20 October 2017

Dear Parent/Carer,

Year 7 P1 Assessment Information

‘Periodic 1’ assessments in English, Maths and Science are due to be undertaken imminently. There will be opportunity to discuss your child's progress on Parent Consultation Day in December.

Based upon analysis of P1 assessments, combined with the information gained from KS2 data and professional judgement of staff, there is anticipated to be some teaching group changes in January 2018.

Any changes will be clearly communicated with parents/carers and child in January if a group change affects them. Please use the opportunity of Parent Consultation Day to have an open dialogue with class teachers and gain an understanding of progress being made by your child.

In preparation for ‘P1’ assessments could I please ask that you encourage your son/daughter to revise at home on a regular basis over the next few weeks; this will allow them to demonstrate what they know in the assessments and help them build future foundations for revision patterns as they move through school. This will stand them in good stead for future assessments and public examinations.

In addition to the subject specific revision included below, please take note of the following advice from Mrs Milne, Learning Support Co-ordinator about ‘good habits’ for your child to develop.

Many students are slow at reading and have difficulty understanding text because they have not become fluent readers through regular practice. Reading for pleasure develops reading fluency and comprehension, improves vocabulary and increases general knowledge. It also develops the skills needed for writing and problem solving skills. Just 20 minutes reading a day could have a significant impact on your child’s achievement.

Many students are slow at writing because they print, others have very untidy handwriting. Touch-typing is one of the most valuable skills you can learn. The benefits include speed and accuracy as well as time saved when writing and reduces tiredness. It helps you to focus on the content of what you are writing. It also gives you the option of correcting errors as they appear.  Visit http://www.typingstudy.com for a free online course or search for one which suits your child better. The skill can be mastered quite quickly and once learned, is never forgotten.

Students encounter large quantities of new vocabulary in their courses, particularly when listening to teachers. The ability to spell the words correctly in note-taking, for looking up in dictionaries and books and for searching on the internet, will significantly affect their academic achievement. Encourage your child to practice spelling common words and key subject words correctly.

 

Yours sincerely,

Miss Hampson

Head of Year 7

 

Science

The P1 assessment is used as a baseline test. It is a 60 mark test and takes one lesson and will be completed in the first two weeks following half term.

P1 Content:

Section 1 – Key stage 2 work

Section 2 – Cells and Forces

Classification of living things

Habitats and food chains

Blood and circulation

How light travels

Sources of light

Shadows

Electrical circuits

Circuit symbols

Properties of materials

Solutions

Particle model

Cell Structures and functions

Specialised cells

Types of forces and how they interact

 

 

 

English

Year 7 students will complete one reading assessment for their P1 assessment. It will comprise of two extracts, one fiction and one non fiction. Students will then be asked to complete a number of questions based on the texts.

An example assessment can be found on the Bishop Challoner website: 

http://www.bishopchalloner.org.uk/catholic-college/curriculum/english

Maths

You will be undertaking your P1 in the week beginning 30th October.  Your assessment will consist of two papers, each 1 hour long.  We recommend that you use MathsWatch to help with your revision. Below are the clips that are relevant to the P1 topics that are to be tested.

 

Reminder: MathsWatch is at www.vle.mathswatch.co.uk

 

Your username is the same as your Mymaths username @bishopchalloner

Your password is bishop

When you log in, click on Videos

Select KS3

Search by entering the Clip Number

Your time on MathsWatch topics is recorded on the website; your teacher will be able to see how much revision you have done on Mathswatch!

If you want to revise other topics, you can search for them by topic.

 

Number – Non Calculator

No.

Topic

MathsWatch Clip Number

Revised?

1

Adding integers

N3b/N13a

 

2

Adding decimals

N13b

 

3

Subtracting integers

N4b/N14a

 

4

Subtracting decimals

N14b

 

5

Multiplying integers

N5/N15a

 

6

Multiplying decimals

N15b

 

7

Dividing integers

N6/N16/N29a

 

8

Dividing decimals

N29b

 

9

Multiplying and dividing by powers of 10

N17a, N17b

 

10

Ordering decimals

N2b

 

11

BIDMAS (BODMAS)

N20

 

12

Operations with negative numbers

N19a, N19b

 

13

Real-life problems

N22a, N22b