Apologies for the lack of posts recently, between school events and projects I was overwhelmed so I took some time away from the blog, but as we approach the end of Term 2 I’m back.
Can you believe it’s nearly the end of Term 2. This week is probably an ideal week for some assessments before the end of Term 2.
For Junior Infants, it’s important to check their knowledge of their phonics, be it Jolly Phonics or whatever programme you use in your class. It is also important to check blends and digraphs at this stage of Junior Infants. You may not have covered them yet but it can be useful to pre-test the children on their blends. I like to use the Phonics skills checklist from NEPS for letter sounds and blends. You could also check their knowledge of sight words. There are examples of sight words assessments and records in the above link. I also liked to use the assessments within the Word Attack Pack. Finally one last suggested assessment at the end of Term 2 for literacy is the test within the Hands on Phonics Teachers manual. I particularly like this test and it can be repeated allowing for comparison across terms.
In Maths there is probably an assessment for Easter within your Maths Scheme, depending on the scheme you use. I also have my own checklists for maths available on my Mash.ie store which can be repeated and compared term on term also.
For Senior Infants, depending on your class I might revise sounds and blends/digraphs that have been covered to date. I would also use the First 100 sight words from the NEPS pack, you could also use the second 100 words checklist depending on the children in your class. I used one record sheet per pupil for the year, I highlighted the words they know and each time I did the test I used a different colour highlighter to measure progress. Similarly to Junior Infants I would also test the Senior Infants using the screening test in Hands on Phonics Teachers Manual.
For Maths in Senior Infants there is also a termly test in your Maths Scheme. Alternatively my checklists for Senior Infants Maths is in my mash.ie store. These checklists were designed with the Ready Set Go Programme in mind.
I also have assessment packs for Junior & Senior Infants in my Mash.ie store. If you have any questions on the assessments mentioned above please send me a P.M.