SATs – Year 6 and Year 2

Many of you will know that during May our Year 2 and Year 6 children complete national statutory assessments designed to assess each child’s current attainment and progress in school. Year 6 children complete a series of timed tests over four days in the week beginning the 14th May. The children in Year 2 complete assessment activities at different times throughout the month of May that assist the class teacher in making judgements about how well each child is performing. Both Mrs Whetton and Mr Banner are happy to discuss the details and arrangements for these tests if any parents have any questions about how they will work.

Our main aim in school is to keep the tests and activities as low key as possible, and to support the children in performing as well as they can in each activity. Many of the Year 2 children will have no idea that they are completing an assessment activity as Mr Banner will use the materials as part of the daily teaching and learning that takes place in Year 2. Year 6 children will inevitably understand that they are completing test activities but the team in school are working incredibly hard to reduce any concerns that children may have and equipping them with the knowledge and necessary approach they need to perform at their best. At the end of the day, the tests are just a ‘snap shot’ indication of how children are getting on and nothing for children to worry about.

The Department for Education has published the following guidance to help parents understand the purpose of the tests. They have also filmed 2 short videos to help explain more.

Information for parents: 2018 national curriculum tests at the end of key stages 1 and 2 (For children in Year 2 and Year 6)

Information for schools and parents: videos.