Parents Reading Eggs – workshop5

Parent workshopsThe focus for our fifth workshop was looking at more resources school have purchased to support English and Maths.

Mrs Lyons had planned for the group to look at Reading Eggs, Mathletics and Spelladrome. So we first looked at Reading Eggs,  we logged on and we each had a set of head phones,  one of our mums already uses this so was able to share how this has already helped her five year old to read.

reading eggsWe completed the reading test and started to look at all the different activities that we could do,  before we knew it the hour workshop was over!

Looks like it’s Mathletics and Spelladrome will have to wait till our last week session next week.

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Parent Workshop start this week

Parent workshopsJust a reminder…

Our Computing Parent Workshops start this week.

They will run for six weeks starting 2.30pm, we will be covering Online Safety, Purplemash and Serial Mash, Blogging and Coding.

There will be lots of hands on and chance to ask questions about  how you can support your child at home with their computing skills.

KeyStage2 SAT’s Information

SATs timetableIn 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.

At the end of Year 6, children will sit tests in: Reading,  Maths, Spelling, punctuation and grammar

These tests will be both set and marked externally, and the results will be used to measure 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

j0432665The reading test will be a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. 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, punctuation and spelling 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

RandomNumbers (Medium)Children will sit three papers in maths:

  • Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes
  • Papers 2 and 3: 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