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Assessment for Learning and Reporting to Parents & Carers

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Parent Teacher Meetings

Parent Teacher meetings take place for each class twice a year. They consist of a 10 minute appointment with your child's class teacher. 

All classes have Parent Teacher meetings in the Autumn Term.

The Term 4 meetings are for Wrens

Term 6 meetings are for Robins, Chaffinches, Woodpeckers and Kites.

 

Assessment

Assessment is something that all staff use all the time to help ensure the learning in our classes for all the children is planned to help them each move forward. 

We assess as we go - this is called Formative Assessment.

We also assess at the end of a block of teaching - this is called Summative Assessment. This is what is reported to parents at Parent Teacher meetings or in Reports. This data is also used to report children's attainment to the Local Governing Body and to the Local Authority and Department for Education.

In September 2014, the National Curriculum changed and assessment reporting changed too.  Children will now be assessed against whether they are working at an EXPECTED standard, EXCEEDING or EXCELLING in it, or if they are EMERGING or DEVELOPING their skills. This new assessment vocabulary (and associated numerical 'points' will be explained to parents in a letter that comes out at key assessment points in the year). If you want to find out more at any time, please ask to speak to your child's class teacher or to Mrs Coupe.

Reporting

Written reports are sent home to parents either at the end of Term 4, just before Easter, or at the end of Term 6, just before the Summer Holidays.

Term 4 reports go to Robins, Chaffinches, Woodpeckers and Kites

Term 6 reports go to Wrens,  (Year R)

A 'drop in' session is available so that parents can see teachers about their child's report in person if they wish.

Year 6 SATs 2016

SATs Tests for Year 6 pupils will take place in the week beginning Monday 9th May 2016

See the February Newsletter for information about Parent Information Sessions about the new SATs tests.

In the summer term of 2016, children in Year 2 and Year 6 will be the first to take the new SATs papers. These tests in English and maths will reflect the new national curriculum, and are intended to be more rigorous. There will also be a completely new marking scheme to replace the existing national curriculum levels. Click here for more information from the Government.

At the end of Year 6, children will sit tests in:

  • Reading 
  • Maths (Arithmetic and Reasoning)
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

These tests will be both set and marked externally, and the results will be used to measure your child's progress and the school's performance. Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.

Key Stage 2 Reading

The reading test will provisionally be a single paper with questions based on one 800-word text and two passages of 300 words. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.

There will be a selection of question types, including:

    • Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’ 
    • Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’ 
    • Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’ 
    • Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’ 
    • Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’ 

Key Stage 2 Grammar, spelling and punctuation test

The grammar, punctuation and spelling test will consist of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes.

The grammar and punctuation test will include two sub-types of questions:

  • Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’ 
  • Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’ 

Key Stage 2 maths

Children will sit three papers in maths:

    • Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes (written)
    • Papers 2 and 3: mathematical fluency, solving problems and reasoning, 40 minutes per paper 

Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:

    • Multiple choice 
    • True or false 
    • Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart 
    • Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem.

Key Stage 2 science

Not all children in Year 6 will take science SATs. However, a number of schools will be required to take part in science sampling: a test administered to a selected sample of children thought to be representative of the population as a whole. (Monday 6 to Friday 17 June is the science sampling test period in which your child might sit the tests.) For those who are selected, there will be three papers:

    • Biology: 25 minutes, 22 marks 
    • Chemistry: 25 minutes, 22 marks 
    • Physics: 25 minutes, 22 marks

How will Key Stage 2 SATs be marked?

The old system of national curriculum levels is now no longer used, after the department of education abolished it in Summer 2015. Instead, children will be given standardised scores. You will be given your child’s score, alongside the average for our school, the local area and nationally. There will also be a ‘performance descriptor’ of the expected standard for Key Stage 2 pupils. The Department for Education is aiming for 85 per cent of children to reach or exceed that standard.

Are there any sample papers?

Yes - The Government produced sample papers with mark schemes in June 2015. You can have a look at them by clicking here.

You can also see exemplar pieces of children's work for the standards by visiting the Standards and Testing Agency materials here 

Key Stage One Assessments - For Children in Year Two

Click here for more information from the Government.