As you will be aware, children in Years 2 and 6 are required to take end of Key Stage statutory assessments in English and Mathematics.  For children in Year 6, these test will take place during the week commencing 14th May – as is the case for all Year 6 children across the country.  These assessments – in reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and mathematics – are completed in school and marked by external organisations, the results of which are used to determine each child’s end of Key Stage attainment.  In addition, children’s writing is not determined by an assessment, but by rigorous teacher assessment of the work they have completed throughout the year.

Testing in KS1 is carried out slightly different in that there is no strict timetable for the assessments, although they must be administered before the end of May.  Assessments for Year 2 children are marked by school staff and the results used, alongside evidence already gathered by the class teacher, to determine the end of Key Stage attainment for these children.  We do not publish an exact timetable for when each of the KS1 assessments will take place as we do not wish for children to become anxious about them – and feel like, as much as possible, they shouldn’t really consider themselves to be taking ‘tests’.

The Department for Education have produced a leaflet at videos for parents to explain these assessments in further details, which we strongly recommend that, if your child is in either Year 2 or 6, you familiarise yourself with.  The leaflet can be downloaded here and the videos watched by following the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-1-and-2-national-curriculum-tests-information-for-parents

Assessments are statutory and all children must complete them and so maintaining good attendance during this period is vital.  Children shouldn’t be worried or stressed about the tests – although whilst we tell them this, we know that they do worry!

Before the end of the academic year, parents of children in Year 2 and 6 will receive a full breakdown of their child’s attainment, which includes the test scores, the teacher assessments and how they have performed in relation to what is expected for children of their age.  Please note that whilst the assessments are completed in May, it is not until the end of June that teacher assessments are reported to the Local Authority and the 10th July when KS2 test results are returned to school.  You will therefore receive this breakdown with your child’s end of year report, which we hope to send out on 13th July.

Please be reassured that, whilst in some schools and areas, there is a huge hype around SATs, in the main there is no need for parents or children to be unduly worried or concerned about them.  We very much understand the need and importance of statutory assessments, but know that theses are mainly used to measure school performance and tell us very little that we, and indeed yourselves, don’t already know about our children.

With this in mind, we don’t hold information evenings or such like for parents.  That said, should you have any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss that you can’t find the answers to here, don’t hesitate to come and see myself, Mrs Quinn or the Year 2/6 class teachers.

Kind regards,

Mr Cooke

 

Monster Pumpkin Challenge

Year 2 are taking part in a national competition to grow a monster-sized pumpkin! The RHS was kind enough to send some gigantic seeds down to All Souls’ to be planted this week for the beginning of the competition. They were fully double the size of a regular seed!

 

The seeds will be carefully monitored, watered and preened over by Year 2 children before being transplanted into larger pots to begin to grow. We expect to see explosive growth in the next couple of weeks (as long as the weather improves – fingers crossed) so stay posted for updates about our pumpkin competitor; name not yet chosen.

 

 

 

 

 

Year 2’s Mousike Ensemble!

This morning Year 2 took part in the KS1 Mousike Ensemble along with several other Coventry primary schools. Children got a chance to show their singing skills and some who have been practising very hard were able to play instruments along with the songs.

Thank you to all of Year 2 for giving this morning your best effort, it was a brilliant showcase of all of your talents.

Saint Patrick’s Day Reminder

 

Remember that our coffee morning is taking place on Friday 16th March, from 9:15am-11:15am. All parents and friends of the school are welcome! Entrance to the event will cost £3 per person, which includes unlimited tea and coffee and a selection of cakes on each table. Additional cakes will also be on offer to purchase, either to eat at the event or to take home for later. Raffle tickets and Irish coffees will also be available for sale on the morning.

On the day itself, all children can come to school dressed up in the Irish colours. In return, we ask that the children bring in cakes that can be sold at the coffee morning. Due to the fact that getting hundreds of cakes ready on the morning is extremely hectic, this year, children are requested to bring these in on the days leading up to the event if at all possible please.

This event relies whole-heartedly on the generosity of our school community and is vital in raising funds for the school, so your support for this is very much appreciated- thank you in advance!

British Science Week 2018

This week is British Science Week (9-18th March 2018)

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British Science Week, run by the British Science Association, is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths.

This year’s theme is ‘Exploration and Discovery’

Due to an extremely busy Spring term so far and a very short half term until we break up for Easter with lots of exciting things to still pack in tightly, we have made the decision to move our celebrations of British Science Week into the Summer term.

That’s not to say Science won’t be celebrated this week through our usual exciting Science lessons but we want to ensure we give it the credit it is due and truly give it an All Souls’ spin! Stay tuned to find out more information about what exciting visitors we have booked, competitions you can enter, activities that we have planned and, of course, an opportunity for us to dress up!

In the meantime, if you would like to find out more about British Science Week or find out about how you can get involved at home, please visit: https://www.britishscienceweek.org/

Saint Patrick’s Coffee Morning!

 

We would like to warmly invite all parents (of all year groups) to our St. Patrick’s Day Coffee morning which is taking place on Friday 16th March, from 9:15am-11:15am. The morning will be a chance to celebrate the day by getting together over a coffee and a cake and being entertained by music, the school choir and our very own Irish dancers. As is now tradition, you will be served your tea and coffee by our budding baristas in Year 5 and Giles Evans will be compering and singing for us!

Entrance to the event will cost £3 per person, which includes unlimited tea and coffee and a selection of cakes on each table. Additional cakes will also be on offer to purchase, either to eat at the event or to take home for later. Raffle tickets and Irish coffees will also be available for sale on the morning.

To make this morning a success, we are asking for your help in donating prizes for the raffle. If you have any unwanted gifts at home or are able to donate anything at all (chocolates, bottles etc.), please bring them into me at school at the earliest opportunity. If you have any contacts with local businesses who may be willing to help provide prizes, contacting them on our behalf would be much appreciated.

On the day itself, all children can come to school dressed up in the Irish colours. In return, we ask that the children bring in cakes that can be sold at the coffee morning. Due to the fact that getting hundreds of cakes ready on the morning is extremely hectic, this year, children are requested to bring these in on the days leading up to the event if at all possible please.

This event relies whole-heartedly on the generosity of our school community and is vital in raising funds for the school, so your support for this is very much appreciated- thank you in advance!

Miss Frearson

 

Safer Internet Week: Day 2

Today in Year 2 we have considered our favourite uses of the internet. Children discussed what a ‘digital footprint’ was and how people may find out about the things you like.

We have created our own footprint and decorated them by adding known and trusted sites we use.

Safer Internet Day – Year 2 Connections

Year 2 have kickstarted our week of thinking about staying safe online. We began the day by sharing a story about who to turn to for help when you are unhappy about a comment online.

Children replicated an online forum in the classroom and wowed me with their thoughtful comments about each piece of work.

 

In the afternoon, we began to think about connections we make – both with those around us in person and through the internet. By mapping out the connections within our class we could quickly see how much we have in common with those around us.