# December 2015

Curriculum

## Thoughts on the 2018 SATs - Reading

It has been ten years since the KS2 test included poetry (cast your minds back to the themed ‘Rain & Shine’ reading booklet in 2008 where pupils were presented two poems related to rain) so were you and your colleagues surprised to open the reading booklet this year to find a poem?

Curriculum

## Thoughts on the 2018 SATs - Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

We asked Shareen Mayers to share her thoughts and initial reactions to the 2018 KS2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test…

Assessment

## Reception baseline assessment: What schools need to know

On 6th June 2018, the DfE released information about the introduction of the new reception baseline assessment in autumn 2020.

Why is the reception baseline assessment being introduced?

The new assessment will provide a snapshot of where pupils begin when they arrive at school, which will then be used to measure the progress they make by the end of Year 6.

Curriculum

## Football Freebie!

It's the start of the World Cup! Could this be England's year? You might not be getting your hopes up but the team should at least get to their matches on time, unlike Tess in this latest Comet Street Kids free eBook.

Curriculum

## Thoughts on the 2018 SATs - Mathematics

The dissection (and opinions!) of the 2018 mathematics papers have begun. This blog provides an analysis of the key themes across all three papers.

Curriculum

## Top 10 Points for Outstanding Primary History Teaching

Bev Forest, a primary education expert specialising in history, shares some of the features she's seen on her school visits which she feels most contribute to an effective learning experience for pupils and support you in developing your history teaching from good to outstanding.

Assessment

## 2018 Key Stage 1 Scaled Score Conversion Tables

On 1st June 2018, the DfE released the scaled score conversion tables for the 2018 KS1 national tests.

Range of scaled scores

The range of scaled scores available is the same as set in 2016.  Pupils scoring at least 100 will have met the expected standard and a pupil awarded a score of 99 or fewer has not met the expected standard.

• The lowest scaled score that can be awarded is 85
• The highest scaled score that can be awarded is 115

Assessment

## Key Stage 1 National Test materials

On 1st June 2018, the DfE publicly released the test materials from this year’s Key Stage 1 National Tests.

The test papers and mark schemes for all subjects can be found here:

Assessment

## The Year 6 SATs are over, so what next for Year 5?

Thanks to Ruth Duckworth, Year 6 Teacher/Writing Lead at Christ Church C of E Primary School, for this really insightful piece full of handy hints and tips for transitioning your Year 5s into Year 6.

The Year 6 SATs are over for another year; writing pieces will soon complete the end of Key Stage 2 assessments and many staff will breathe more easily for a few weeks - until ‘data day’ in early July. So, many of you will be thinking about the next cohort to come into Year 6.