Assessment at St Joseph’s

Key Dates

Key Stage 2 SATs will take place week commencing 14th May 2018.

Monday 14th – English grammar, punctuation and spelling
Tuesday 15th – English reading
Wednesday 16th – Maths papers 1 and 2
Thursday 17th – Maths paper 3

Key Stage 1 SATs will take place during the summer term.


The Curriculum

As of September 2014, all children in years 1 to 6 have been working from the new National Curriculum.  The Curriculum has significantly raised expectations across the year groups, and has a far greater emphasis on children developing a deeper understanding of their learning, within age related expectations, rather than moving onto expectations from the year group above.


What has changed with relation to assessment since 2015?

As part of the DfE reforms to the National Curriculum, the system of ‘levels’ which were used to report children’s attainment and progress, has been removed. The new Programmes Of Study in the Curriculum set out what should be taught by the end of each key stage. Schools have been given the freedom to develop an assessment system that will track progress, as well as show where the children are in relation to end of year age related expectations.


How we assess at St Joseph’s?

At St Joseph’s we are using both formative and summative assessments in order to establish how your child is developing as a learner.  During Parents’ Evenings, we will discuss their development and how they are progressing towards end of year expectations. We use the following terms to describe how your child is learning and the progress they are making:

On Track – your child is demonstrating and applying age related expectations independently.
Greater Depth – your child is demonstrating and applying age related expectations at a greater depth, across a range of curriculum areas, independently.
Working Below – your child is demonstrating and applying age related expectations with support.
Working Outside – your child is demonstrating and applying age related expectations of a year group below the one they are working in.


  • What is formative assessment?

Formative assessment is the day-to-day assessing that the teacher and teaching assistant do in class.  A number of strategies are used which include questioning, discussions, guided work, marking work in books and homework.

  • What is summative assessment?

Summative assessments are the formal tests that may be done at the end of a unit of work, at the end of a half term or at the end of a term.  The scores from these are then used alongside the formative assessments to determine how your child is progressing as a learner. We currently do summative assessments at the end of each term.


Letter to parents about the changes to assessment (2015)


Maths Expectations – Years 1 – 6

Writing Expectations – Years 1 – 6

Reading Expectations Years 1 – 6