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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. 

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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.

 

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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.

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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

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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:

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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.

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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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