Primary spelling assessments
Spelling check-ups will help teachers to know specifically how their pupils’ spelling currently matches age-related expectations. Alongside these, the spelling tests provide a seasonal picture of attainment, and help schools to track pupil progress from autumn, to spring to summer. Gain a better picture of how your pupils’ spelling is getting along, where the gaps are, and how well they are making progress.
As the programmes of study were not introduced until 2014 (and not until 2015 in years 2 and 6), many children may initially struggle to perform well in their age-related assessment. Teachers may consider beginning with the test for a lower age group, in order to identify gaps in their pupils’ knowledge. Once these gaps have been taught, the next assessment would provide the next step, and so on.
Assessments are available for each year group from 1-6 separately. Teachers of mixed-age classes should select an appropriate test for each pupil in their class, regardless of their age, in order to design a spelling programme which will help pupils to catch up with age-related expectations. Performance can be tracked using one of the tracking grids provided, or any grid of the school’s choice. Evidence of progress can then easily be identified, and future teaching adjusted accordingly.
The tests have been trialled in a range of Kent primary schools, and written by experienced educators in the primary sector. Feedback from early trials shows that pupils find these tests challenging, which is in accordance with the higher expectations of the statutory English tests 2016.