reading, writing and maths Age Related Expectations
As you may be aware we have been working with a changed curriculum since September 2014. ALL year groups including Year 2 and 6 are tested under the new framework. The level at which the children are expected to work by the end of each year has significantly increased in all areas of the curriculum. We have devised a set of booklets that are given out at our Learning Review Meetings in October to help families with the expectations the children are required to reach by the end of that year. The booklets are handed out again at Learning Review Meetings in February with objectives highlighted for each subject for parents and carers to work on with their child at home before end of year assessments in June. The Government have also made it very clear that all the objectives have to be met in all areas to assess a child is working at age related expectations.
Please see the appropriate year group booklets in the blue boxes on the left hand side for Year 1 to Year 6.
Phonics Screening - Year 1
In Year 1 the children will sit a phonics screening test in June, this will assess whether a child has a secure knowledge of phonics and reading. The test involves reading a series of 40 words. The results are sent to the Government, and a pass mark is then established along with a National Average. The results of the phonics test have to be reported to families in the child’s end of year report. Any child not passing the test will have to resit the test in Year 2. At Morley Victoria those who do not pass the screening at the end of Year 2 are also retested at the end of Year 3. This gives us a good understanding and evidence of the impact of spelling and phonics teaching in Year 3.
Year 2 SATs
In Year 2 the children will sit their SATs tests in May (in reading, SPaG and maths) , although we call them ‘quizzes’ with the children. The results of these tests currently are used in conjunction with ongoing teacher assessments. The teacher will then make a judgement about whether a child is working below within standards 1-6, working towards, working at or working at greater depth within the year group expectations. These results will then be submitted to the authority and reported to parents and carers in the child’s end of year report.
Multiplication Test - Year 4
In Year 4 the children have to sit a multiplication test in June. This consists of 25 multiplication questions which are answered on a screen. The children have 6 seconds in which to answer the question before it moves on to the next. The test is carried out in June and the results are given to the school shortly after the test window has passed.
Year 6 SATs
In Year 6 the children sit their SATs tests (in reading, SPaG and maths) in May. These tests are carried out in ‘exam’ conditions and sent off to be externally marked and results come into school in early July. The results of these tests are then reported to families in the end of year report. We also have to submit teacher assessments in writing to the Local Authority; these assessments will hopefully closely match the child’s SATs results.
At any time, representatives from the Local Authority can come to school to ensure that the quizzes and tests are administered in the correct way. The school is also included in the Local Authority Moderation process for EYFS and KS1 - a representative will come to school and work alongside the class teachers to determine whether the correct level has been awarded. We find this a very useful process for Continuing Professional Development.