As part of the Welsh Government’s national testing process our Year 2 to Year 6 pupils sit reading and numeracy tests each summer. This year these take place starting on Wednesday 3rd May; it is really important that your child is in school at this time.
Test Timetable 2017
Wednesday 3rd May - Numeracy Reasoning Test
Friday 5th May - Numeracy Procedural Test
Tuesday 9th May - Reading Test
These tests are primarily diagnostic, and are used as part of our wider assessment processes to assess how learners’ literacy and numeracy skills are developing. In accordance with Welsh Government guidance our staff familiarise learners with the format of the tests, through the use of sample papers and resources, while maintaining a broad and balanced curriculum throughout the school year.
National Reading and Numeracy Tests
Our approach is always to have pupil wellbeing uppermost in our minds to ensure that unnecessary stress is avoided. Overemphasis on preparation, ‘practising’ with past test questions, in school or at home, can raise anxiety among learners and are inappropriate in the context of diagnostic tests.
Can I help my child to improve their reading and numeracy?
Yes, definitely! Getting involved in your child’s learning while at home and out and about can make a big difference to their progress. Any of the activities in this guide will be a huge help. Above all, the best way to prepare your child is to make sure that they are not worried or anxious.
There are two kinds of numeracy tests.
- The procedural test measures skills in number, measuring and data skills.
- The reasoning test measures how well children can use what they know to solve everyday problems.
The reading tests are made up of short questions based on two or more texts. Some of the questions check how well the text has been understood, others aim to find out if children are able to make judgements about what they are reading.
The leaflet below explains more about what the tests involve and what the test results can tell you about your child’s learning. If you have any further concerns, please speak to your child's class teacher or you can make an appointment to speak with either Mrs Coombes or Mr Parker.