This is another important phase in children’s education. Our Key Stage 2 curriculum continues the progressive learning journey from Key Stage 1, building strongly on the individual and collective foundations already established. Each of the four years the children spend in Key Stage 2 provides reinforcement of key skills and knowledge and opportunities to explore ideas and develop individual abilities.
In Key Stage 2 children are in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.
- Year 3 (ages 7-8)
- Year 4 (ages 8-9)
- Year 5 (ages 9-10)
- Year 6 (ages 10-11)
In Key Stage 2 the children learn the core subjects of Numeracy, Literacy and RE and access all other subjects through our Creative Curriculum and subject specific lessons. A range of different themes are used to engage children in exciting schemes of work. This makes learning fun and has helped the children make logical and meaningful links in their learning of different subject areas.
Assessments play an important role in supporting children in moving on in their learning. At English Martyrs’ School this process helps us to monitor each child’s progress and attainment so that we are aware of their strengths and areas for development. Teacher assessments are part of the on-going teaching process and occur throughout the year in a variety of formats in all year groups in Key Stage 2.
Assessments in Key Stage 2
Children are assessed based on the National Curriculum and National Curriculum levels are assigned at the end of each term for each year group. Following the assessments, teachers set challenging targets for each pupil and pupil progress is carefully tracked each term. Children’s levels of attainment are shared with parents at termly open evenings and targets for children’s future learning are discussed. Targets are shared with the children and recorded in their individual target cards.
Statutory Assessment Tests (SAT’s)
At the end of the Key Stage 2, children in Year 6 take Statutory Assessment Tests (SAT’s) in:
- English: Reading
- English: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
- Maths (Including Mental Arithmetic)
- Writing and Science are assessed by the teacher rather than formally tested.
The tests are taken in mid May and are sent away to be externally marked with the results being available to report to parents in July alongside teacher assessments.
Statutory Assessment Tests (SAT’s) are an indicator of the progress children make at primary school. They are also an indicator of how well schools are performing when compared with other schools in the local authority (LA) and in England as a whole (Nationally). Results for all primary schools are published in Performance Tables.