Key Stages 1 and 2 span Years 1 through to 6, and represent the foundation of a child’s learning. As a guide, if your child is aged 5-7 (in Years 1 & 2), they’ll be at Key Stage 1. If they are aged 7-11 (Years 3 to 6), they will be at Key Stage 2.
HOW ARE THEY ASSESSED?
Your child will be be formally assessed at various stages during their journey through Key Stages 1 and 2:
- At the end of Year 1, children are given a phonics screening check in which they are asked to read 40 words out loud to a teacher. For children who don’t do well enough, this phonics check is repeated in Year 2.
- At the end of Year 2, children sit tests covering Maths, English reading, English grammar, punctuation and spelling.
- At the end of Year 6, your child will undergo national tests covering similar areas to those tested at the end of Key Stage 1 – Maths, English reading, English grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Students are expected to reach certain levels at each Key Stage test. The levels are:
- Level W – Working towards level 1, very weak
- Level 1 – Average for a typical 5 year old
- Level 2 – Average for a typical 7 year old
- Level 3 – Average for a typical 9 year old
- Level 4 – Average for a typical 11 year old
- Level 5 – Average for a typical 13 year old
- Level 6 – Average for a typical 14 year old
- Level 7 – Above average for typical 14 year old
By way of example, at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) students are expected to be at level 2. At the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6), students are expected to be at level 4.
At The Tutorial Centre, we believe children at this level benefit from an approach that inculcates a love of learning and develops confidence. Our Key Stage 1 & 2 teachers are experienced in delivering an educational experience that is fun yet rigorous. They are keen to develop confidence in children so they are unfazed by the formal assessment process and are able to perform to the best of their abilities.