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Assessment

X Table Testing - Year 4

The purpose of the X Tables Testing  is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.

KS2 (Year 6) SATs 

 

Watch this short video aimed at parents to give outline information about the new KS2 National Curriculum tests .

Key Stage 2 tests

A summary of the Key Stage 2 tests that Year 6 pupils will take in England from May 2018. Aimed particularly at parents.A downloadable version is available for...

KS1 (Year 2) SATs 

 

Please click link below which is aimed at parents to give outline information about the new KS1 and KS2 National Curriculum tests (document & video link).

2020 Key Stage 1 tests

This 6-minute video provides information for parents about the Key Stage 1 tests, including the optional Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling Test.A downloadable ...

Phonics Screening ( Year 1) 

What is the phonics screening check?

 

The phonics screening check is a quick and easy check of your child’s phonics knowledge.  It helps the school confirm whether your child has made the expected progress.


The national phonics screening check was introduced in 2012 to all Year 1 pupils in the country. It is a short, statutory assessment to ensure that children are making sufficient progress in the phonics skills to read words and are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning.

 

When will the phonics screening take place?

 

The check will take place in June 2022

 

How does the check work?

 

Your child will sit with the class teacher and will be asked to read 40 words aloud. The test normally takes a few minutes. If your child is struggling the teacher will stop the check.  The check is carefully designed not to be stressful for your child.


The check consists of a list of 40 words, half real words and half nonsense words, the nonsense words will be shown to your child with a picture of an alien. This not only makes the check a bit more fun, but provides the children with a context for the nonsense word which is independent from any existing vocabulary they may have.

 

Why Pseudo Words/non- words / nonsense words / alien words?

 

Non-words are important to include as they can’t be read using their vocabulary or from memory; they have to use their decoding skills. This is a fair way to assess all children’s ability to decode.

 

After the check

 

We will inform you on your child’s progress towards the end of the Summer term.  If your child found the test tricky we will inform you of what support we have put in place to help them improve and what you can do at home to help them as well. Children who have not met the standard will retake the check when they are in Year 2.


All children are individuals and all develop at different rates. The screening check ensures that teachers understand which children need extra help with phonic decoding.

 

How can you help your child?

 

In school we are continually checking your children’s phonic development within our approach to the assessment of reading. This screening forms part of our overall assessment procedure. However, there are a number of things that parents can do to support early reading skill development.


Let your child see you enjoying reading yourself – they are influenced by you and what you value!


Immerse your child in a love of reading: share books and magazines with your child, take them to the library to choose books, read to them regularly, point out texts around you, e.g. in the street etc.


Make time for your child to read school books to you regularly – encourage them by pointing to the words and ask them about the story they are reading.

 

If you have any further questions, please talk to your child’s class teacher.