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Just sent this to the assessments department. Wonder if I will get a reply…

Good morning,
Regarding the KS2 mathematics SATs
It would be very helpful for schools if the cognitive domain (rated 1 to 4) could be referenced in the mark scheme, for each question, as well as the content domain . Are there any plans for this to be created? The test developers must know the cognitive domain for each question when they write them. Teachers would value having this information at their finger tips, especially when considering whether children are demonstrating thinking at Greater Depth or not.
I hope to hear from you soon.
Kind regards,
Sharon Day
of SharonDayMaths Ltd.

I got a reply. The relevant paragraph said this: ‘As you may know, the primary and sometimes (if applicable) the secondary national curriculum references are published in the live test mark schemes to inform the area of the curriculum each item intends to assess. As yet, we do not publish the cognitive domain scores in the mark scheme document. The mark scheme’s primary purpose is to guide markers on how to mark each item reliably. We could bring your suggestion to our expert review panels and consult our curriculum advisors to see what purpose they could serve if we did publish them in the mark scheme document- thank you for your suggestion.

2018-2019 Maths courses

There is a vast array (in general terms, not an array for demonstrating multiplication and division facts!) of maths courses being advertised on my website that are running in five different locations in 2018-2019. Check them out; there could be one for you!


Make angles facts and missing angles today’s focus. Work out the angles on a clock with the children (each hand goes through 30 degrees when moving from one number to another – when the hands show 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock they represent a 90 degree angle which is a quarter of 360 degrees and the two hands are also perpendicular to each other…). Revise all quadrilaterals (square, rhombus, rectangle, parallelogram, kite and trapezium) and triangles (right-angled, equilateral, scalene, isosceles). Ask: ‘Is it possible to draw a triangle with two right angles?’; ‘ If we drew a right-angled triangle which was also isosceles, what would its three angles be?’

KS2 SAT prep…

KS2 SAT prep: Order everything today! Ascending & descending. Money, length, time, weight, fractions, etc make sure they are all written in different ways i.e. 3/4 0.4 4/3 30% also order numbers that use same digits in different orders such as: 1.086 1.0086 1.068 1.0608 1.608

Y6 – more ‘last push’ advice

Y6: work on the easier content now. Ensure written methods (but not long division at this stage – if not grasped it yet then it is too late for next week). Look at requirements from year 3 & 4. Check out parallel and perpendicular lines (& line symmetry) in capital letters.