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Key Stage 1 and 2

In September 2014 we had a new National Curriculum. There are no longer levels in the school and Key stage 1 and 2 follow ‘Assessment Without Levels’. Following the new National Curriculum, children are assessed against age-specific expectations for each year group throughout the year. At parent / teacher consultations you will be informed about how your child is progressing and achieving in school. It is important to realise that the progress your child makes is separate to the age-expected level they are at. We will let you know if your child is working within their current year group. Children will have targets in their books to help them see what their next steps are throughout the year.

In the end of the academic year report, we let you know how your child is working in relation to their current year group expectations.

Below are the terms you will see on your child’s report and what these mean, we will be using these terms to report to you on how your child is achieving in Maths, Reading and Writing.


What this means

Significantly below

Your child is working more than 1 year below their current National Curriculum year.


Working in the year below their current National Curriculum year.

Working Towards

Your child has achieved some elements of their current year group’s curriculum.


Working securely at the standard expected in their current national curriculum year.

Greater Depth

Full mastery of their year group’s curriculum.


National Assessments / Tests

There are national tests at the end of Key Stage 2 for pupils in Year 6. These are in Reading, Maths and SPaG. Teachers assess the children’s writing. There are national assessments in Year 2 (end of KS1), which run alongside teacher assessments. Results from these tests and assessments are shared with parents at the end of the academic year. Year 1 have a Phonic Check which looks at a child’s phonic knowledge and their ability to use phonics to read words. Results of this are reported to parents in Year 1. If a child does not pass the phonic check in Year 1 they will take it again in Year 2.

Foundation Stage

Children in the Foundation Stage have a separate curriculum. They will be assessed throughout the year against the Development Matters age bands and parents will be informed at parent / teacher consultations about how their child is progressing and what their next steps are. At the end of the Foundation Stage, children are assessed against the 17 Early Learning Goals. A report will go home to parents at the end of Foundation Stage to let parents know about their child’s progress and achievement against these Early Learning Goals.


  • Riverside Primary School and Nursery
  • St Edmund's Way, Rainham, Kent, ME8 8ET
  • E-Mail:Riverside-Office@rmet.org
  • Telephone: 01634 338700
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