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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 1:53 pm 
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Dear All

Newbie to the forum but have learnt a huge amount by reading through posts from different members. I am a bit confused and would appreciate responses on this :? :? .

How are children expected to write instructions in the CSSE exam? Would it need to be bulleted or numbered? Does it need time connectives? Does it need headings? Do the materials need to be listed?

How are Children expected to fit in these within 5-6 lines in the CSSE paper? Are these marked irrespective of whether they follow the SATs paper guidelines or are these followed strictly? :roll:

Thanks in advance


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:15 pm 
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2childdad wrote:
Dear All

Newbie to the forum but have learnt a huge amount by reading through posts from different members. I am a bit confused and would appreciate responses on this :? :? .

How are children expected to write instructions in the CSSE exam? Would it need to be bulleted or numbered? Does it need time connectives? Does it need headings? Do the materials need to be listed?

How are Children expected to fit in these within 5-6 lines in the CSSE paper? Are these marked irrespective of whether they follow the SATs paper guidelines or are these followed strictly? :roll:

Thanks in advance


Given that the mark scheme for the familiarisation paper mentions that punctuation is important, I would assume that proper sentences would be expected, rather than bullet points (unless your DC is really running out of time when complete instructions or whatever as bullet points rather than very incomplete pieces written in full sentences might be better). The section is labelled Continuous Writing, as well, which I would take to be a pointer.

Continuous Writing 15 marks
This will be marked as one piece of work and the candidate will be assessed on accuracy,
spelling, punctuation, the quality of writing and originality.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:35 pm 
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No idea sorry. Like toadmum I am assuming that it is a flowing piece of writing in full sentances but as there has not been a specific mark scheme released we are just guessing.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 5:52 am 
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Thank you both for your responses - much appreciated. I hope that that those who actually mark these papers show some flexibility rather than following guidelines.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:54 am 
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2childdad wrote:
Thank you both for your responses - much appreciated. I hope that that those who actually mark these papers show some flexibility rather than following guidelines.


Umm... However it is marked, it would have to be fair and consistent, so I would personally hope that there would be very well-written guidelines for the markers.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:32 am 
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You are correct, of course from a fair and consistency point of view.

However, is'nt some inconsistency inevitable in writing, unlike other sections in English or Maths?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 11:12 am 
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Some English teachers swap schools when marking to help with consistency.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:27 am 
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Hi

If it is of any help, my daughter wrote the instructions as a continuous piece of writing and got a good mark for her English paper, a raw score of 47/60 (obviously, we do not know how this piece of writing was marked and if this is was what was expected).

Good luck xx


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:35 am 
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Hi Dotty12345

That is really helpful and strengthens the view espoused before by other members. Thanks for sharing your views.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:29 pm 
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Hi All,
Just wondering if more paper would be provided if required for the kids for the continuous writing ?


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