Assessment FAQs

Here are some common questions about our term 5 assessments

How do you select children into different levels?

Children are assessed during their regular classes 3 times a year. Each assessment session will run over 2 weeks of the term (week 4 and 5) so please make sure your child is present during that period. If your child misses the dedicated assessment weeks, he/she will need to wait for the next occasion as due to our busy schedule we are unable to accommodate individual requests. All assessment results and further requirements are visible on IClassPro under your child’s profile. Coaches are continually developing   a centralised lesson plan that is aimed to further progress your child. Lesson plans are also designed to work towards long term goals and skills specified in our assessments. Our coaches aim for our gymnasts to achieve the required skills by the next assessment period, however parents should be aware that not all children progress at the same speed and that as the gymnasts progress through the levels, they do become more difficult and can result in it taking longer to achieve some skills.

How do you evaluate the assessment results? How many skills are there? What scores do we need to pass?

For Recreational Gymnastics, assessment includes a total of 15 skills:

Floor: 7 skills
Uneven Bars: 3 skills
Balance Beam:3 skills
Vault: 2 skills
Scoring: each skill is ranked from 1 to 5 stars.

Unrecognised
Attempted
Learning
Refining
Mastered
The overall result is calculated giving a total of 100% if all skills are mastered. Participants are offered to move up to the next level if there is a minimum achievement of 90% (68/75 scores) on the assessment*. All 4 levels contain 15 skills which progressively increase in difficulty from the previous level. Children will start from 0% again after the progression.

For Boys Gymnastics: Assessment includes a total of 17 skills on 5 apparatus: floor, pommel horse, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bars.

For Freestyle: Assessments include a total of 20 skills for Juniors, 24 for Junior Intermediate and 32 for Seniors on a wide range of equipment.

For Tumbling: Assessments include a total of 10 skills on each level.

For Trampoline: Assessment is staged of 4 for Novice, 3 for Intermediate and 2 steps for Advanced Jumpers. Within each stage there are 10-14 skills. Participants must pass 90% of each stage to be able to move to the next level. E.g. Novice consists of 4 stages. All 4 stages must be passed with 90% to be able to move to the Intermediate level. Trampoline includes a lot more stages as the children progress faster than on the other disciplines due to having only 1 apparatus.  

For Ninja: Assessments include a total of 16 skills with additional 5 bonus skills for a challenge on each level.

In special circumstances, where a child regresses for various reasons, customers will be advised to move back a level to focus more on building back the necessary elements.

How long will it take for my child to progress to the next level?

That all depends at what point your child joins our programme, and every child will progress at different speeds. Some children will move up to the next level quicker than others and it is hard to predict when your child will complete the required skills for each level. Parents should recognise that no one child is the same and they should not be compared to each other. Please also remember, as the stages progress, the skills and criteria become more difficult. It is not uncommon that it can take several terms for these assessments to be completed. All skills need to be executed at a high and consistent standard.

How do I know if my child can move up to the next level?

All assessment results and further requirements are visible on IClassPro, under your child’s profile. We allow participants to move up to the next level once they complete 90% of the requirements (68/75 scores). When a child reaches this standard, parents will be notified on an individual basis offering availability and timings of the newt level.

My child has passed the assessment. When can I move?

Assessments are completed every second term, Term 1, 3 and 5. In each term, assessments will be held on week 4 and 5. Assessment results will be uploaded to IClassPro, on our online home portal within 2 weeks for parents to view the results. Customers who are ready to move will be contacted directly offering them availability in the higher level classes. Movement will be completed by the end of the term and the child can start in the new level from the following term. E.g. assessment is held in Term 5 on week 4 and 5. Children able to move up a level will start in the higher level class from Term 6 week 1.

What happens if my child is ready to move up a level but the offered days/times are not convenient or my preferred class is currently full?

Movements are only recommendations and not mandatory. Your child will be added to our waiting list and we shall notify you once the space becomes available. In the meantime, you are welcome to stay in your current class where coaches will make sure your child is still progressing and fully challenged.

Who carries out the assessments and how are they done?

Only selected senior coaches complete the assessments making sure consistent and high standards are applied. The assessor carries out the assessments within the regular gymnastics session on week 4 and 5 without affecting the planned rotations. Gymnasts may be given multiple attempts. Assessments are carried out over 2 weeks allowing a sufficient amount of time for completion. Once assessments are done, the results are uploaded to our online home portal IClassPro under your child’s profile. Gymnasts not attending the designated assessment weeks must wait for the next period, as assessments can not be completed individually.  

What if I think my child is too advanced for their class?

Our gymnasts are initially placed into their groups by age and are assessed during their regular class. Assessment results and further requirements are visible online in Iclass on your child’s profile. Children need to achieve 90% (68/75 scores) to be able to move up to the next level. Assessments are carried out by our Recreational Manager and Senior Recreation Coaches  providing accuracy both in quality and consistency. Their recommendations should be taken on board and their feedback is the deciding factor on whether your child should move classes. Reassessment and reconsideration will not be authorised therefore your child will need to wait until the next assessment period. 

My child hasn’t passed the level… Why?

Gymnastics is a complex combination that involves physical strength, flexibility, power, agility, coordination, grace, balance and control. Training involves lots of determination and dedication; and even high level professional gymnasts need to train several days a week to achieve progress. If your child has just joined gymnastics, then congratulations! Your child is on the best road now to experience one of the most fun and challenging sports.

If you are a long time member, we understand your frustration that even after years of training your child is still working on grasping the basic elements. However progression depends on many factors, for example what point your child joins our program, level of attendance, attention to detail, understanding the technical elements, interest, discipline to follow instruction, talent and much much more. In addition, every child progresses at different speeds. Some children will move up a level quicker than others and it is hard to predict when your child will complete the required skills for each level. Parents should recognise that no one child is the same and they should not be compared to each other. Please also remember, as the stages progress, the skills and criteria become more difficult and we deliberately select the hardest level related skills for assessments making sure your child is ready and competent for the next level. It is not uncommon for it to take several terms for these assessments to be completed. So please bear with us, we are working on your child’s progress with the best of our ability and experience.

Should you wish to see a faster progression we recommend registering your child attending more than once a week. You may register for the same or a different discipline. All our disciplines are working towards strength, flexibility, coordination, improving listening skills and more. And you never know, maybe your child will excel on a different pathway. Alternatively you may ask for detailed feedback from our coaches. They will be able to advise on the areas that need improvement on and perhaps give you specific exercises your child can complete at home.
My child has not received the assessment result this term... Why?

Assessments are completed every second term, Term 1, 3 and 5. In each term, assessments will be held on week 4 and 5. Assessment results will be uploaded to IClassPro, the online home portal within 2 weeks to enable parents to view the results. If your child’s assessment sheet was not updated, it may be because your child was absent during the assessment period. Unfortunately due to the high number of participants we can only allocate 2 weeks for assessments. We also aim  to cause the least disruption during the classes as we carry out the assessments during regular classes. Assessment dates are communicated in advance and if your child misses this period, unfortunately he/she will be required to wait until the next occasion as, we are unable to accommodate individual requests.

My child’s friend/sibling passed the assessment and can move up a level but my child can not. This is heartbreaking. What can we do?

We understand the frustration caused and are aware it is not easy to accept that an assessment has not been passed yet. We do however require the parent’s support in these circumstances and help your child to recognise good performance, not just results. Help them to enjoy their sport and encourage them to work harder during the classes so the next assessment can be successful. We do not hold any child back from progression and we offer equal opportunities for development. Success depends on many factors, e.g. at what point your child joins our program, attendance, attention to detail, understanding the technical elements, interest, discipline to follow instruction, talent and much much more. Additional to that, every child progresses at different speeds. Some children will move up a level quicker than others and it is hard to predict when your child will complete the required skills for each level. Parents should recognise that no one child is the same and they should not be compared to each other.

In any case, we allow children to continue in the previous class where moving up to a higher level class is not possible. This allows the children to continue within the same class.

Do you complete assessments for GymTots (2-3 years) and KinderTots (3-4 years)?

No. We believe children should not be assessed under the age of 5. Assessments will commence from the age of 5 and above. However we still build our under 5 sessions on solid and structured lesson plans where safety, fun and progressive development are in focus.

Do you carry out assessments for Trampoline, Tumbling and Boys classes?

Yes, all disciplines and specialised classes are included into our assessment process over the age of 5.

Do you carry out assessments for Freestyle and Ninja classes?

Freestyle classes: Assessments are carried out at the same time as the recreational gymnastics classes: completed every second term (term 1, 3 and 5). In each term, assessments are held on week 4 and 5. Assessment results are uploaded to IClassPro, our online home portal within 2 weeks for parents to view the results. Junior 7 - 10 years have 2 levels: Junior (1 hour) and Junior Intermediate - invite only (1.5 hours). Senior classes run with 1 level (1.5 hours).

Ninja classes: Assessments are carried out at the same time as the recreational gymnastics classes: completed every second term, (Term 1, 3 and 5). In each term, assessments are held during week 4 and 5. Assessment results are uploaded to IClassPro, our online home portal within 2 weeks where parents can view the results. Ninja classes are built around colours: White,Yellow, Green and Blue - with White as the first level.

How do I view assessments?

Login to iClassPro Parent Portal, click on Evaluations on the navigation panel on the left.

 

Why are you conducting assessments? My child does not like being tested.
Assessments are a form of feedback. Our intention is not only to test the skills but also to evaluate them. Our assessments are not based on a pass or fail concept and do not punish the children who can not reach the requirements. The importance is that every child develops differently and they should not be compared to each other. What matters is that they perform better than at the previous assessment. E.g. if your child had 25% on the bars on the previous assessment and now the result is 39%, the progression is clear no matter how small it is. Gymnastics is a highly technical sport and even elite athletes train 20-30 hours each week to achieve continuous progression. When a child takes step-by-step progression, we need to recognise it and celebrate it. Parents are encouraged to educate their children that gymnastics is most importantly fun and as long as the child enjoys attending our classes, progression will be visible.
Assessments have the following purpose:
- Provide feedback to the parents on their child's progression. Since our doors are closed due to the pandemic, it is important that we provide up-to-date feedback to the parents.
- Provide feedback to the children on their progression. It is important to know where the child stands and what areas they need to focus on more. Or which are the areas they excel on. With assessment we provide a point based fact sheet.
- Provide feedback to the coaches. It is important that coaches see the result of their work and by assessing the children they can see how to amend and plan their lesson for a better and faster progression.
- Provide feedback to the management team. Our management team is not strictly involved with each and every single class and do not spend lots of time on the gym floor. When looking at the assessment results, it gives the management team a tangible idea on the quality and consistency of the programme, the competencies of the coaches, areas we excel on and areas to improve on. In this way the management team can ensure The Yard is offering the best service possible in Singapore.

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