When they start school, children take a short ‘Baseline Assessment’, which tests their maths and communication skills. It’s used as a starting point to measure the performance of the school, not your child — so it’s certainly nothing to worry about!
Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
- In Year 1 pupils take a ‘Phonics Screening Check’, which checks whether they know their letters and sounds.
- At the end of Year 2 pupils sit some tests in English and Maths called ‘Key Stage 1 SATs’. However, from 2023 schools are no longer required to administer these tests, so your child may not need to take them.
Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6)
- At the end of Year 4 children do a ‘Times Table Check’ — to make sure they know that nine eights are seventy-two.
- In Year 6, children take tests in English and Maths called ‘Key Stage 2 SATs’. And if your child is trying to get into a selective secondary school, they may also take the 11+ in Year 6.
And then it’s a teary farewell to Primary — and off they go to secondary school!