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Information about 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 Stanhope 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. 

The statutory tests for 2020 have been postponed due to Covid-19. Please keep checking the page for further information on new dates. 

Phonics Screening Test 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 children 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 test for 2020 has been postponed due to Covid-19. Please keep checking the page for further information on new dates. 

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 Pseudowords/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.

 Year 4 multiplication check

What is the Year 4 multiplication tables check?

In June 2020, the new Year 4 multiplication tables check will become statutory. Your child will need to take a short online test to make sure their times tables knowledge is at the expected level.

We’ve gathered together everything you might want to know about the times tables check, including what it involves, when it will take place, and how you can help your child prepare. You will also find our top tips, books, videos, activities, and games to help make your child’s times tables practice fun.

Please note: Due to school closures, formal assessments in English primary schools are cancelled for the remainder of this school year.

What is the check?

The multiplication tables check is an online test for pupils in Year 4. Pupils are asked to answer 25 questions on times tables from two to 12. They are given six seconds per question, with three seconds rest between each question, so the test should last less than five minutes.

Questions about the six, seven, eight, nine, and 12 times tables are likely to come up most often, as these are the hardest for most children to learn. It’s a good idea to focus on these tricky times tables with your child.

First and foremost, the check is about finding out which children are struggling with their times tables so that they can get extra support. It is not a judgement on what your child can do, but a way for the school to know how their teaching is going and to adjust their focus if needed.

The check was postponed due to COVID -19

SAT's Year 2 and 6

SATS or Standard Assessment Tests are used to evaluate your child’s educational progress at the end of primary years 2 and 6 . They make comparisons between children against the average attainment expectations for their respective age group.

Key Stage 1 SATs take place at the end of the infants stage in the May of year 2. The assessments are carried out by the child’s teacher and evaluate ability in reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, maths (number, shape, space and measurement) and science. The teacher will set short pieces of work in English and Maths to support the evaluation process.

Key Stage 2 SATs are a more formal process than key Stage 1 and take place in the May of year 6. The tests cover the three core subjects, English, Maths and Science. The papers are sent away to be marked externally with results being available before your child leaves primary school in July. More able children are teacher assessed to see if they are capable of reaching the higher level.

The SAT's test were postponed due to COVID-19