SATs and public examinations timetable 2019
Academic Testing Policy
Year 6 SATs - End of Key Stage II SATs
These take place across four days in May of Year 6 (see the timetable above).
The results of all statutory assessments are published but the outcomes of the Key Stage II SATs are used in the primary league tables and are also used by Ofsted as the main indicator of school performance.
The children have a spelling and a grammar paper, a reading paper and three mathematics papers (arithmetic and two reasoning papers).
Preparation is included in the curriculum and the children receive interventions throughout the academic year but in the spring term of Year 6, preparation intensifies.
Parent sessions are held to inform parents of the process and share resources and tips on how best to support students through their SATs.
Whilst secondary schools rarely use the SATs results as the basis for setting in Year 7 upwards, they will set their own tests either during the induction period or in the first term of Year 7. The results of these tests will determine sets for English and Maths. Therefore, it is crucial for the students to study as hard as they can and do as well as they can
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check
This takes place in June of Year 1. Each child is assessed individually by the class teacher. They are given a selection of words to read which are made up of the first five phases of sounds and combinations of sounds that we use to decode words. Click on the link to view an example of the test.
The children can either sight read or sound out and synthesise each word. The videos below give examples.
Year 2 SATs - End of Key Stage I SATs
At Vange Primary School, these take place in May of Year 2, alongside the rest of the school tests. Some schools carry these out before May but they must be done before mid-June.
The children will have a reading paper, a mathematics paper and an optional test on grammar, punctuation and spelling. The school is only required to publish data on the reading and mathematics tests.
Your child's class teacher will answer any questions you have regarding the tests. Additional homework may be given and an invitation extended to your child to attend additional booster classes after school during the spring and early summer terms.
Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check (from 2020 with a pilot in 2019)
The check will be available over a 3 week window in June of Year 4 each year.
The MTC will be administered as an online, on-screen assessment. Schools can choose to administer the check at any time within this window.
The assessment will consist of multiple, test forms that all follow the same format and each pupil will be randomly assigned one of the available forms. If, for any reason, a pupil needs to restart the check, they will be randomly assigned a different form. This means that no two children have the same test form.
Each form consists of 25 questions worth one mark each. Items are not ordered according to difficulty.
Questions will all follow the same format:
first number × second number =
Pupils will have 6 seconds to enter a response to the question. The 6 seconds start as soon as the question appears. Pupils will be able to input their response using the computer keyboard, a mouse (or equivalent) and the on-screen number pad, or a touchscreen device and the on-screen number pad.
Once the pupil has input their answer, they can press enter to proceed, or wait until the time expires. Once the question is answered, there will be a 3 second pause before the next question appears.
Pupils and schools will be able to access a practice area prior to the check window opening, in order to become familiar with the MTC format.