The national curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘key stages’ (KS). At the end of each key stage, your child’s teacher will formally assess their performance to measure your child’s progress.
|Age||Year||Key stage||Assessment||Average level of attainment|
|5-6||Year 1||KS1||Phonics screening check|
|6-7||Year 2||KS1||Teacher assessments in English, maths and science||2|
|10-11||Year 6||KS2||National tests and teacher assessments in English, maths and science||4|
Tests and assessments
Year 1 phonics screening check
The check will take place in June when your child will read 40 words out loud to a teacher. You’ll find out how your child did, and their teacher will assess whether he or she needs extra help with reading.
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 1 tests cover:
The tests are taken when the school chooses. You’ll get the results but they’re only used to help the teacher assess your child’s work.
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 2 tests cover:
- English reading
- English grammar, punctuation and spelling
- maths (including mental arithmetic)
- science (only schools selected to participate in a national sample)
The tests are taken on set days in mid-May and last under 5.5 hours. You’ll get the results of these tests