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Moving Onwards and Upwards Together

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Year 6 Information Session - September 2019


How well do you understand Online Safety?

  • Email
  • Social networking eg Facebook
  • Texting
  • Snapchat
  • Photos & videos on smartphones
  • Everything can be traced, but put on parental controls

If a child wouldn’t do/say in person, THAT is their guide!

Issues arising in Year 6:

  • Misuse of mobile phones/iPad apps
  • Misunderstanding of digital footprints
  • Children are one step ahead of adults

How we prepare our students:

  • Monitored use of internet
  • Online safety lessons
  • Safeguarding lessons
  • Trusted adults

To ensure they are safe you need to:

  • Know what your children are using.
  • Talk to them about being safe on the Internet.          
  • Set rules and boundaries. Give your children a procedure if they find something inappropriate.
  • Monitor/ supervise what they are doing.
  • Educate yourself on the Apps your children are using

High School Admissions:

Using E-Admissions:

Deadline for Admissions: 31st October 2019

Residential Trips:

5 days, 4 nights to PGL Little Canada (Isle of Wight)

Monday 16th March – Friday 20th March

What you will need:

  • Old clothes for practical outdoor activities
  • Energy!
  • Food – cater for vegetarian/ halal and any food allergies (not “picky” allergies!)
  • Staffing – our staff plus their staff – we take our first aiders (min 1:10 ratio)
  • Dorms/rooms always separating boys/girls

National Curriculum Tests:

Monday 11th May to Thursday 14th May

Monday 11th May

English GPS and Spelling

Tuesday 12th May

English Reading

Wednesday 13th May

Mathematics Paper 1 & 2

Thursday 14th May

Mathematics Paper 3

What are National Curriculum Tests?

  • End of key stage 2 assessments
  • Informs High Schools but does not affect the admissions process
  • English – reading, spelling/punctuation/grammar (SPAG/GPS)
  • Writing - assessed across the year on independent pieces of writing
  • Maths 


The changes already made for the 2014 series will be maintained, i.e. the test will last for one hour, to include reading time, and will consist of a selection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry tests, with an accompanying answer booklet. Questions will be roughly in order of difficulty. The paper will be scored out of 50, as currently, with final raw scores being converted into a scaled score, with 100 representing the expected standard. There will be no extension paper.

GPS (Grammar. Punctuation and Spelling):

The structure of the papers will be broadly similar to those currently used: One paper of 45-minute duration will assess punctuation and grammar (50 marks) through short answer questions, while a second test will assess Spelling (20 marks). The spelling test will be read to students, with each spelling contained in a separate sentence as has been the case since 2013. As with Reading, overall marks out of 70 will be converted to a scaled score, with 100 representing the expected standard.

Most questions on the punctuation & grammar paper will be short answers, with some sentence answers towards the end of the paper. There will be no extension paper. 


There will be a 30-minute arithmetic test. This will consist largely of one-mark questions using context-free calculations. There will be some 2-mark questions for long multiplication and long division calculations. In two-mark questions, it will only be possible to obtain single mark for a wrong answer derived from a correct method when using the intended standard method.

There will be a further two test papers, each lasting 40 minutes and containing 40 marks. These will test fluency, reasoning and problem solving, in a manner similar to the current tests. Up to half of the questions will be provided within a context. There will be no calculator paper, and no extension paper. As with other tests, raw scores will be converted to a scaled score, with 100 representing the expected standard.


  • End of July with the report
  • Expected or not (higher level)
  • Scaled score (100+)
  • National comparison

What is Important?

By May, your child feels:

  • Confident
  • Prepared
  • Excited
  • Know what they know, and know how to work out the bits they are not sure about!
  • Are excited about the transition to high school

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