As we started a new National Curriculum in September 2014 we need to have a new assessment system that supports it because the expectations for children in different year groups have changed. The old system of levels (2b, 3a etc) no longer fits the curriculum.
Schools are now able to choose and create their own assessment systems. We, in Oasis Academy Ryelands, have worked together with other Oasis Academies in our region to develop our own system in line with the new National Curriculum. Our new system will give you information about your child’s attainment linked to the end of year expectations for each Year Group.
Teachers will continue to assess your child regularly, linked to the new end of year objectives, by building up a picture of their strengths and areas of development. This information will then be used to plan next steps for your child’s learning in order for them to achieve their full potential. More information will be available from your child’s class teacher over the course of the year. Teachers use a range of methods for assessing pupils' progress. These include formative assessment and summative assessment including scaled score checks.
If your child is working at a level outside their actual Year Group, this will be reflected in the attainment band they will be given. If your child is achieving well within their Year Group and understands all the expected objectives we will be encouraging more in-depth and investigative work. This will allow a greater mastery before moving them on to the next Year Group’s objectives.
Understanding Primary Assessment
If you have a child in Year 2 or Year 6 they will be taking they national curriculum tests; the SATs. They are designed to provide information about how your child is progressing when compared to national averages.
It is important to note that they are not qualifications and do not affect your child's future options in school, but that the results are used to help teachers pitch their lessons at the appropriate level for their classes, with a view to helping children reach their full potential.
In Year 2, two new tests were introduced in 2016: An arithmetic test to check mathematic ability, and an optional test of grammar punctuation and spelling which schools may choose to administer.
In Year 6, the main changes to tests in 2016 were: The inclusion of questions to assess new areas of core national curriculum subjects and a new arithmetic test to check your child is progressing with basic mathematic fundamentals.
- A scaled score of 100 is the expected standard for KS2 SATs
- In 2019 the average scaled score was 103 in reading, 103 in maths and 101 in grammar, punctuation and spelling