Berkswich CE primary and nursery. We understand that choosing the right setting for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make in your child’s learning journey. With this in mind, we hope to provide you with a range of opportunities to allow you to gain an insight into life as part of our special Berkswich community and the chance to ask questions. We certainly welcome the opportunity to support and reassure you as you organise your child’s first steps into Nursery and Reception. We are offering virtual meetings to provide an opportunity for new parents to meet our headteacher, EYFS leader and teaching staff. This will provide a great opportunity for you to ask questions and find out about our community and learning at Berkswich CE. Your child is a vital part of this process, and so we welcome them to join in with the meeting.

Reception slots

Tuesday 17th November 9am – 10:30am

Tuesday 1st December 3:30- 5:30pm

Tuesday 8th December 9am – 10:30am

Nursery slots

Tuesday 19th January 9am– 10:30am

Tuesday 2nd February 3:30—5:30pm

Tuesday 9th March 9am—10:30 am

To book your ten-minute virtual meeting on one of the following days please call the school office on 01785 337360 or send an email to

Please visit our admissions page to take a closer look at our Nursery and Reception classes, as well as our admissions arrangements. Thank you.

BerkswichCE Primary School

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Key Stage 1 (Year 2)

Key Stage One SATs ~ Year Two



All children in every Year Two class in England take part in end of Key Stage tests. Although they are taken in May, exact dates do not have to be set by the school (as they are for the end of Key Stage Two SATs). 


It is vital that the children are excited by learning and see each day as a new opportunity to improve. It is our experience that children demonstrate their best abilities when relaxed and happy; therefore, we do not refer to SATs as 'tests' or speak about them in a way that could increase stress and worry. Please rest assured that we take learning in Year Two extremely seriously, but are very aware of the need to remain relaxed and positive. 


It is the ethos of the school that we do not over-test; instead, we provide lively and engaging opportunities to maximise learning within meaningful contexts. 


Nearer the time, Mrs Maxwell will give the children the opportunity to have a go at past papers. This is to ensure that the children are familiar with the process involved and are secure with procedures in advance. 


Children will take the following papers:


  • Reading
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Maths


Writing is assessed only through teacher assessment. Mrs Maxwell will make judgements based on a wide range of your child's writing across all curriculum subject areas. This is a much fairer way to assess you child's abilities in this area.​


The DfE have produced a leaflet for parents and carers of pupils at the end of Key Stage One to tell them more about assessments; this can be downloaded below. Please click on the links below to support you in helping your children to prepare. We ask parents not to use the government's draft papers, since these may be used in school before May. 


Please remember that the SATs are just a snapshot of learning and that we will continue to learn with eagerness in Year Two throughout the Summer term and into Year Three.