Statutory assessments, good weather and photograph feedback.


Dear Parents and Carers,
With the weather being dryer and warmer our children are now being able to use our field at break and lunchtimes. It’s good that they can use this lovely facility. It has also been good to see our children using our new golf course at lunchtimes. Classes will have a week each using our golf course. 3/4B have been using it this week and have really enjoyed doing so. Other KS 2 classes will use it this half term and then our 1/2 classes will be able to use it in the second half of this term.
Before the holiday we consulted with parents about which style of class photograph they would like. The overwhelming majority (at 29 to 60) told us they wanted the ‘fun’ style of photograph. We have therefore arranged for this to take place on Monday 5th June.

The summer term always brings with it the statutory government assessments. Through these assessments it is very important that children show how good their learning is. Our internal assessments show that the attainment of our children is likely to be higher in these assessments this year than in those of last year. Despite the great significance that the government places on these assessments, we do want children and parents to know that the children are well prepared for them and that they should not worry about them. A summary of the statutory assessments children will be having is below.Reception—Early Years Foundation Stage Profile; assessments are made by staff over the course of the year and the children will not notice any difference to what has happened all year.

Year 1— Phonics screen in June; children have already done similar assessments with Mrs Tattersall and are well prepared through their phonics groups.

Year 2—KS 1 SATs; the basis of which is continual assessment by teachers of what the children do in class. There will be some formal assessments in the style of those that we use internally but the teacher assessment is the key factor.

Year 6—KS 2 SATs; these are formal assessments which take place week beginning 8th May.

Parents are told the outcome of these assessments through the annual report to parents for their child/ren at the end of the school year.

Regards

Mr M Carter-Tufnell

Headteacher