Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA)- Autumn 2021
Within the first 6 weeks of starting in Reception classes all children will participate in the new statutory reception baseline assessment (RBA). The purpose of the assessment is to provide the starting point for a new measure that will help parents understand how well schools support their pupils to progress between reception and year 6 / the end of key stage 2.
The RBA will provide an opportunity for your child to have valuable one-to-one time with their teacher at an early stage, so the teacher can get to know your child better. It will provide a helpful snapshot of where your child is when they enter reception, so they can be supported in the most appropriate way.
The RBA is a short, interactive and practical assessment of a child’s early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills when they begin school, using materials that most children of your child’s age will be familiar with. Your child will answer questions verbally or by pointing at or moving objects. The assessment has been designed to ensure that it is inclusive and accessible to as many children as possible, including those with special educational needs or disability (SEND) or English as an additional language (EAL). The teacher can pause the assessment at any time if your child needs a break. There are also modifed materials available for children with visual and hearing impairments.
The RBA is not about judging or labelling your child or putting them under any pressure. Your child cannot ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ the assessment. Its main purpose is to create a starting point to measure the progress schools make with their pupils. Please download the parent guide to find out more.
Year 2 Phonic Screening Check- Autumn 2021
During the summer term children in Year 1 usually take part in the Phonic Screening Check, however, all assessments were cancelled in 2021 due to Covid-19. Instead, children currently in Year 2 will complete the screening check in the second part of autumn term 2021. The phonic screening check is not a formal test, but a way for teachers to ensure that children are making sufficient progress with their phonics skills to read words and that they are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning. The check is carried out by teachers during school time and lasts approximately 5 minutes per child. For more information about the screening check please download the presentation below and look at the example materials.
The result of these checks is reported to parents and the local authority. Any children who do not get a score above a threshold mark (32 out of 40 in previous years) are usually required to attempt the check again in the summer term of Year 2.
Year 1 Phonic Screening Check- Summer 2022
During the summer term children in Year 1 usually take part in the Phonic Screening Check. The Year 1 phonic screening check is not a formal test, but a way for teachers to ensure that children are making sufficient progress with their phonics skills to read words and that they are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning.
Any children who do not get a score above a threshold mark (32 out of 40 in previous years) are required to attempt the check again in the summer term of Year 2.
End of Key Stage 1 Assessment (SATs)
During May the children in Year 2 usually complete specific tasks and tests in reading, mathematics, grammar, punctuation and spelling as part of the end of Key Stage One assessment process-commonly called SATs. The test activities take place informally within classrooms as part of the usual class activities and the children are often unaware when they have completed them. Staff do not tell the children that they are completing tests and we ask parents and carers to do the same to prevent children becoming anxious.
The Reading Test consists of two separate papers:
- Paper 1 – consists of a combined reading prompt and answer booklet. The paper includes a list of useful words and some practice questions for teachers to use to introduce the contexts and question types to The test takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, but is not strictly timed.
- Paper 2 – consists of an answer booklet and a separate reading There are no practice questions on this paper. Teachers can use their discretion to stop the test early if a pupil is struggling. The test takes approximately 40 minutes to complete, but is not strictly timed.
The Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test consists of two separate papers:
- Paper 1: Spelling – pupils to spell 20 missing words within a test The test is expected to take approximately 15 minutes to complete, but is not strictly timed. Within the assessment, the spelling words are read out to the children to fill into the gaps within the sentences.
- Paper 2: Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary – a combined question and answer booklet focusing on pupils’ knowledge of grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. Pupils will have approximately 20 minutes to complete the questions in the test paper, but it is not strictly
There are also two papers for mathematics:
- Paper 1: Arithmetic – lasts approximately 20 minutes (but this is not strictly timed). It covers calculation methods for all
- Paper 2: Reasoning – lasts for approximately 35 minutes, which includes time for five aural Pupils will still require calculation skills and questions will be varied including multiple choice, matching, true/false, completing a chart or table or drawing a shape. Some questions will also require children to show or explain their working out.
These tests are in addition to the ongoing teacher assessment which forms a major part of everyday teaching and learning within the school-the actual tests just provide a snapshot of achievement. At the end of the academic year you will be sent the results of the teacher assessment as these give the most accurate reflection of achievement.
If you were unable to attend our recent SATs information session a copy of the slides are available to view by clicking on the link below.