Key Stages have existed in one form or another for over 100 years
If you want to help children learn, give them things to play with
- Key Stage 1 is the infants
- Key Stage 2 is the juniors
- Key Stage 3 is Secondary (up to Year 9 - anyone remember the Year 9 SATs? They were End of Key Stage 3 tests)
- Key Stage 4 is the GSCE years
- Key Stage 5 is A. Levels.
There are tests at the end of every Key Stage of educational development. Or at least, there were. The Key Stage 1 SATs are no longer as formal as they once were, and they have now been scrapped altogether. This means that from September this year (2020), children will be tested at the end of Reception! That's the year before Year 1. When the children are 5. That's 60 months old. No word of a lie, I have t-shirts that are older than that!