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Coughs, Colds, Flu and Feeling Urrrrgghhhhh!!

Posted by watseducation on January 8, 2009

OK, this one is just for fun!

I confess that I stole it from another highly reputable education blog – Sorry Andy!

But I thought it was really good – and definitely worth doing!

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Learn about germs and colds with the help of Suki Sneeze and Nathan Noseblow and find out how tissues can help prevent colds from spreading at Sneezesafe.

Order free tissues from Kleenex® to support the Sneezesafe programme!

Kleenex are happy to provide nursery and primary schools with free samples of tissues to give staff all the tools they need to teach correct tissue use.

You will receive a pack of two boxes of tissues and 30 individual pocket packs to give out to your pupils.

You can request free samples twice per school year.

Simply complete the online and press ‘Submit’ – your sample packs will be sent direct to your school.

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All in the name of product placement – I am sure they are concerned genuinely for our health, as long as we buy their tissues!

Mr W.

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KS2 SAT Results Released!

Posted by watseducation on September 6, 2008

The KS2 SATs results have been published today amid lots of controversy about the way that they were marked. Schools Minister Jim Knight says he has confidence in England’s Sats results, despite the embarrassing problems with the return of this year’s papers. The tests taken by 11-year-olds show a slight improvement – and Mr Knight says the sample size, in excess of 90%, makes them statistically reliable.

The results for 2008 are:

  • English up 1% to 81%
  • Maths up 1% to 78%
  • Science stays at 88%
  • 72% reach expected level at English and maths
  • 61% reach expected level at reading, writing and maths
  • 12% achieve highest grade, Level 5, in all subjects
  • 36% of girls reach Level 5 English
  • 23% of boys reach Level 5 English
  • 460 schools waiting for results

But Knight emphasised that difficulties with delivery did not undermine the validity of the results – that these were separate issues. “The problems have been difficult, we’ve all heard the reactions of head teachers, and we’ve heard the apologies from the QCA and their contractor, and they’ve acknowledged the reputational damage. But it still remains the case that Ofqual are advising us that the quality of marking is as good as it’s been in previous years. There are always reviews and appeals, that happens every year. I have confidence in these figures that we are putting out today.”

The overall improvement in English and maths results, continuing an upward trend, was welcomed by the minister. “Compared to 1997, 101,000 more 11-year-olds are now achieving the target level for their age in English and 93,000 more in maths,” said Mr Knight.

There has been a slight improvement in children’s attainment in English and maths tests in England’s primary schools, provisional results show. The proportion reaching the expected standard in English was 81% compared with 80% last year. In maths it was 78% against 77%, while the science score was unchanged on 88%.

2008 KEY STAGE 2 RESULTS
LEVEL 4
English: 81% (80% last year)
Maths: 78% (77%)
Science: 88% (88%)
LEVEL 5
English: 29% (34%)
Maths: 31% (32%)
Science: 44% (47%)

The results also show the proportions achieving the next level – which are down this year. The fall is most pronounced in English, with 29% reaching Level 5 compared with 34% last year. In maths it was from 32% to 31% and in science, from 47% down to 44%.

DCSF statisticians point out that comparisons with previous years are skewed by a change in the marking process this year. This involved removing the practice known as “borderlining”, which involved double checking all the test scripts with marks just below the benchmark level (but not above it), to see if they warranted any extra marks. The effect is particularly significant in English, in which the marking is more subjective. See blog post which explains this here.

The figures show that the proportion of children attaining Level 4 in reading, writing, maths and science was 61%. So almost four in 10 children did not reach the expected level in all subjects.

The proportion of higher achievers in English national curriculum tests this year fell by five percentage points – from 34% in 2007 to 29%. Yet the proportion achieving this Level 5 in the reading component stayed the same, at 48%, and the proportion doing so in writing went up, from 19% to 20%.

Read more about the SATs results at:

The Daily Mail

BBC

BBC

BBC

The Times

I always find it interesting that the media always have to take a negative perspective of the results instead of praising the children for their effort and determination and the schools for their praise and encouragement.

 

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Science Tube

Posted by watseducation on July 24, 2008

Yes, it is what you think!

Like YouTube but for Science!

A massive range of videos showing science experiments, concepts, ideas etc…

Very nifty and useful!

Science Tube

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What do you want to see here?

Posted by watseducation on July 14, 2008

I was thinking tonight about what to post next. I am trying to steal myself some moments to get the blog up and running and get the sort of materials here that people want to see, find and use.

I realised that I could post all sorts of stuff and if it is of no use then people mightn’t come back!

Traffic is increasing daily already and that is great – perhaps you have even added it to favourites! Or perhaps that is wishful thinking?!

Anyway I thought I would ask you – is there something you are looking for that you can’t find or something specific that you think I might be able to help with.

I am, after all, here to help. So if there is something you are after, would like to see or are just interested in then let me know here.

If I can help with resources or with links to places I think might be good, I will.

All that remains to be said is thanks for stopping by, and I hope you like what you see – comments and feedback to help me to improve the site are welcome.

All the best

Mr W.

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2008 KS2 SAT Science Analysis

Posted by watseducation on July 13, 2008

After a long search, I have found this.

Coventry LEA – 2008 KS2 Science Analysis Grids

Thanks go to Coventry LEA – I have to sort the Unit Analysis of the SAT papers, joy!

I find it helps when someone has done half the work for you!

If you are doing the same then this might help you out as well!

Mr W.

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English-Slovakian Word Banks

Posted by watseducation on July 10, 2008

As we are all aware the increase in New Arrival pupils (EAL) is a challenge which we are all facing.

I have found this Slovakian word lists and thought they might be useful to others.

I have similar for Polish but will post these later (when I find them!)

They can be hard to find on they web when you are searching in a panic because a new child is starting this morning and they speak no english because they only entered the country yesterday.

I have been there and know how pressured you can feel!

If you know of any more places to find resources – let me and everyone else know here – any files you want to share to let me know and I am happy to put them up!

Mike

czech-english-y6-science-vocabulary

slovak-english-y6-science-vocabulary

slovakian-maths

year-7-algebra-slovakian

year-7-calculations-slovakian

year-7-handling-data-slovakian

year-7-shape-space-slovakian

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