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Which primary science assessment do you use?

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Floppywillow Wed 20-Jul-16 18:41:30

I am a science co-ordinator in a primary school and I need to find and buy end of unit assessment for ks1 and ks2. I just wondered what other teachers use at their schools? Please help.

almostthirty Wed 20-Jul-16 18:44:13

This year we have used the assessment tests on twinkl for science, English and maths for y1-y6 . They have been really accurate with regards to SATS etc.

Feenie Wed 20-Jul-16 18:47:40

Except there are no Science SATs at all.

We use teacher assessment against the national curriculum.

almostthirty Wed 20-Jul-16 19:09:40

The science ones we have used throughout the year have matched the curriculum well and as the spag/reading/maths have both matched the curriculum and been very similar to sats, we will be using them all again next year.

Feenie Wed 20-Jul-16 19:12:39

What SATs? There aren't any!

Feenie Wed 20-Jul-16 19:15:36

Ok, sorry - having read properly I can see you mean matched the other SATs. Can't see the reading being as ludicrous as the actual reading SAT though - who saw that coming??

I think it's sad anyone is considering Science tests at all sad

Floppywillow Wed 20-Jul-16 19:18:23

Almost thirty- thank you. I used the twinkle spag and reading examples so will look at the Science.
Feenie- we are using the national curriculum but people are asking for something which will provide expected and greater depth.

Floppywillow Wed 20-Jul-16 19:21:50

I agree Feenie as the best assessment was when we had a whole school science week. Through discussion and questioning their understanding was amazing.

bookwormbeagle Wed 20-Jul-16 19:23:14

Feenie - interested to know - in what way was the reading sat ludicrous?

Feenie Wed 20-Jul-16 19:26:08

Extremely difficult - beyond anything encountered before. Nothing like the sample paper.

Feenie Wed 20-Jul-16 19:27:48

www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/sats-pupils-tears-after-sitting-incredibly-difficult-reading-test

Feenie Wed 20-Jul-16 19:29:50

www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/primary-school-pupils-reduced-tears-ridiculously-difficult-sats-test-spelling-exam-a7022101.html

mrz Wed 20-Jul-16 19:30:13

Ive got to be honest I thought the Twinkl reading tests were equally ludicrous

mrz Wed 20-Jul-16 19:32:39

We're using some the coordinator got from a course run by the Science Learning Partnership

bookwormbeagle Wed 20-Jul-16 19:33:58

Hmmmm now I'm even more confused - we got my DD's school report with sats results included (I'd asked the teacher for this to be relayed to me) and she got 40/40. Which we're obviously chuffed to bits with but I've got another thread running about her reading levels dropping, so thought perhaps the test itself was easier than I'd anticipated.

bookwormbeagle Wed 20-Jul-16 19:35:00

Apologies for the derail of the thread there, thank god it's nearly end of term!

mrz Wed 20-Jul-16 19:35:03

40/40 sounds like the Phonic Screening Check not the SATs

bookwormbeagle Wed 20-Jul-16 19:39:47

She did that in year 1 though and passed it fine - the not from teacher said reading 40/40 and numeracy 57/60.

mrz Wed 20-Jul-16 19:50:13

SAT scores were between 85-115

mrz Wed 20-Jul-16 19:54:50

Sorry it seems like they've given you raw scores not scale scores

bookwormbeagle Wed 20-Jul-16 20:10:16

Yes, that was the raw score.

Feenie Wed 20-Jul-16 20:10:52

So Twinkl is as difficult? I shall take a look.

Why would you need a Science test to assess greater depth though? None of the SATs assess greater depth.

mrz Wed 20-Jul-16 20:20:14

I'd be interested in your view I'd be interested in your view of the tests not more difficult butt find them unfriendly

Feenie Wed 20-Jul-16 20:25:29

Will let you know with pleasure smile

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