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). During the academic year 2016-17, the English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test is optional.
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.