Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, regrettably we are unable to invite parents into school for a tour of Berkswich CE primary and nursery. We understand that choosing the right setting for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make in your child’s learning journey. With this in mind, we hope to provide you with a range of opportunities to allow you to gain an insight into life as part of our special Berkswich community and the chance to ask questions. We certainly welcome the opportunity to support and reassure you as you organise your child’s first steps into Nursery and Reception. We are offering virtual meetings to provide an opportunity for new parents to meet our headteacher, EYFS leader and teaching staff. This will provide a great opportunity for you to ask questions and find out about our community and learning at Berkswich CE. Your child is a vital part of this process, and so we welcome them to join in with the meeting.

Reception slots

Tuesday 17th November 9am – 10:30am

Tuesday 1st December 3:30- 5:30pm

Tuesday 8th December 9am – 10:30am

Nursery slots

Tuesday 19th January 9am– 10:30am

Tuesday 2nd February 3:30—5:30pm

Tuesday 9th March 9am—10:30 am

To book your ten-minute virtual meeting on one of the following days please call the school office on 01785 337360 or send an email to

Please visit our admissions page to take a closer look at our Nursery and Reception classes, as well as our admissions arrangements. Thank you.

BerkswichCE Primary School

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STAR Reading Test and Reading at the Correct Level

What is a STAR Reading test?

STAR Reading is used to determine your child’s reading level. It is a computer-based reading assessment programme that uses computer-adaptive technology. Questions continually adjust to your child’s responses. If the child’s answer is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If the child cannot answer a question or answers incorrectly, then the difficulty level is reduced. The test uses multiple-choice questions and takes approximately ten minutes. There are so many questions, that however many times the test is taken, the child is  extremely unlikely to ever read the same question twice.


Each child has been tested, using STAR reader. This has given each child a ‘Zone of Proximal Development’ (ZPD). This indicates a range of books that will challenge a child, without causing frustration or loss of motivation. Recognising that no test is perfect, teacher’s professional judgement is also used to determine the best level. 


Which books to read?

Every book in school is labelled with a book level. It is vital that children read with a high degree of comprehension within the ZPD zone shown by their test. We tend to ask the children to start at the lower end of the range and then work up. The end of book quiz will also help to indicate whether or not the book is at the appropriate level to encourage the best progress. If a child repeatedly scores 100%, then we would ask a child to increase their book level. 


Checking the maturity level of the book

Even though a child may be able to read a book, this does not always mean that the content is appropriate. Therefore, the books are labelled LY (Lower Years), MY (Middle Years) and UY (Upper Years). These will enable teachers and parents to choose books at a suitable maturity level.

Although we have a small number of UY books, with an orange book level sticker, we would recommend these only for Year Six pupils (and then only with parental permission first).