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Gloucester Academy

Unit 2 Assessment fortnight 13th March -24th March 2023, Year 8

Dear GA Family

We are writing to share with you your child’s end of Unit 1 Assessment timetable which starts from Monday 13st March 2022.  We are also writing to give you information about how you can support your child to succeed in these assessments.

Assessment overview

The first assessment cycle of this academic year is coming up. Your child will set a series of KIP assessments (Knowledge is Power) and a maths checkpoint which will allow them to show their learning from the past twelve weeks. Assessments take place in their usual lessons between 13th and 24th of March 2023.

What are the KIP assessments?

  • The assessment is made up of 50 words from your child’s Knowledge Organiser for each subject for this unit, as well as testing 25 words from your child’s Knowledge Organiser from unit 1. 
  • They are made up from the words they study at the beginning of every lesson as a ‘KIP quiz’ and practise every day as part of their homework
  • In mathematics, your child will also complete a checkpoint to assess their ability to apply the key knowledge, which will be reported to you
  • Students with additional needs will have had the support they need to access the test so they are not at a disadvantage.

What happens after the assessments?

  • We will reset the classes for Unit 2 to ensure that students are accessing the right support to progress even further as they enter the next thirteen weeks of the school year.  
  • You and your child will be able to pick their reports up at the Academic Review Evening on the 30th of March where you will also be able to speak to your child’s teachers about their progress.
  • If your child misses an assessment, they will be expected to stay behind after school when they are next in to complete the missed assessment. We will send you a text message to let you know if this is the case.  If they fail to do this they will receive a zero score for that assessment, which will affect their setting for the next academic year. 

How can I support my child to prepare for the assessments?

  • Encourage them to complete their daily Knowledge Organiser homework in their homework book
  • Encourage them to make flashcards for the terms in the Knowledge Organiser that they don’t remember - they can collect flashcards from their Achievement Leads
  • Test them on the terms and definitions on these flashcards
  • Ensure your child knows what assessments they have on what days using the timetable below (they will also have this printed on card)

What homework do students do in weeks 11,12 & 13? 

  • During these weeks your child’s Homework practice book will be used to practice any definitions from their Knowledge Organiser that they do not know. 

If you have any questions around assessments at all please contact Mr Meldrum using the email

We look forward to studying and celebrating with you soon.

Yours sincerely


Mr W Meldrum

Deputy Headteacher

Year 8 Assessment Timetable

Week B

Week 11

Monday 13th March 2023

Tuesday 14th March 2023

Wednesday 15th March 2023

Thursday 16th March 2023

Friday 17th March 2023 

Period 1


8G Science

8L Maths

8O Religious Studies

8U Science

8G Spanish

8L Spanish


8L Maths

8O History

8U Religious Studies

8G Geography

8L Science

8O Spanish

8U Spanish



8O Maths Assessment

Period 2 10:20 - 11:15


8CA Art

8OX Drama





Break 11:15– 11:35






Period 3 11:35 - 12:30


8G History

8L English



8G English

8O English

8U English


8EX Art

8WA Drama

8G Maths

8O Science


8L Maths Assessment

Period 4  12:30 - 13:25

8BR Drama

8CA Music

8OX Music

8WA Art



8L Religious Studies



Lunch 13:25-14:05






Period 5 14:05 - 15:00

8L Geography


8L History

8U Geography

8U History

8O Geography

Week A

Week 12

Monday 20th March 2023

Tuesday 21st March 2023

Wednesday 22nd March 2023

Thursday 23rd March 2023

Friday 24th March 2023

Period 1




8EX Drama


8WA Music



Period 2 10:20 - 11:15

8BR Art

8CA Drama

8EX Music

8G Maths Assessment


8O Maths Assessment




8OX Art


Break 11:15– 11:35






Period 3 11:35 - 12:30

8U Maths Assessment





Period 4  12:30 - 13:25






Lunch 13:25-14:05






Period 5 14:05 - 15:00




8G Religious Studies

8BR Music