I'm not sure about anybody else...but I think I may have blinked and missed the summer holidays; they have positively flown by, haven't they?
Anyway, welcome to another brilliant year at St. George's. This one is the best one yet. There are a lot of exciting things to look forward to and a lot of hard work to get through on the way, but we have a dedicated team of adults who are always on hand to help with anything.
Keep your eyes peeled because we will share bits and pieces regularly on here as the year progresses, including what we're getting up to in class and ways to help your child.
If you need to speak to either of us at any point, just phone the office, or drop in and we'll be happy to see you (or make an appointment to see you).
Just a quick head's up re. timetabling - Class 12 will be having P.E. on a Monday and a Thursday. Please make sure that your child has an appropriate P.E. kit. The weather has started to turn as well, so please consider sending in a plain tracksuit top or sweatshirt in your child's house colour (they'll know!).
We look forward to meeting you over the coming weeks,
Miss Lewis & Mr Holmes
Our Class Assembly
Our class assembly is on October 5th at 8.50am. You are welcome to come along and to stay for the rest of the morning if you'd like to.
We celebrate class liturgies every Tuesday, which are led by the children. They plan, rehearse and deliver them. As a school, we feel that children should be at the centre of their learning!
We use Talk 4 Writing to deliver our English teaching... it is an interactive and scaffolded approach to English which is having great results in school. For more info see the Curriculum page for English (also on the school website!
We are going to the Briars again this year (which we are already looking forward to!) and we hope that all of our year 6s can join us. It's a little bit earlier than last years trip. It is actually the week immediately following the Easter holidays so the office will be requesting deposits very soon.
Children blossom and mature in so many ways at the Briars... it is a privilege to be part of it, so if you do nothing else in the next couple of weeks, please book your child's place for this residential.
What are SATs?
All primary aged pupils in England are tested at the end of Key Stage 1 (year 2) and Key Stage 2 (year 6). Many schools run 'unofficial' optional SATs in years 3 to 5 as well.
Year 6 children take their tests on set dates in early May. Results are then submitted to the school's local authority and to parents by the end of the summer term.
Which subjects are covered?
Year 6 children are tested in spelling, punctuation and grammar (known as the SPAG test), reading and maths (with 1 arithmetic and 2 'reasoning' tests). Their writing is now assessed by the teacher rather than formally tested and as of 2013. Currently, science is not tested through SATS but rather through our own assessments in school (from Rising Stars).
Will I be told the results?
Yes, by law parents must be given their children's results, broken down by subject, at the end of the summer term in years 2 and 6.
What sort of results will we be given?
At the end of year 6, the children will receive a scaled-score which we will then convert to let you know whether they have reached the expected standard for year 6 children.
It is essential to remember, though, that the progress of a child over their time in school is what is really important, both academically and personally. Not all children will reach the expected standard and some should be achieving a greater depth of learning.
So how much do SATs matter for my year 6 child?
We'd love to say they don't have any significance but some secondary schools base their year 7 sets on children's year 6 scores (others carry out their own testing). But remember that sets can and do change throughout secondary school, so even if your son or daughter ends up lower than you expected, they might move up later on.
Because we recognise the significance of early intervention for children who will benefit from it, we have already timetabled some very focussed catch up and extension sessions to give all children the very best chance of fulfilling their potential. These will start later this term.
First and foremost, SATs are there to help parents get a feel for how their child is progressing and for the education officials to assess how schools are doing. And, of course, remember that your child's year 6 SATs will NOT end up on their CV or job applications when they're grown-ups - they aren't worth you or them losing sleep over!