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:
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.