Well done Year 6!

Well done to Year 6 for successfully completing a tough week of SATs tests. They have worked tremendously hard and shown a great deal of maturity this week. The whole class should be very proud.

I also want to thank all of the staff at school for their support throughout the week as well as in the build-up to this week. Everyone has gone out of their way to help in any way they can, including giving up their own time to support the children. It is greatly appreciated.

Thank you and well done to you all!!

Year 6 SATs

Year 6 SATs

As you may be aware, Year 6 will be taking their SATs next week (14th – 17th May). Year 6 children should arrive at school at normal time (8:30) each day. On Monday and Wednesday, when no clubs will be taking place in the morning, children are welcome to enter through the hall where Mr Cooke/Mrs Quinn and I will greet them. On Tuesday and Thursday, when clubs will be taking place in the hall, children should enter school as normal and meet in the dining hall.

We will provide some toast and squash for the children to ensure they are fuelled up and ready to focus on each test. All tests will take place in the morning and be completed before lunchtime. The tests will be completed in the following order:

  • Monday 14th May – English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2
  • Tuesday 15th May – English reading comprehension
  • Wednesday 16th May – Mathematics papers 1 (arithmetic) and 2 (reasoning)
  • Thursday 17th May – Mathematics paper 3 (reasoning)

Throughout the week, we will use the afternoons to both relax as well as prepare for the test that is coming up the follow day.

It is a legal requirement for all children to sit their SATs tests. If your child is ill during the week, please contact us as early as possible so that arrangement can be made.

As I have assured the children on many occasions, SATs are nothing to worry about and are an opportunity for them to show how much they have learned during their time in KS2. They should be seen as a challenge and an opportunity and I have every confidence in each and every child. With this in mind, no homework has been set this weekend as I feel it would be more beneficial for children to have a break and arrive at school on Monday feeling refreshed. However, if children would like to do some additional preparation then practising spellings and times tables, reading aloud or working through any additional practise materials will help them.

If you have any queries throughout the week, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Many thanks,

Mr Marsh

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

 

Congratulations to Year 6!

Congratulations to all the Year children on their Confirmation this weekend. The service was excellent and many parishioners commented on how well the children did and how grown up they appeared. To use a quote from one particular parishioner, who is actively involved in the activities of the church: ‘the year group is a real credit to the school.’

I’d also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported the children throughout the process as well as everyone who helped to mark the occasion with this weekend.

Year 6 continued their local heritage study at the War Memorial Park today. They attended the ‘Tale of Two Soldiers’ session, based on two local soldiers who fought in World War 1. The children broadened their knowledge of WW1 and WW2, as well as learning about the impact that it had on the local area. After the session, the children had the chance to go inside the cenotaph and

explore some more of the memorials within the park, learning about who they were dedicated to.

 

Year 6 Confirmation

Year 6 will be taking their Confirmation on Sunday 29th April at 11:15. Please ensure that the children arrive at church no later than 11:00 so they have time to show their sponsor to their seat and then meet in the Parish Room at 11:05.

During the service, the sponsor will go onto the altar with the child they are sponsoring and place their hand on the right shoulder of the child.

There are no specific requirements regarding what the children need to wear for the service, however, please ensure they are dressed smartly to help mark the significance of the occasion.

As always, everyone is welcome in the Parish Room after mass for refreshments and if the weather is favourable then it may be nice for the children have some photos taken in the Peace Garden.

We are looking forward to seeing you there to help us all celebrate.

 

Kind regards,

 

Mr Marsh

What a way to start our day!

Well done to all of the members of Dance Club who helped to kick start our Wednesday morning with some fabulous performances. They performed a variety of dance routines with oodles of confidence and huge smiles, really entertaining us all!

Many thanks to Mrs Cooke for all of her hard work and thank you to all friends and family who were able to come along and show the children some support!

 

Year 6 – Herbert Art Gallery Trip

Year 6 had a great day at the Herbert Art Gallery today. They were learning about ‘Coventry at War’ as well as looking through the Coventry Archives in order to learn more about the War Memorial Park for local heritage study.

Year 6 began their local heritage study of the War Memorial park this week by exploring the park and making a list of questions that they want to find the answers to. They will be continuing the study next week at the Herbert Art Gallery when they undertake the ‘Coventry at War’ session and have a look at the Coventry Archives.

Here are some photos that they are basing their questions and research around….along with a few selfies!