Primary school year guides

School year guides

Find out what your child will learn in English and maths each year at primary school, how they are assessed and what tests they'll take.


Year 1 at primary school Year 2 at primary school Year 3 at primary school Year 4 at primary school Year 5 at primary school Year 6 at primary school
Early Years

Early years (Age 3–4)

Find out what to expect at nursery in the Early Years .
What to expect in the Early Years >

What to expect in Reception

Reception (Age 4–5)

Find out what to expect at school in Reception.
What to expect in Reception >

Year 1

Year 1 (Age 5–6)

Find out what your child will learn in Year 1 at primary school.
What to expect in Year 1.

Year 2

Year 2 (Age 6–7)

Information about maths, reading and the KS1 SATs.
What to expect in Year 2 >

Year 3

Year 3 (Age 7–8)

What to expect in Year 3 as your child enters Key Stage 2.
What to expect in Year 3 >

Year 4

Year 4 (Age 8–9)

Year 4 brings a focus on times tables as your child grows in confidence.
What to expect in Year 4 >

Year 5

Year 5 (Age 9–10)

Year 5 brings increased independence and responsibility.
What to expect in Year 5.

Year 6

Year 6 (Age 10–11)

Your child will consolidate their skills as they prepare for KS2 SATs.
What to expect in Year 6 >.

Oxford Owl for School

Year 7 (Age 11–12)

Practical tips to help your child transition from primary to secondary school.
Get ready for secondary school >

Assessment at primary school

Assessment at school

Day-to-day assessment >
Y1 Phonics screening check >
Key Stage 1 SATs >
Key Stage 2 SATs >
The 11 plus exam >

Guide to starting school

Guide to starting school

Starting school doesn't need to be a daunting experience for you and your child.
Getting ready to start school >

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