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Dundonald Primary

At Dundonald, we are committed to ensuring that all children achieve to the best of their ability.

Children are expected to make good progress, and many make better than expected progress across the year. By providing enriched, innovative learning experiences, we aim to help children at Dundonald develop as independent learners, who embrace challenge in order to succeed.

We recognise that children learn in a variety of ways and teaching across the school is reflective of this. We also uphold and support the emotional development of all of our children as we recognise the link between feeling safe and secure and good achievement.

Reception Baseline Assessment (EYFS)

In line with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years (September 2021), Early years staff at Dundonald Primary School administer the Reception baseline Assessment (RBA) at the beginning of the Reception year and then complete the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) at the end of the Reception year.

The Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) is a short assessment, taken in the first six weeks in which a child starts Reception.  

In the final term of the year in which the child reaches the age of five, and no later than 30th June in that term, the EYFS profile must be completed for each child. The profile provides parents/carers, practitioners and teachers with a well rounded picture of a child's knowledge, understanding and abilities, their attainment against expected levels, and their readiness for Year 1. The profile must reflect practitioners' own knowledge and professional judgement of a child to inform discussions with parents and carers, and any other adults whom the teacher, parent or carer judges can offer a useful contribution. Each child is assessed against early learning goals, indicating whether they are:

  • Meeting expected levels of development (expected)
  • Not yet reaching expected levels (emerging)

See the Early Years Foundation Stage Policy for information on observation and formative assessment in Dundonald EYFS.

KS1 Phonics Screening

Children take part in a Phonics Screening check during the summer term of Year 1. If a child does not achieve the pass mark for working at required standards, they are given a second opportunity to re-take the Phonics test in Year 2.

In 2023 the phonics screening will take place in the week commencing 12th June. 

Please click here to find out more about Reading & Phonics.

National Curriculum Assessment (SATs)

National Curriculum Assessments are statutory and are carried out at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2 in Years 2 & 6. At both key stages the process includes a combination of tests and teacher assessment judgements.


The following content is from the GOV.UK website:

Your child's teacher is responsible for judging the standards your child is working at in English reading, English writing, mathematics and science, by the end of key stage 1. To help inform those judgements, pupils sit national curriculum tests in English and mathematics, commonly called SATs. They may sit an optional test in English grammar, punctuation and spelling.

The tests are a tool for teachers to help them measure your child's performance and identify their needs as they move into key stage 2. They also allow teachers to see how your child is performing against national expected standards.

The tests can be taken any time during May and they are not strictly timed. Pupils may not even know they are taking them as many teachers will incorporate them into everyday classroom activities.

The key stage 1 tests will be administered during May 2023

Standards and Testing Agency KS1 SATs Information Video 

Subject KS1 Test Paper
English Reading Short text and questions and long text and questions
Mathematics Arithmetic and mathematical reasoning
English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (optional test) Spelling and punctuation and grammar (including vocabulary)

Teachers will use the results from the tests, along with the work the child has done throughout the year, to help them reach their own judgements about how the child is progressing at the end of key stage 1. These teacher assessment judgements will be reported to parents/carers by the end of the summer term. 


The following content is from the GOV.UK website:

At the end of key stage 2/Year 6, children will take national curriculum tests in English grammar, punctuation and spelling, English reading and mathematics.

The tests help to measure the progress pupils have made and identify if they need additional support in a certain area. The tests are also used to assess school's performance and to produce national performance data.

The key stage 2 tests will be taken on set dates unless a child is absent, in which case they may be able to take them up to 5 school days afterwards.

Standards and Testing Agency KS2 SATs Information Video

The Key Stage 2 tests are timetabled from Tuesday 9 May to Friday 12 May 2023


Subject Test Paper
Tuesday 9th May English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling  Punctuation and Grammar (including Vocabulary) and Spelling
Wednesday 10th May English Reading English Reading
Thursday 11th May Mathematics Paper 1 and 2
Friday 12th May Mathematics Paper 3

At the end of the summer term parents/carers will receive test results for:

  • English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
  • English Reading
  • Mathematics

As there is no test for English writing, this will be reported as a teacher assessment judgement. This is a judgement teachers will make, based on a child's work at the end of key stage 2. Parents/carers will also receive a teacher assessment judgement for science.

Dundonald Primary School is an inclusive school with children from a variety of backgrounds and special needs and our excellent results, which continue to be significantly above national averages, are a tribute to the hard work of the children and staff.

Please click here for our KS1/KS2 SATs results.

For further information about School Performance Tables please refer to the Department for Education’s (DfE) website:

Multiplication Tables Check (Year 4)

The multiplication tables check (MTC) is statutory for primary schools in the 2022/23 academic year.

The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.

Schools have a 3-week check window in June to administer the MTC; in 2023 this window starts on Monday 5th June. Teachers will have the flexibility to administer the check to individual pupils, small groups or a whole class at the same time.

We expect to receive further guidance in spring term 2023 and will share information accordingly.


 Please note, this video was filmed before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.