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Information about the Statutory Tests

Information about the Statutory Tests your Child Will Take

During their time at Primary School your child will participate in a number of statutory tests. At Grange Park we aim to make these tests as pressure free as possible and ensure that children know that it is about trying their best and that their progress in learning is their own journey. 

Find further information click on the pages to the left for the following statutory tests that your child sits whilst at Primary School:

Phonics Screening Test (Year One)

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?

In 2020 the check will take place during the week commencing Monday 8th June 2020.

How does the check work?

Your child will sit with a 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.  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.
  • Use phonics play www.phonicsplay.co.uk. This is a website which is packed with interactive phonics games to help children to learn to hear sounds and blend sounds. We use this in school and some aspects of it are free to use at home.

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

Key Stage One SATs (Year Two)

Please see below for SATs information for parents regarding the KS1 SATs tests that will take place throughout May 2020.

KS1 SATs tests taken throughout May 2020

English Reading Test

Paper One: Short Text and questions (approx. 30 minutes)

Paper Two: Longer text with separate questions

(approx. 30 minutes)

 

Mathematics

Paper One: Arithmetic Test (approx. 20 minutes)

Paper Two: Reasoning Test (approx. 35 minutes)

Please watch the video below for a full explanation of the tests and what the expectations of the children will be.

KS1 SATs Information Video for Parents

Please find below a document, published by the Department for Education, detailing further information for parents.

Information_for_parents

Multiplication Check (Year Four)

In Year Four children will take a short 'Multiplication Check' to test their knowledge and recall of times tables. This has been implemented by the government into schools following a pilot in previous years. 

Children in Year Four will take the multiplication check the week beginning Monday 8th June 2020. The period of testing lasts three weeks, therefore your child should be tested within this timeframe. 

Please click the link below for a video with further information and explaining the Multiplication Check. 

Information for Parents on the Multiplication Tables Check

Key Stage Two SATs (Year Six)

KS2 SATs Information for Parents

Please see below for SATs information for parents regarding the KS2 SATs tests that will take place on Monday 13th May 2019- Friday 17th May 2019. 

Date Test
11.5.20 English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (papers 1 and 2)
12.5.20 English reading
13.5.20 Mathematics (papers 1 and 2)
14.5.20 Mathematics (paper 3)
17.5.20 No Test

Please watch the video below for a full explanation of the tests and what the expectations of the children will be.

KS2 SATs Information Video for Parents