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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 Grange Park 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. 


Schools must complete the reception baseline assessment for each child in the first 6 weeks after they enter reception.

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 2023 will be administered by your child's class teacher in the week commencing the Monday 12 June 2023.

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 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 

All children in Year 4 will be participating in the multiplication tables check in June within a 3-week period from Monday 5 June 2023.

The purpose of the check is to determine whether your child can fluently recall their times tables up to 12, which is essential for future success in mathematics.

It is an on-screen check consisting of 25 times table questions. Your child will be able to answer 3 practise questions before taking the actual check. They will then have 6 seconds to answer each question. On average, the check should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

As part of usual practise, teachers ask all parents to practise times tables with their child. You do not need to do anything additional to prepare your child for the check.

Year 6 SATs test 

The 2023 KS2 SATs will take place in the week commencing 8th May 2023. The tests will take place over four days. Children in Year 6 (those aged 10-11) will take these tests in their normal school classrooms. SATs papers will be taken in Maths, Reading and GaPS under formal exam conditions.

Monday 8 May 2023

Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling - Paper 1 Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling - Paper 2

Tuesday 9 May 2023

English Reading

Wednesday 10 May 2023

Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)

Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)

Thursday 11 May 2023

Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning)

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Information about statutory tests