Key Stage 1 Assessments
The Key Stage 1 assessments are designed to test children’s knowledge and understanding of the Key Stage 1 programmes of study in English and Mathematics.
They provide a snapshot of children’s attainment and are used to inform teacher’s assessments at the end of the Key Stage.
Teacher assessment is the main focus for end of Key Stage 1 assessment and is carried out as part of everyday teaching and learning.
The statutory tests must be administered to all children in Reading (Paper 1 and Paper 2) and Mathematics (Paper 1: Arithmetic and Paper 2: Reasoning).
These help teachers make an end of year judgement of attainment within the following categories:
GDS Working at Greater Depth within the Expected Standard
EXS Working at the Expected Standard
WTS Working Towards the Expected Standard
PKF Working with the Pre-Key Stage Framework
BLW Working Below the Pre-Key Stage Framework
The Phonics Screening Check
The phonics screening check is designed to confirm whether children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard.
It will identify the children who need extra help to improve their decoding skills.
The phonics screening check comprises a list of 40 words that a child reads aloud to their teacher on a one-to-one basis.
The list includes real and pseudo-words. Pseudo-words allow the assessment to focus purely on decoding using phonics.
As pseudo-words are new to all children, they do not favour those with a good vocabulary knowledge or large visual memory of words.
The pseudo-words are displayed alongside pictures of imaginary creatures. This allows teachers to explain to the child that the pseudo-word is the name of a type of creature they have not seen before.
This helps children to understand why they should not try to match the pseudo-word to their vocabulary.
The pass mark is set each year and released after the tests have been completed.
Early Years Foundation Stage – Good Level of Development:
Children in Reception are assessed against 17 Early Learning Goals (ELGs) at the end of their Reception Year. Each ELG can be awarded at the following standards:
• Expected: your child is working at the level expected for his age
• Emerging: your child is working below the expected level
• Exceeding: your child is working above the expected level
Twelve of the Early Learning Goals, in the prime areas, personal, social and emotional development, communication and language and physical development, and the specific areas of literacy and maths are considered together to make up a ‘good level of development’, or GLD. Achieving a good level of development will help a child to make a good start in Year 1.
The schools performance tables can be found here:
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