Christopher Hatton Primary School

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Assessments at primary Schools are changing

It's all change for the Primary National Curriculum and this includes how children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 will be assessed.

Until now, children were usually assessed by the teacher when they entered Primary School. At the end of Year 1, they had the Phonics Screening Test. At the end of Year 2 and Year 6, children were required to complete SATs, this was a combination of teacher assessment and formal tests.

How are assessments changing?

The main change is that children will no longer be assessed against, and given a National Curriculum level.  Many parents will be familiar with the old level system that started at level 1 and went up to level 5/6 at Primary School.  Children achieving a level 2b (by the end of Year 2) and a level 4 or above (by the end of Year 6) were considered to be on track and making good progress. This levels system has now been discarded.

Schools are now required to develop their own assessment systems to track the progress children in their school are making.  New assessments need to take into account the more challenging, new National Curriculum.  

Assessment at Christopher Hatton

At Christopher Hatton we have taken a lead role in the borough’s development of a new assessment system. The learning objectives in the revised curriculum for each year group form the basis of our tracking system; teachers continually assess children against these expectations, using their findings to plan for progression. Termly progress meetings are used to moderate teacher judgements, to check children are making good progress and to inform the support we give. Within school we centrally track of the progress each child makes. This is updated at least termly and is based on progress towards end of year expectations. We analyse the data each term to ensure children are being supported to reach high standards.

Ongoing teacher led assessments are central to our practice and will continue. Assessment takes many forms: marking, questioning, work scrutiny, observations and short tests. This kind of ongoing assessment is vital at school, as it helps the teacher plan what each child needs to learn next.

Attainment of the national curriculum standards and the level of progress made is reported to parents in termly meetings and in the end of year written report. In addition to commenting on progress and attitudes reports will indicate attainment against expected standards using the following categories:

Emerging – working significantly below the end of year expectation

Working Towards – not yet meeting the end of year expectation

Meeting Expectations – working at the expected end of year expectation

Working at greater depth – Demonstrating deeper understanding (mastery) of the learning objectives. This is unlike old levels in that children do not move onto new content, rather they achieve a deeper understanding through problem solving and applying their knowledge in a wider range of contexts.


National Assessments from 2016


Children will be given a short baseline assessment within the first few weeks of starting Reception class, completed by the teacher, to find the individual child's starting point. The use of externally produced baseline tests becomes compulsory in schools from September 2017

End of year 1

Children take an externally set Phonics Screening Test in June. Children will also be assessed on a regular basis using teacher assessment; you will be informed whether your child has met the required standard in phonics. If they have not met the expected level they will be retested in Y2.

End of Key Stage 1

In May, Year 2 children will be assessed using externally set tests; these will be marked internally by the teacher. The tests cover mathematics, reading and writing. This year there will be a new externally set spelling, punctuation and grammar test, which will be part of the writing assessment. The tests have been changed to reflect the more demanding content of the revised curriculum. Instead of a level, children will be given a scaled score which will be out of 100, where 100 is the standard for that stage.

End of Key Stage 2

Children will sit National Tests in May; these cover mathematics, reading and grammar, spelling and punctuation. Writing assessments continue to be based on ongoing teacher assessment; moderated locally.  The tests will be externally set and externally marked. The format and level of challenge has changed. There will no longer be a separate Level 6 paper. Children will no longer be given a level instead their raw scores in the tests are converted to a scaled score. The scaled score will be out of 100, where 100 is the standard for that stage.

Want to know more?

Talk to your child’s teacher

Look at your child’s books

Attend parent meetings

Parents of children taking external tests will be invited to a meeting in which we can show example papers, give advice on how to support your child and explain how the exam period works.

Useful documents

Chris Hatton Assessment Policy

Key Stage 1 Assessment Framework

Key Stage 2 Assessment Framework

Parent's guide to the New National Curriculum

Key Stage 1 Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation samples

Key Stage 1 Reading samples