From September 2012 every school has to administer a Year 1 Phonics Test. With SPARRK a new test from the Sandwell stable - nurseries and reception classes will be able to assess the state of a child s phonological awareness and respond to weaknesses, which were hitherto not noticed or diagnosed properly. What does SPARRK do? The assessment gives you a profile of a child s phonological awareness skills. SPARRK reflects the latest research in the area of phonological awareness, including guidance from the DfE. There are seven sections in the SPARRK test book and they appear in the order it is expected skills would be acquired. Concepts: Assesses pupil s understanding of the linguistic concepts associated with phonological awareness. Syllables: Enabling pupils to recall and articulate multisyllabic words accurately There are 3 subsections. Rhyme: Tests different aspects of rhyme awareness all spoken/trigger only/silent sorting/oral identification. Beginnings: Tests awareness of initial phonemes identification of the beginning sound in a word. Ends: Tests awareness of final phonemes Focuses on how children store words phonologically. Middles: Tests awareness of medial phonemes Vowels are crucial for meaning in the sound structure of words. Blending & Segmenting: Tests the underlying skills needed to blend and segment phonemes for reading and spelling. The kit includes: Manual, Test Book, Sample Score Sheets, Where Next? Activities pack and CD with ready to make games and activities, data collection folder and templates. Also included are 16 sets of Syllable Puzzles, representative of the other games available on the CD. All of this presented in a hardwearing canvas bag.
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