KS1 and KS2 National Test Information

Please find attached a link to explain the process for the KS1 and KS2 National Tests.


At St Joseph’s we teach phonics using Read Write Inc, developed by Ruth Miskin.  We believe this provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching English. It is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.  Each Read Write Inc. programme meets the higher expectations of the National Curriculum and uses effective assessment to accelerate every child’s progress and prepare them for the National Curriculum Tests.  This approach is used predominantly in EYFS- KS1.


In KS1, we use Oxford Trading Tree books that have synthetic phonics at the heart.  Each band is levelled so children are reading at their own level.  In KS2, we follow a reading scheme called TreeTops.  This encourages all children to read for pleasure and choose from the biggest collection of quality books.  The aims of this scheme are to make all children confident and choose books that they want to read.  Each book is matched to the individual child’s ability.  In guided reading we use Project X to further develop our love of reading.  All children are encouraged to read at home for at least 10 minutes.

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