Checks and Testing
Throughout their time at primary school, all pupils are offered a variety of checks at various stages. These may be health checks or educational tests. Some are national programmes offered to children at every school while others are managed locally from Trafford.
Here is an overview of the checks and tests that your child may have while at St Hugh’s. You will, of course, receive more information as your child approaches these tests. However, if you have any concerns, please feel free to discuss these directly with your child’s teacher.
In Reception, all children undergo eyesight, hearing and height/weight checks, which are carried out in school and are arranged by the School Nurse. You will be informed about these checks and the results.
Height and weight checks are also carried out in Yr6.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery & Reception), all children will be assessed on the 17 early learning goals (ELGs) and your child’s teacher will run you through their assessments at the end of your report and parents’ evening.
Towards the end of Year 1, all pupils sit a Phonics Screening Test. This is carried out in a relaxed environment, on a one-to-one basis with their class teacher. This is a national test and you will receive your child’s results with their end of year report in July.
English and Mathematics entry and exit NFER (National Federation of Educational Research) tests are also carried out in Year 1. These are an indication of the amount of progress your child has made over the year in these subjects.
In the Summer term, all Year 2 pupils take their Key Stage 1 (KS1) SATs, which are some formal assessments in maths, reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. These are national tests and you will receive your child’s results with your end of year report.
In Year 6, all pupils undergo national tests in reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar and mathematics. Writing is teacher assessed and the results of these assessments are given to parents in the end of year report. In 2016 a new style of testing was introduced for the end of Key Stages using scaled scores instead of levels.
NFER tests in reading and maths are carried out in years 3, 4 and 5 at the end of the summer term and are reported to parents. Assessments in writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar are also carried out at this time and reported to parents.
Year 5 also take NFER tests from January – May. These are tests in Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, English and Mathematics. The results are sent out to parents with the end of year report. In the Summer term, Year 5 are also offered entrance examination familiarisation practices.
All Year groups have annual reading and spelling tests. These results are usually given to parents at the first parents’ evening.