As the last week of the year approaches there has been a lot to do. Over the last few weeks I have been reading every pupil report written by class teachers. The annual reports are written to give parents and carers an overview of their child’s year. We comment on attainment (the level a child reaches compared with age-expectation) and the effort made by the child across the year. It is true to say that most children at Unsworth are given good or excellent effort grades. Class teachers also make comments about the children’s attitudes to their learning and to their relationships with others. It is often a child’s attitude to their learning, rather than their ability, which leads to their success as a learner.
By far my favourite part of a child’s annual report is their comment section. Even our youngest children in Y1 make a written observation on their learning. As the children move through the school, they show their understanding of how important it is that they work hard and try their best. This year it has been lovely to read how many children have really enjoyed our enquiry curriculum and how many children are recognising their own progress.
Most of my week since Tuesday has been taken up with checking and analysing our Y6 SAT results. The results of the tests the Y6 children take in May are published on line. This happened on Tuesday morning. In May, our Y6 children took tests in reading, mathematics and spelling, punctuation and grammar. We were delighted to see that our attainment levels were higher than previous years. We were particularly pleased that 60% of our Y6 children achieved a level 5 (above age expectation) in reading and in spelling, punctuation and grammar. Just over 50% achieved a level 5 in maths with a couple of children achieving level 6 in maths. We were also pleased that 100% of children in Y6 made expected progress in reading and 94% in maths. Both are above national figures. Our Y6 pupils should be very proud of the hard work which has led to such excellent results!
As I write my blog this weekend I am beginning to pack my case for the Y5 residential adventure holiday at Robinwood Activity Centre in Todmorden. The trip lasts for three days and the children get the opportunity to take part in all sorts of adventurous activities such as bouldering, archery and climbing. Y5 parents-look out for my messages from Robinwood on the Y5 blog!