For an increasing number of today’s parents and carers, the national curriculum tests are not the entirely unfamiliar concept they once were. However, after many years of familiarity, 2016 saw an overhaul of the tests to match the newly updated national curriculum. This guide helps to explain what you can expect and how you can support your children in the run-up to the tests.
About the tests
The tests take place during the first full teaching week of May each year (i.e. the week after bank Holiday Monday) and in recent years have been spread across four days.
Over the course of the week, there are three tests altogether covering the various areas of English and mathematics.
|Monday 8th May||
|Tuesday 9th May||English grammar, punctuation and spelling||
Paper 1: Question
Paper 2: Spelling Paper
|Wednesday 10th May||Mathematics||
Paper 1: Arithmetic
Paper 2: Reasoning
|Thursday 11 May||Mathematics||Paper 3: Reasoning|
NB: Some selected schools may also take part in science tests you will be informed if this applies to your child