I start this evening’s blog with an apology. There are so many acronyms in the world it is becoming increasingly difficult to remember them all. Next week pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 will sit a series of assessments in the IT room called the InCAs (Innovative computer-adaptive assessments) organised by the CEM (Centre for Evaluation and monitoring) and Durham University. Phew!
Pupils cannot revise for these assessments. Each pupil will do six tests- General Maths, Mental Maths, Reading, Spelling, Developed ability and Attitudes. I’m always slightly sceptical about pupils being assessed in the IT room. Will they look at their neighbour’s answer? Well possibly, but that won’t help them as each pupil will be asked different questions based on their answers- hence the name ‘computer adaptive assessments’. I hope to use the data to aid teaching and learning.
For more information, please do follow the link below.
Keeping with technology, parents may well be interested in the article below (Jessica Elgot, The Guardian 5.1.2017); our current pupils at Stoneygate are part of this “Ipad generation” and educators and parents need to be aware of both the brilliance and the dangers of this technological age.
“Children are being left to fend for themselves in the digital world, regularly signing over rights to their private messages and pictures unknowingly and with scant advice from parents or schools, according to England’s children’s commissioner.
Almost half of eight- to 11-year-olds have agreed impenetrable terms and conditions to give social media giants such as Facebook and Instagram control over their data, without any accountability, according to the commissioner’s Growing Up Digital taskforce.
The year-long study found children regularly signed up to terms including waiving privacy rights and allowing the content they posted to be sold around the world, without reading or understanding their implications.
Instagram, the photo sharing social media site used by more than half of 12- to 15-year-olds, and 48% of eight- to 11-year-olds, had terms and conditions that none of the young children in the taskforce’s focus group could fully understand. Only half of the eight- to 11-year-olds could even read the terms, which ran to more than 5,000 words on 17 pages of text.”
Thank you to Mr Hackney for his inspired message to the pupils on New Year Resolutions (do find out what Mr Hackney’s are) and Mrs Hadfield for her important and amusing assembly on ‘Friendship’.
Congratulations to all our sports teams this week. I spent far too long watching the boys playing football on Thursday that I missed the girls’ netball. Apologies girls- I promise I will watch you first next week!
Stoneygate boys in action against Bilton Grange
Stars of the week:
Leo (Reception) and Maanav (Year 1)
Please don’t forget the SSA ‘Quiz and Curry evening’ on Wednesday evening at school (7pm start); enjoy the weekend,