Many thanks to all of you who attended the year 6 parents' meeting last night. It was wonderful to have such a big turn out. There have been many changes made to the way in which your child will be assessed at the end of Key Stage 2. The most significant of these being the change from levels to scaled scores. As explained in the meeting, your child will achieve two scores in Reading, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling and Maths. The fist score will be a raw score showing what your child achieved on the test e.g.. 32 out of 50. This will then be converted to a scaled score. The scaled scores will range between 80 and 130. 100 will indicate that a child in on track at the end of Key Stage 2. A score of less than 100 will indicate the child is working below this and a score of 100 plus will indicate a deeper level of learning.
This year also sees the introduction of the Mental Arithmetic paper. This paper has 36 calculations which need to be completed in 30 minutes. In addition to this, the children will also be sitting two reasoning papers that will cover the other areas of mathematics with a strong focus on problem solving.
In order to support your children, it is essential that all pupils are completing their mathletics weekly and achieving 1000 points, They also need to ensure that they are completing their spelling and grammar homework. As mentioned in the meeting, please challenge your children with the literature they are reading. The books your child reads should be appropriate for their age and children should be able to read sections and sustain their reading for between 15- 20 minutes.
If you wish to purchase resources to support your child, please make sure these are for the new National Curriculum. There are lots of free resources available on line. In particular, bbc KS2 bitesize is an excellent resource.
In order to support you, we have attached the presentation from last nights' meeting to this article. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact your child's class teacher. We are here to help and support you.
The Year 6 team.