May 2018

Assessment

7 things you need to know about standardised scores and scaled scores

Scaled scores and standardised scores – what’s the difference?

With so many different assessment measures being used throughout primary schools, we’re often asked to clarify the difference between them. So we’ve gone back to the drawing board to provide some quick facts about two key test outcomes: scaled scores and standardised scores (because while both show performance, they aren’t quite the same thing).

 

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Curriculum

Should maths be real life?

In this blog article, Nick Hart discusses the effectiveness of using real-life problems in maths.

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Curriculum

Out of the hat! Magic with maths

In this blog article, John Dabell demonstrates how maths can be combined with magic tricks to bring numbers to life.

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Curriculum

FREE KS2 lesson starters every day in March

Every day in March, we will be sharing Year 6 questions from Assessment Bank on Twitter and Facebook which you can use to test your class' knowledge ahead of the National Tests.

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e-Assessment Awards 2018 Finalist

We are excited to announce that RS Assessment from Hodder Education has been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Best Use of Formative Assessment’ category for the e-Assessment Awards 2018!

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e-Assessment Awards 2018 Finalists

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Assessment

6 things you need to know about the new 2018 KS2 writing teacher assessment framework

We asked Shareen Mayers to share her personal views on what the new KS2 writing teacher assessment framework means for schools, and to highlight some of the salient points. Please note that this guidance relates to KS2 writing only.

Please see Shareen’s previous article for a summary of the key changes to writing, including a greater focus on composition.

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Building and boosting vocabulary to improve results in reading and grammar tests

Thanks to Ruth Duckworth  for the following article.

One of the areas that has been identified as a weakness for Year 6 pupils taking end of Key Stage 2 reading tests relates to content domain 2a: ‘give or explain the meaning of words in context’.  This is an ongoing concern for teachers, as 20% of the questions on the 2017 reading SATs paper focused on this domain.

Further reaching than Year 6, teachers from Year 2 and across Key Stage 2 know that the increased pitch of vocabulary in both English reading and grammar, punctuation and spelling test papers is a challenge for many pupils - especially when undertaking more formal SATs type format tests (whether half-termly or at the end of each term).  It is therefore imperative to read widely with all children, plan English lessons around high quality texts, and also explicitly teach new vocabulary in context across wider curriculum subjects.

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Curriculum

Modelling and explaining a mathematical concept

In this blog article, Nick Hart proposes 5 phases of teacher modelling to set children up to succeed.

 

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Why you should forget ability groups in maths

In this blog article, John Dabell discusses why between-class ability grouping in maths should be abandoned.  

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