To help year 6 teachers with their curriculum planning and year 7 teachers as they support the transition of pupils to secondary school, we have scrutinised the data and the papers from the 2017, 2018 and 2019 KS2 national curriculum tests for reading and maths, and combined these findings with some of the key diagnostic points from our own year 6 NFER Tests.
With the national curriculum tests being cancelled this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, these guides provide some useful trends in performance of year 6 pupils that may be useful to teachers in lieu of the national tests for the 2020 cohort. These handy guides may be helpful for year 6 teachers planning for the summer term, and for year 7 teachers preparing for a unique transition to secondary school.
Based upon the proportion of pupils successfully answering different questions; attaining multiple marks where they were available; or choosing not to attempt particular questions, the result is these easy to refer to summaries. In the documents you will see which skills have generally been well-embedded by the end of primary education (Pupils can…); which tend to be a work-in-progress (Pupils find it harder to…); and which require more substantial focus and teaching (Pupils find it hardest to…).
Please note these guides were produced prior to the Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent school closures, and therefore contain references to curriculum planning ahead of the national tests in the summer term.
To complement these free summaries, find our series of short-read articles below. Each covers a different set of discrete skills or specific challenges, building up a comprehensive analysis of where pupils’ strengths and weaknesses lie. Featuring illustrative examples from previous years’ national curriculum tests and further diagnostic information from our own suite of NFER Tests for year 6, these articles offer a succinct and focused synopsis to assist teachers in targeting their teaching appropriately whilst continuing to offer a rich and varied curriculum.
Explore the NFER Assessment Hub for further free resources and guidance on assessment in schools.