Google QCA optional tests year 4 - you will find there are two years' worth which are in circulation and this is what a lot of schools use to teacher assess levels one or more times during the school year. There are two different maths papers with a different spread of NC levels possible. e.g. my daughter got a 4a at the end of year 4 from the optional QCA paper - I think I am right in saying that the harder paper only goes up to 4a. If you set up another thread on here you might get some teachers answering about these optional papers.
Thanks Mystery ! I will open a new thread to ask about QCA test.
Some newer optional papers have been developed for used in years 3, 4 and 5 but I don't think many schools shell out the money for them.
You should be able to ask the school if they use the optional papers --- maybe be a bit surreptitious in the way you ask. They may say they just do all their assessments using Assessing Pupil Progress (APP) - they should be able to show you where he is on a big grid for each subject using APP.
Are there any links to APP. Think I should do my homework before asking about it to the teacher. Never heard of it before.
What the teacher says doesn't quite hang together --- he says your son has made more progress than he thought he would, but he didn't tell you in the Autumn term what he thought he could do / couldn't do --- so how does he know that your son has moved on this year?
I did feel very confused.
You are not going to change the teacher. Best thing is to have your own plan at home to raise standards and then beat the teacher at his own game in the summer term with a good grade in the tests they use. Thing is --- he needs to give your son the right QCA paper otherwise he doesn't have a chance (certainly in the maths) to get above a certain level.
I don't know what 'right QCA' paper / level means ?
Just to complicate things, NC levels are on their way out soon, and the new national curriculum is on the way in. Is your year 4 child being taught the new national curriculum (early) or still doing the old one until the end of year 4? Schools have the optionof adopting the new one this school year for years 3 and 4.
What is the new change ? it is already so difficult to understand the current system. (All these levels and papers). Would be nice if they just do a simple percentage/raw score based system for each year and then report it at the end (preferably with some ranking).
Try using CGP books in maths. Buy the books for each level - so do the level 3 book and the tests at the end, and the same for level 4. Aim to have covered a lot of the level 4 stuff by the end of year 4 if you can if you are wanting to go superselective. Buy a SPAG book too and work through that.
Just went on CGP website - https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/Parent/books_ks2_maths
There are 6 types of books - which one/ones to choose ?
What is his reading and writing like?
Avid reader refuses to read loudly with us though. Handwriting is not as pretty as his sister but quite neat and easily readable.Reading and writing same levels as Maths.