The only formal tests which children undertake are currently in Year 1 and Year 6.
Year 6 carry out tests in Reading and Maths - tests which are best known as SATs. This year, writing assessment will be based on the teacher assessmenst made throughout their time in Year 6. They may occasionally also be asked to do a Written or Science test as part of national monitoring of this subject. The results of these sit alongside Teacher Assessments based on the independent work children carry our throughout the year. These tests will take place during the week beginning 13th May 2013.
Year 1 will for the first time undergo a national Phonics Screening Test. We have been told that this will happen between 17th and 21st June 2013.
We do report how children do at the end of Year 2, but they do not sit 'tests'. They may do some tasks that help with the moderation of teacher assessments, but they are not the final judgement. Again these happen during May, but it is at the teacher's discretion.
Children in Years 3 to 5 do undertake some form of optional tests, but these are not a final judgement, and only provide a small part of the evidence that is used to inform our teacher assessments. Again these generally happen from mid-May to early June at the teacher's discretion. The work children produce independently during the year is much more important in helping assess how your child is progressing.
We do everything we can to make these periods as stress free as possible, and we appreciate your support in this.