Year 3

Year 3 Opening

Our first ever Year 3 will open in September 2019 with Beale and Carlisle classes.
Please note that the school day for children in Key Stage 2 will end at 3:25pm.

Dear parents/carers of children in current Year 2,

Starting Key Stage 2 (Year 3)

It was good to see so many of you at our end of Key Stage 1 celebration and to hear about your child moving into Key Stage 2. You can access the presentation below.

The materials for the first Intergrated Learning Project theme have been emailed to you, so that you are able to prepare your child for learning in September.

Please note that for the beginning of Year 3 you will need:

  • a small named rucksack (to complement the school uniform and to hold A5 reading books and homework books and a water bottle)
  • a named water bottle
  • A PE bag containing PE kit and trainers (not plimsolls)

Your child’s locker needs to hold their rucksack, PE bag and coat. The dimension of the locker is 30cm wide, 45cm tall and 43cm deep which should be perfectly adequate.

All other equipment will be provided in school.

Further details regarding the curriculum and how you can support at home will be given at our curriculum evening in September.

You will receive a letter before the beginning of term with instructions about how to choose and pay for meals and also what you will need to do if you plan to send a packed lunch (for Year 3 children only).

Please note that the school day for children in Key Stage 2 will end at 3:25pm. Children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 will continue to end the school day at 3:15pm.

Thank you once again for your ongoing support. We wish you an enjoyable and restful summer holiday and look forward to seeing you in September. School reopens for pupils in Years 1 to 3 on Wednesday 4thSeptember.

Revd. D. Norris                                                Mrs E. Walton
Executive Headteacher                                   Head of School

 

Please note that for the beginning of Year 3 your child will need:

  • a small named rucksack (to hold A5 reading books and homework books and a water bottle)
  • a named water bottle
  • A PE bag containing PE kit and trainers (not plimsolls)

Many thanks to the parents and carers who joined us on Thursday 18 July 2019 for the end of Key Stage 1 celebration.

Here is the presentation

 

Clarification of Key Stage 1 Assessments and Provision of Test Scores

At the year 3 information evening last week. we agreed that we would send parents the scores of the tests that were used to support and inform the overall assessment judgements at the end of Key Stage 1. This information was posted to you on Friday 26 July 2019 and will arrive with you in a few days. We have also included an information leaflet about the national curriculum assessment.

Reading

As part of their normal classroom activities, children took two reading tests. The maximum score for these combined tests was 40. Each child’s score in these tests was then converted to a scaled score in order that comparison with the performance of children in these tests nationally can be made.  Children who were at or close to a scaled score of 100 are likely to have achieved the expected standard. The reading tests do not provide all of the evidence that a teacher needs in order to make a judgement that a child is working within or at a greater depth within the expected standard. Alongside the compulsory reading tests, your child has also undertaken further diagnostic assessments with the class teacher, who has also regularly marked work and observed performance in the classroom.
Children receive one of the following overall judgements:

Not yet meeting the expected standard
Working at the expected standard
Working at greater depth within the expected standard

Mathematics

As part of their normal classroom activities, children took two compulsory mathematics tests, one focusing on arithmetic and the second on reasoning. The maximum score for these combined tests was 60. In the same was as ‘reading’, the score is converted to a scaled score for national comparison. In marking their assessment judgements, teachers also use their knowledge of the children’s performance in mathematics lessons and from the work in their mathematics books. Children receive one of the following overall judgements:

Not yet meeting the expected standard
Working at the expected standard
Working at greater depth within the expected standard

Grammar, Punctuation, Vocabulary, Spelling and Writing

At St Jérôme School we made the decision for children to sit these optional tests, the first in spelling and the second in punctuation and vocabulary. The maximum score of these combined tests is 40. Performance in these tests contributes, in part, to the judgement that teachers make for writing. The critical difference between the test scores and the overall assessment for writing is that the test does not assess applied spelling and grammar (when actually writing). it is important that children are increasingly able to spell words correctly and to correctly form and punctuate their sentences to be working within or at greater depth in writing. The quality of handwriting is also considered. In writing, children receive one of the following overall judgements:

Not yet meeting the expected standard
Working at the expected standard
Working at greater depth within the expected standard

Science

There are no science tests for children in Key Stage 1. The assessment is based on the quality of work that children undertake during science lessons and reflects their knowledge and their ability to think and work scientifically, There are no criteria for working at greater depth in science at Key Stage 1 and as a result, children will receive one of the following judgements:

Not yet meeting the expected standard
Working at the expected standard

 

We are extremely pleased with the performance of each and every child and look forward to building on their current achievements as they begin Key Stage 2.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child’s assessment, please do not hesitate to discuss it with your child’s class teacher at the beginning of Year 3

Revd. D. Norris                                                Mrs E. Walton
Executive Headteacher                                   Head of School