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Year 8 - Unit 1 Assessment

Re: Unit 1 Assessment fortnight 21st November -2nd December 2022, 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 21st November 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 21st and 28th November 2022.

What are the KIP assessments?

  • The assessment is made up of 50 words from your child’s Knowledge Organiser for each subject. 
  • All students in a year group sit the same assessments
  • 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 will receive a report with the overview of their percentage in each KIP subject and their rank
  • 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 Ms Jones using the email   

We look forward to studying and celebrating with you soon.

Yours sincerely

Miss C Jones

Assistant Head

Year 8 Assessment Timetable

Week A

Week 11

Monday 21st November

Tuesday 22nd November

Wednesday 23rd November

Thursday 24th November

Friday 25th November  

Period 1 9.25 - 10.20

8G History

8L Geography

8O Spanish


8G Spanish

8U Geography

8G Science

8L Maths


8G Maths

8O Science

8L Religious Studies

8O English

8U Science

Period 2

10:20 - 11:15

8BR Art


8OX Music

8L Spanish

8U Maths


8CA Music


8G English

8L Science



Break 11:15– 11:35






Period 3

11:35 - 12:30


8O Maths



8BR Music




8G Geography

8U Spanish



8CA Drama

8EX Music

8OX Art


8O History

8U English

8L Maths MA

Period 4

12:30 - 13:25


8L History

8U History



8O Maths MA


8G Maths MA

 Lunch 1:25-14:00






Period 5

14:05 - 15:05

8L English

8O Religious Studies




8OX Drama

8WA Music


Week B

Week 12

Monday 28th November

Tuesday 29th November

Wednesday 30th November

Thursday 1st  December

Friday 2nd December

Period 1

9.25 - 10.20

8O Geography


8CA Art






Period 2

10:20 - 11:15

8EX Art


8G Religious Studies



8WA Drama

Break 11:15– 11:35






Period 3

11:35 - 12:30





8U Religious Studies


Period 4

12:30 - 13:25

8U Maths MA






 Lunch 1:25-14:00






Period 5

14:05 - 15:05




8BR Drama


8WA Art

8EX Drama