Interesting reply, but I feel it's missing the point .
"4a might be the highest level that your school is prepared to teach at in Year 4 but Sats levels are to do with ability not age "
The question was weather the book was useful , as it was said it was confusing, scary and the fact it was gathering Spider webs suggests to me that some found it completely useless. All I was saying was my DS found it useful and helped his result. We didn't find it useless at all and certainly not gathering spider webs
He uses it all the time. I also did not say that SAT levels are to do with age and not ability. SATS levels are all about ability, isn't that obvious tough?!
I wasn't referring to his age in relation to his level, I was just saying I believe the book helped him a lot and contributed to his level.
Also, 4a is not the level the school is prepared to teach, its the mximum level that they will award at the end of year 4 and will not award a level 5.
The reason for this was this actual words from his teacher "Your son is Level 5, but we can't award level 5 because we have not covered level 5 materials in year 4..." . That's makes sense actually.
" It is a record of what level your writing has reached in the work that is available to you in that year
I find this difficult to understand . Yes, indeed , the assessment was based on their work for the WHOLE YEAR; so you are saying a whole year of work and assessments every half term does not represent a child ability?! Is not a month, it's the whole academic year.
"Students could well be writing at a far higher level at home but may not have the opportunity to show this level in school work
"I know of Maths students who were Level 7 at primary school but only because that level work was available to them in extension work. I also know of Year Three and Four students on Level Six English but this is not work they are doing at school
"may not have the opportunity to show this level in school work
"?! For the whole year?! Why not? why didnt the child have the opportunity to show his or her HIGHER level works which he or she does at home the for WHOLE ONE YEAR? The majority of their work at home are school work, which are then handed in the next few days or the following week, are they not? Is your child doing a whole lot of extra writing at home that are much higher quality but not seen by his / her teacher? And assuming he / she does that, so he / she writes at a lower level at school in all his or her school work FOR THE WHOLE YEAR and then go home and write at a HIGHER LEVEL? I'm just trying to understand how that happens. My DS doesn't do a lot of writing outside the school work he was given for the whole year, so I take my hat off if you child did/ does that. With school clubs, sports, martial arts, violin, orchestra, piano, language class - there was not much time my DS could find to do extra work in creative writing at home. He probably write at a different level too if he did. If he did, do you think he would have written at a lower level at home and only write at a higher level at school FOR THE WHOLE YEAR? That seems to be the undertone, that he might have done well in school but probably not representative of his actual level, so he could be lower level?
Granted, that could be the case withs some children, but won't the overal achivements in all subject indicates the chid's ability? If you are suggesting that the 4a was probably a fluke, would it be a fluke too that he achieved level 5 in all subjects in first term in year 5? My point is, the level of the child could be judged by his or her level in all other subjects, so that negates subtantially the "random level" theory you just proposed.
Yes, DS is doing creative writing for 11+.
P/S Apology if my own written English is poor though, English is my THIRD language.
You can see the number of edits I do in my posts! :0) I know, its an excuse, but just incase you are wondering why my own written English is low level!
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