Our school have been chosen by the Department for Education’s Testing Standards Agency (the government department tasked with issuing and setting the tests taken by school age children) to trial some national curriculum tests. This will be part of their national sample to make sure that the tests themselves are valid, reliable and at the appropriate difficulty to accurately assess the children’s knowledge.
Please note, the Testing Standards agency are looking at assessing the tests themselves, not the children and the results from these tests will not appear anywhere except for the Agencies review of the test. They will not be recorded against any of the children taking part in the trial.
The school’s participation in the trial is statutory meaning we are required to take part however this will not affect your child’s upcoming tests nor will the children taking part be judged on the results.
The tests that our school has been chosen to trial will take place on Thursday 2nd May and are maths based tests. Your children should come in as normal.
Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Clifford who is our school’s representative to deal with the Testing Standards Agency.
Key Stage 2 SATs week starts Monday 13th May 2018. Detailed below is the timetable of tests for the week:
Monday 13th May – English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, Paper 1 - Short answer questions and Paper 2 - Spelling.
Tuesday 14th May –English Reading test.
Wednesday 15th May –Maths, Paper 1 – Arithmetic and Paper 2 - Reasoning.
Thursday 16th May – Maths Paper 3 - Reasoning.
It is vital that your child attends school every day that week. Tests will begin at 9am and therefore they need to be in school no later than 8:45am. In order to help them perform to the best of their abilities, we are inviting every child to have breakfast at school (Monday – Thursday). We will be inviting the children to join breakfast club from 8:15am where we will serve a choice of cereals or toast and a glass of squash or milk. There will be no cost for the breakfast.
This is the perfect opportunity for your child to settle into school each day and if you would like them to attend the breakfasts please fill in the slip on the letter.
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have begun learning about the formation of rocks and started their stories about a pebble’s journey from formation through to being in our playground. In Maths, they have been applying their formal methods of calculation to a variety of mathematical problems.
Year 4 – have begun reading their new book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and have been discussing the characteristics of Edward, the china rabbit. In Maths, they have started the term by looking at pictograms, bar charts and line graphs, answering questions about the data they show. They have also started learning how to tell the time in French and about coding in Computing.
Year 5 – have explored Van Gogh and created a descriptive narrative based on Starry Night. They have learned about plant reproduction and have clipped their own plantlings for an experiment. In Maths, they have worked hard using protractors to measure angles as well as drawing their own as an activity.
Year 6 – have settled back into their last term at Iver Village Junior School. This week in English, they have had a grammar focus in preparation for the forthcoming SATs. In Humanities, the children have started learning about the Mayan Civilisation and in Computing, they are starting to learn how to use Excel.
Our school photographer will be in next Thursday (2nd May) to take the annual class photos. These will be taken throughout the morning so please remember to be in nice and early!
The photos will be available to parents of children in your child’s class to buy so if you DO NOT wish for your child to be part of their class photo, please contact the teacher and fill in the slip from the letter.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
This week, IVJS played a home league game against Chalfont St Giles. This game was rearranged from their game in March which was postponed due to the weather. The game kicked off slightly later than normal due to the distance between the two schools. The first half saw IVJS under a lot of pressure but with multiple good saves from Hassan, IVJS only went in 1-0 down at half time.
In the second half, IVJS livened up and had multiple chances before Ronnie scored directly from a corner to make it 1-1. Chalfont, however restored their lead within a minute before Tino tapped in another home goal to make it 2-2 with only a couple of minutes left to play. The game then became stretched with both teams trying to win the game. Chalfont however scored with the last kick of the game, unfortunately giving them the 2-3 win.
What a game! It was incredibly tight and everyone played in the right spirit all the way through the game. Man of the match went to Harley.
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have finished writing their Just So Stories and are busy turning them into picture books for younger children to enjoy. In Maths, they have been looking at telling the time on different clocks. Miss Short and Miss Couves are very impressed with Year 3's hard work this term!
Year 4 – have been working on division and multiplication word problems in Maths. In English, they have been writing chapter seven of 'Noah Barleywater Runs Away'. In Humanities, they have been learning all about the Ancient Egyptian God and Goddesses and their children. They have also been presenting their projects about journeys and have been amazed at the brilliant ideas and creativity shown in both classes.
Year 5 – have unfortunately come to the end of their space topic; the children have created a leaflet based on all of their science knowledge this term as well as a fantastic balanced argument! Maths has been a week of consolidating their knowledge on fractions, decimals and percentages - they are pros at finding percentages of an amount, which is perfect for finding a good bargain in the shops! They have also brought their anglo-saxon topic to a close, leaving many shocked (and feeling very lucky that we weren't around then) at the gruesome punishments they received!
Year 6 – have worked really hard on their assessments this week and everyone has been impressed with the efforts they have made. As well as undertaking tests, they have been finalising and publishing their conclusions to their book, Rooftoppers and have also been finishing their topic on Rivers by writing a non-chronological report on the impact of dams. They have also finalised their Science topic about light by dissecting an eye.
On Monday, a mixture of Year 5 and 6 girls competed in a girls only football tournament held at Burnham Grammar school. IVJS where drawn into a tough group against Gerrard's Cross, Burnham Grammar (Year 7 team), Lent Rise and Holtspur. IVJS beat Burnham Grammar and Lent Rise 1-0 and 3-0 respectively. This put IVJS into a 5th place play off against Farnham Common. IVJS unfortunately lost 2-1 in the play off, putting us 6th overall out of twelve schools. Well done to all who played but especially to Mysha who played like Messi all afternoon and to Millie who showed tremendous amounts of respect and sportsmanship to other schools and made us all very proud. Well done girls!
We have provisionally booked a 4-night residential visit to the Windmill Hill near Hailsham, Sussex from
Monday 19th October – Friday 23rd October 2020. The visit includes a full programme of activities and is similar to those we have run in the past. The group will be accompanied by teaching staff from the school and fully qualified instructors at the centre supervise each activity. The cost will include travel to and from the PGL centre and full board while they are away. Whilst the trip is not essential for curriculum purposes, it provides an excellent opportunity for children to extend their learning and to refine their personal and social skills. A meeting for parents giving detailed arrangements will be held nearer the time.
The Year 6 residential trip is at beginning of the year to allow children to bond with their new teacher ready for the remainder of Year 6. It is also an opportunity for teachers to identify different strengths in children that we can build on throughout the year.
In order to help organise and plan this trip in advance, we would need to get an idea of the numbers of pupils who would like to attend. Therefore, for the visit to take place a payment of £400.00 per child is required. A non-refundable deposit of £50.00 must be paid via School Money with the form below returned in order to secure a place by 10th May 2019.
The full cost must be paid by monthly instalments of £35 a month (for 10 months) via School Money by 31st March 2020, although we would appreciate it if payments could be made as early as possible. Cash and cheques will be accepted. Cheques should be made payable to Buckinghamshire County Council Receipts Account. If you receive Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance or Child Tax Credit (not entitled to Working Tax Credit and with an income below £16040pa) please feel free to contact us if there are any difficulties involving the cost.
Only a limited number of places are available and we ask that completed forms and deposits are returned to school no later than 10th May 2019 to avoid disappointment.
Payments: £400 total
Non-refundable Deposit of £50 by 10/05/19
Ten Monthly payments of £35 starting on 1/6/19 until 1/3/20 via School Money
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