May 2018

Assessment

Key Stage 2 National Test Materials

On 29th May 2018, the DfE publicly released the test materials from this year's Key Stage 2 National Tests.

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

 

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Assessment

SATs 2018 Round-up: surprises, challenges and lessons-learnt

Thanks to Tennyson Road, Christ Church CE Primary, and Medmerry Primary school for sharing their reactions to the 2018 SATs. 

How did you find the SATs this year?  Tweet us your thoughts on this year's tests @RSAssessment

Tennyson Road Primary School

“Thanks to Rising Stars resources, our children were well prepared and took on the challenge with enthusiasm” - Carla Gotch, Tennyson Road Primary School

‘I really enjoyed that Miss!’ was the cry from Kestrel class after closing their final paper on Thursday Morning. A smile creeping across my face. If nothing else I had done my job right! 30 happy children all confident and enjoying SATs! Or maybe that was just the SATs breakfast they had each day...

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Assessment

Interim Pre-Key Stage 2 standards

On 24th May 2018, the DfE released the 2018/2019 Pre-Key Stage 2 standards teacher assessment frameworks.

From the 2018/2019 academic year onwards these pre-key stage standards must be used to make statutory teacher assessment judgements for children working below the national curriculum tests at the end of KS2.

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Assessment

What does active assessment look like in Primary schools?

Far too often, assessment is divorced from teaching and learning because it is a relatively passive experience. 

Thanks to John Dabell, trained teacher and former Ofsted inspector, for the following article.

Assessment makes a significant difference to learning, especially when children are actively involved in their own learning, when assessment is an essential part of the learning experience and when assessment boosts self-esteem and motivation.

The first and most important principle of learning is that children are engaged in the process. Assessment isn’t done to children but with them as an active process.

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Curriculum

Ofsted’s Bold Beginnings Report and Rising Stars Mathematics in the Early Years

In this blog, Jane Winter, author of Rising Stars Mathematics in the Early Years, takes on Ofsted's Bold Beginnings report point by point and pulls out the key takeaways for Mathematical teaching in early years. 

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Curriculum

7 Top Tips for Introducing Metacognition into your Primary School

The EEF has published its latest guidance report, designed to support teachers in changing their classroom practice to improve their pupils’ metacognitive skills. Read their 7 key recommendations for introducing metacognition into the primary classroom. Read more »
Curriculum

Maths SATs Humour to Brighten Up Your Week

6 humorous questions that you won't see in this year's KS2 Maths SATs... Read more »
Curriculum

Closing the disadvantaged gap in maths for good

The gap between the attainment of disadvantaged children and all children may be narrowing but remains a concern. How can that gap be closed more rapidly and for good?

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Curriculum

Mental Health Awareness Week

It's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek so we've got some free lessons for you on perserverance and overcoming challenges. 

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Curriculum

A Bloody Investigation!

In this blog post Sue Evans, science coordinator at Phoenix Primary, explains how she had fun teaching her class about what's in our blood through a fun practical lesson. 

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