The baseline assessment will result in a score that forms part of your child’s baseline profile. By having a good understanding of your child’s abilities when they start school, your child’s teacher will be able to measure their progress. The baseline assessment is face-to-face with a mixture of tasks and observational checklists.
Early Years Foundation Stage Profile
The EYFS profile assessment is carried out in the final term of Reception. The main purpose of the EYFS profile is to provide a reliable, valid and accurate assessment of individual children at the end of the EYFS. EYFS profile data is used to inform parents about their child’s development against the early learning goals (ELGs) and the characteristics of their learning and to help year 1 teachers plan an effective, responsive and appropriate curriculum that will meet the needs of your child.
Phonics Screening Test
The Phonics Screening Check demonstrates how well your child can use the phonics skills they’ve learned up to the end of Year 1, and to identify students who need extra phonics help.
The checks consist of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read oneon-one with a teacher. Non-words (or nonsense words, or pseudo words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child has been taught, but don’t mean anything.
The 40 words and non-words are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters.
Your child will be scored against a national standard, and the main result will be whether or not they fall below, within or above this standard.
Children who do not meet the required standard in Year 1 will be re-checked in Year 2.
The reading test is comprised of two components; one integrated reading and answer booklet and one separate reading booklet with an associated reading answer booklet. Children will have access to all components but teachers can stop the child at any stage of the test that they feel is appropriate for that particular child. The total testing time is approximately 60 minutes.
Year 2 Children will take two maths papers
Paper 1, arithmetic, 15 marks, 15 minutes, context free calculations.
Paper 2, fluency, solving problems and reasoning, 35 marks, 35 minutes. A range of contexts, 5 questions at the start will be aural, and in approximate order of difficulty.
The reading test will be a single paper with questions based on 3 or 4 unrelated texts of between 1800 and 2300 words, there will be an emphasis on comprehension. One hour, including reading time, to complete the test, 50 marks available.
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
The grammar, punctuation and spelling test will consist of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes. (70 marks in total)
There will be three papers in maths
Paper 1: arithmetic, (number, calculations and fractions, decimals and percentages) 30 minutes (30 marks) This paper will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Each question will have a grid to encourage working out, questions will be context free.
Papers 2 and 3: mathematical fluency, solving problems and reasoning, 40 minutes per paper (80 marks in total) These papers will assess children’s ability to apply mathematics to problems and to reason, they will involve a number of question types, contextualised and context free.