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SATs writing papers thread....

Discussion in 'Primary' started by lollyxx, May 15, 2012.

  1. Thought I'd start it early by wishing everyone and their classes luck in the paper... got my fingers crossed for some kind of diary extract and some descriptive writing this year... got my wishes with the genres we'd covered a lot last year (newspaper and persuasion) so fingers crossed we'll get lucky again!
    Are we thinking there will be random words in the spelling to do with the plague?! Wonder if 'disease' will be one!!!!!
    Anyway - good luck, look forward to the discussion about it later!
    xx
     
  2. Oooo... I liked... as did the children!
    What did everyone else think of the short? (internal - assuming external ones are different??)
     
  3. Can you give any clues to what the short was?

    (I'm a supply teacher who isn't working today, but my son is doing SATs this week!)
     
  4. Milgod

    Milgod Established commenter

    Doing the Long Writing first. (Internal)

    Love it!
     
  5. dunkiep

    dunkiep New commenter

    Long seemed a decent, fair task. Short has an incredibly long pre-amble to the instructions & no planning space for ideas. Can't discuss further for obvious reasons.
     
  6. Yeah, didn't think anyone could. Pants! Ah well, rules are rules!

    Hope all went well for everyone!
     
  7. Milgod

    Milgod Established commenter

    Short is just as good (or even better than) as the long was.

    Great internal papers!
     
  8. Surely ickle clues are allowed??
     
  9. groovyshell83

    groovyshell83 Occasional commenter

    Nope!! Way not fair. we had to wait in suspense so you will have to too!!
     
  10. We are a sample school so had to do the writing tests as normal, thought both long and short were great- spelling was a bit difficult though!!
     
  11. My kids really liked both and from what I saw seemed to write well and to the task just hope now for good thresholds and well marked papers :eek:) (SAMPLE SCHOOL)
     
  12. mprimaryz

    mprimaryz New commenter

    I know that there won't be any sub levels in the writing marks and that it's just going to be a level 3, level 4 etc but does anyone know what the thresholds are for these levels?
     
  13. My class were quite happy with the writing papers too (we're one of the 10% of sample schools too). I was relieved as those are the genres they do best! Spelling was evil though. I know several adults who wouldn't be able to spell some of those words!
    Hoping for decent level thresholds. If we have those I reckon I'll be fairly happy with the results. First year in year 6 so fingers crossed! I'm not known for my patience though, so it's going to be a long wait...
     
  14. My son enjoyed (!) both the writing papers. Although I got a 10 year old's version of the tasks, they do seem good and interesting....not as dry as in previous years. Glad to hear other positive comments too! Good luck for tomorrow everyone
     
  15. jwraft

    jwraft New commenter

    We did internal and the short writing tasks was practically my Autumn topic, my face lit up and so did the kids' when they saw it!
     
  16. A y6 colleague said it was a persausive letter and a description of an unusual bird but my daughter also in y6 but at another school said it was 2 diary entries and a short write about a talent. I,m confuesd can anyone shed any light on this?
     
  17. There were two different tests you could have taken: internal or external. With reference to your question, it seems that the external was the former and I know that the internal was the latter.
    We took our internal test in the last week before the Easter holidays. It was a good task but, when marking it, you'll see that the short write is a little sneaky - it asks for one genre but the mark scheme is looking for another!
     
  18. cornflake

    cornflake Senior commenter

    It would not be wise for anyone to post specific comments about the tasks or tests, as many of you know, as children may yet still have to sit them (any time in the next 5 days).
    So jtowsey, I'm afraid I can't respond to your post :(
     
  19. polly2

    polly2 New commenter

    Our kids liked them - especially the shorter one. As a reader today though, I found the shorter frustrating!
     
  20. Milgod

    Milgod Established commenter

    True. Although the tests are all over mumsnet anyway. It didn't stop us all last year.
     

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