Primary curriculum, key stage 1

Teaching and assessing the primary curriculum at key stage 1, primary school performance data, phonics.

General information and guidance

  1. ISSP primary curriculum project application form

    Application form for schools to propose new independent/state school partnerships (ISSPs) for specific subject teaching at primary level.

  2. National curriculum and assessment: information for schools

    Information for schools on changes to the national curriculum from September 2014.

  3. National curriculum in England: primary curriculum

    The national curriculum primary programmes of study and attainment targets for key stages 1 and 2.

  4. National curriculum: video interviews for schools

    Video interviews on the new national curriculum and how it can be taught in schools.

Maths (key stage 1)

Programme of study and research.

  1. National curriculum in England: mathematics programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for mathematics at key stages 1 to 4.

Phonics

Teaching and assessing phonics, phonics performance data.

  1. Letters and sounds

    Materials that concentrate on activities to promote speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending.

  2. Letters and sounds: principles and practice of high quality phonics

    Phase 1 of a 6-phase teaching programme to help practitioners and teachers teach children how the alphabet works for reading and spelling.

  3. National curriculum assessments: practice materials

    Practice materials for the phonics screening check, key stage 1 and key stage 2 national curriculum tests, including sample papers and past test papers.

  4. NCA tools website

    Information for teachers and local authorities about how to manage NCA tools passwords and users.

  5. Phonics screening check: 2017 materials

    Scoring guidance, pupils' materials and answer sheet for the 2017 phonics screening check.

  6. Phonics screening check: administration

    Check administration guidance (CAG) for headteachers and teachers administering and scoring the phonics screening check.

  7. Phonics screening check: monitoring visits guidance and form

    Guidance for phonics screening check monitoring visits, including the monitoring visit form and instructions for completing it.

  8. Phonics screening check: research

    Documents on the evaluation of the phonics screening check.

  9. Phonics screening check: responding to the results

    Guidance for teachers after the phonics screening check.

  10. Phonics screening check: technical reports

    Reports providing analysis of the phonics screening check following administration in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

  11. Phonics: choosing a programme

    Documents to help schools choose a phonics teaching programme.

  12. Teaching phonics: information for schools

    Documents on effective phonics teaching strategies.

Programmes of study (key stage 1)

National curriculum framework, attainment targets.

  1. Citizenship programmes of study for key stages 1 and 2

    Guidance about teaching citizenship in England.

  2. National curriculum in England: art and design programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for art and design at key stages 1 to 3.

  3. National curriculum in England: computing programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for computing at key stages 1 to 4.

  4. National curriculum in England: design and technology programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for design and technology at key stages 1 to 3.

  5. National curriculum in England: English programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for English at key stages 1 to 4.

  6. National curriculum in England: framework for key stages 1 to 4

    The full national curriculum framework for key stages 1 to 4, including programmes of study and attainment targets.

  7. National curriculum in England: geography programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for geography at key stages 1 to 3.

  8. National curriculum in England: history programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for history for key stages 1 to 3.

  9. National curriculum in England: music programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for music at key stages 1 to 3.

  10. National curriculum in England: PE programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for physical education (PE) at key stages 1 to 4.

Science (key stage 1)

Programme of study and research.

  1. National curriculum in England: science programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for science at key stages 1 to 4.

Tests and assessments (key stage 1)

Key dates, sample and test materials, administration, moderation, assessing and reporting, statistics, frameworks.

  1. 2016 assessment and reporting arrangements: PDF format versions

    PDF format versions of the 2016 assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA)

  2. 2016 key stage 1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test: sample questions, mark scheme and commentary

    Information to help teachers prepare for the new tests of the new national curriculum.

  3. 2016 key stage 1 English reading test: sample questions, mark scheme and commentary

    Information to help teachers prepare for the new tests of the new national curriculum.

  4. 2016 key stage 1 mathematics test: sample questions, mark scheme and commentary

    Information to help teachers prepare for the new tests of the new national curriculum.

  5. 2016 Key stage 1: assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA)

    Statutory guidance for headteachers and local authority assessment co-ordinators assessing and reporting the national curriculum for 2015 to 2016.

  6. 2016 national curriculum tests for key stages 1 and 2: information for parents

    Information about the 2016 national curriculum tests (often referred to as SATS)

  7. 2017 national curriculum tests for key stages 1 and 2: information for parents

    Information leaflet and videos about the 2017 national curriculum tests (often referred to as SATs)

  8. Clarification: key stage 1 and 2 teacher assessment and moderation guidance

    Clarification about changes to 2016 key stage 1 and key stage 2 tests, teacher assessments and local authority moderation

  9. Information for parents: 2016 national curriculum test results at the end of key stage 1

    Information about the 2016 key stage 1 national curriculum tests (often referred to as SATs).

  10. Interim frameworks for teacher assessment at the end of key stage 1 in 2016

    Statutory interim frameworks to support teachers in making an assessment judgement for each pupil at the end of key stage 1 in 2016 only.

  11. Introduction of statutory participation in trialling of national curriculum tests from 2016

    Information about the requirement of selected schools to participate in statutory national curriculum test trials from 2016

  12. Key stage 1 and 2: prepare for the mathematics tests

    Guidance for teachers about how to prepare for the national curriculum mathematics tests.

  13. Key stage 1 assessments data collection: closed collections

    Documents for software suppliers and anyone else interested in past key stage 1 (KS1) assessments data collections.

  14. Key stage 1 teacher assessment

    Information for schools about calculating and submitting teacher assessment data.

  15. Key stage 1 tests: how to use access arrangements

    Guidance for teachers and headteachers about access arrangements for pupils to participate in the 2017 key stage 1 national curriculum tests.

  16. Key stage 1 tests: modified test administration guidance (MTAG)

    Guidance for administering the 2017 national curriculum tests to pupils with hearing or visual impairments.

  17. Key stage 1 tests: standard setting

    Information for schools about the standard setting process for key stage 1 national curriculum tests in 2016.

  18. Key stage 1 tests: test administration guidance (TAG)

    Guidance for headteachers, teachers and teaching assistants on administering the 2017 key stage 1 national curriculum tests.

  19. Key stage 1: English grammar, punctuation and spelling test framework

    Guidance for test developers on the purpose, format, content, cognitive demand and specification for the key stage 1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test.

  20. Key stage 1: English reading test framework

    Guidance for test developers on the purpose, format, content, cognitive demand and specification for the key stage 1 English reading test.

  21. Key stage 1: mathematics test framework

    Guidance for test developers on the purpose, format, content, cognitive demand and specification for the key stage 1 mathematics test.

  22. Literacy and numeracy catch-up strategies

    This paper examines catch-up strategies and interventions which are specifically aimed at pupils who are behind in literacy and numeracy.

  23. Maladministration reports

    Reports detailing the range of allegations of maladministration reported to the STA maladministration team.

  24. National curriculum assessments: guidance for local authorities

    Information for local authorities (LAs) supporting schools' key stage 1 and 2 tests and teacher assessment.

  25. National curriculum assessments: practice materials

    Practice materials for the phonics screening check, key stage 1 and key stage 2 national curriculum tests, including sample papers and past test papers.

  26. NCA tools website

    Information for teachers and local authorities about how to manage NCA tools passwords and users.

  27. Phonics screening check: 2017 materials

    Scoring guidance, pupils' materials and answer sheet for the 2017 phonics screening check.

  28. Phonics screening check: administration

    Check administration guidance (CAG) for headteachers and teachers administering and scoring the phonics screening check.

  29. Phonics screening check: technical reports

    Reports providing analysis of the phonics screening check following administration in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

  30. Pre-key stage 1: pupils working below the test standard in 2016

    These interim pre-key stage standards are to be used by teachers to report a statutory assessment outcome for specified pupils at the end of key stage 1.

  31. Primary assessments: information and resources for 2017

    A guide to the main collections for primary assessment on GOV.UK for the 2017 test cycle

  32. Primary school progress measures: information for schools and parents

    Information about primary school progress measures