Snydale Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S72 8JR

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Churchfield Primary School

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National Tests (SATs) & Assessments

We use a range of both formative and summative assessments in order to account for the individuality of each of our pupils. Teachers use a range of methods, underpinned by their in depth knowledge and relationship with each pupil, to create an accurate picture of the whole child. We currently use a bespoke assessment tool, designed in-house to assess our pupils, backed up by termly standardised tests and half-termly progress meetings. We also recognise  that not all progress can be measured by a number or term, particularly in the case of pupils with complex needs. We ensure all progress is communicated to parents, and that all forms of progress are important.


Test Format

Maths Paper 1 - Arithmetic (30 mins)

Maths Paper 2 - Reasoning (40 mins)

Maths Paper 3 - Reasoning (40 mins)

Reading Paper 1 - Reading Booklet (1 Hour)

GPS Paper 1 - Spelling (15 mins)

GPS Paper 2 - Short Answer Questions (45 mins)

National Tests have been suspended for 2020-21 due to COVID19 school closures

KS2 SATS Standards/ Results

As you may have heard at Parent's Evening or in the national news, numerical levels are no longer in use in primary schools. These have been replaced by a new system based on age-related expectations, where schools are free to develop their own schemes or purchase ready-made schemes. For example, a child at the end of Year 6 would be expected to be working within the age-related expectations for the end of KS2. However, some gifted and talented pupils may show that they are working above the age related expectations for their age (greater depth).

In SATs, pupils will receive a 'raw' score , that will then be converted to a 'scaled score' to show where they are in comparison to other pupils nationally, and if they have reached the standard that has been deemed appropriate for their age.  

Scaled Score of 80 - 99: Has not met the expected standard

Scaled Score of 100 - 109: Has met the expected standard

Scaled Score of 110* or higher: Has met the higher standard

*Subject to change each year

We hold a number of SATs information nights over the year, if you would like more information please see Mr Bean. 

More information from the DFE is available below. 

DFE Information for Parents

KS1 (Y2) SATs

Year 2 pupils will take part in a Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling Test, Maths test and Reading test.

The KS1 tests have no set date, but must be carried out during May. The exact date will be communicated to parents nearer the time of the tests. 

Maths - Paper 1 Arithmetic , Paper 2 Problem Solving 

Reading - Paper 1 Short Text, Paper 2 Longer Text

GPS - Paper 1 Spelling, Paper 2 Short Answer Test

Y4 Multiplication Tables Check (MTP)

Monday 8th June 2020 - Monday 29th June 2020

By the end of Y4, the majority of pupils are expected to know their times tables up to 12 x 12. June 2020 will be the first time this test has been carried out. 

Children will be tested using an on-screen check (on a computer or a tablet), where they will have to answer multiplication questions against the clock. The test will last no longer than 5 minutes and children will have 6 seconds to answer each question in a series of 25. Each question will be worth one mark and be presented to the child in this format:

n1 x n2 = ____ 

Questions will be selected from the 121 number facts that make up the multiplication tables from 2 to 12, with a particular focus on the 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 times tables as they are considered to be the most challenging. Each question will only appear once in any 25-question series, and children won't be asked to answer reversals of a question as part of the check (so if they've already answered 3 x 4 they won't be asked about 4 x 3). Once the child has inputted their answer on the computer / device they are using, there will be a three-second pause before the next question appears.

Y1 Phonics Screening Check/ Y2 Phonics Screen Resit

w/c Monday 8th June 2020

The checks consist of 40 words and non-words that children will be asked to read one-on-one with a teacher. Non-words (or nonsense words, or pseudo words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules that children have been taught, but don’t mean anything – pupils will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them.

The 40 words and non-words are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters. The teacher administering the check with pupils will give them a few practice words to read first – including some non-words – so they understand more about what they have to do. Each of the non-words is presented with a picture of a monster / alien so that pupils do not think the word is a mistake because it doesn't make sense. 

Any pupils that do not meet the expected standard in the Y1 Phonics Screening Check will have the opportunity to resit it in the following academic year (Y2).