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YEAR SEVEN INFORMATION EVENING Chatham Grammar School for Girls. YEAR 7 INFORMATION EVENING PROGRAMME 1. Welcome and Introductions (Mrs McCormick-Clarke) 2. Year Seven in Context ( Mrs. McCormick-Clarke) 3. Getting Involved (video clip)

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    1. YEAR SEVEN INFORMATION EVENINGChatham Grammar School for Girls

    2. YEAR 7 INFORMATION EVENING PROGRAMME 1. Welcome and Introductions (Mrs McCormick-Clarke) 2. Year Seven in Context (Mrs. McCormick-Clarke) 3. Getting Involved (video clip) 4. Transition, Change and Organisation (Mrs. Webb) 5. CAT Tests and Tracking your Daughter’s Progress (Mrs McCormick-Clarke) 6. Support Strategies available to your daughter (Mrs Webb) 7. Our Anti-Bullying Policy (Mrs McCormick-Clarke) 8. Home School Communication (Mrs McCormick-Clarke)

    3. PARTNERSHIP Teachers, Parents and your daughter… Working together to ensure that your daughter is happy, secure & supported … and so is enabled to achieve her full academic potential at Chatham Grammar School for Girls

    4. Year Seven in Context Years 7 & 8: KS3 National Curriculum Year 9: Commencement of GCSE (transition) studies in Maths & Science plus KS3 National Curriculum in other subjects Years 10 & 11: Completion of GCSE studies Years 12 &13: A-level Studies

    5. TRANSITION AND CHANGE Mrs. Webb Head of Year Seven

    6. Transition and Change • 15 Subjects with different teachers • The two week timetable • Different Classrooms for every lesson • A bigger school with lots of buildings • Independent Learning (Homework) • Being the youngest in the school again • Puberty – hormonal & body changes, mood swings, wanting to be independent • Making, maintaining & sharing new friends • Modern Communications – mobile phones, msn, social networking sites on the internet

    7. Video Clip – “Getting Involved”Helping your Child to make a good start to their secondary education

    8. CAT Tests, Assessment for Learning & Tracking your daughter’s progress Mrs. McCormick-Clarke Assistant Headteacher

    9. In primary school, your daughter’s class teacher assessed her standard in English, Mathematics & Science in her annual report using National Curriculum sublevels In year 6, your daughter took Key Stage Two SAT tests in English & Mathematics and her results were reported using National Curriculum sublevels In years 7 & 8, your daughter’s progress in all subjects will continue to be assessed and monitored , using National Curriculum descriptors

    10. Cognitive Ability Tests • Your daughter will be taking online CAT tests at school before the end of term 1 in October. • The CAT tests are Cognitive Ability tests, designed by a company called GL assessment. • Other secondary schools in the Medway towns and Kent use these CAT tests designed by this company • The tests will assess your daughter’s current skills and abilities in four areas: Verbal, Quantitative, Non verbal and Spatial

    11. How do we use the results of these CAT tests? • The results of the tests predict what minimum National Curriculum levels your daughter should achieve in her Key Stage Three studies, by the end of year 9. • The school uses the results of these CAT tests to help us set personalised targets for your daughter at the end of year 7, the end of year 8 & the end of year 9. This helps us to track your daughter’s progress

    12. Assessment for Learning & Reporting In each subject, your daughter’s teacher will assess her standard at the end of every two terms using National Curriculum Sublevels Just as in primary school, a sublevel “a” would mean that your daughter has a secure understanding of the concepts & skills required at that particular National Curriculum Level. A sublevel “c” would mean that she is only just starting to develop an understanding of some of the concepts & skills required at that Level. A sublevel “b” would represent an intermediate standard somewhere in between an “a” and a “c”

    13. At the end of every second term, your daughter’s • subject teachers will assess her standard with respect • to the National Curriculum Sublevel Descriptors, using • tests, class work and homework tasks. • Using your daughter’s termly assessment and her • CAT predictions together, we will be able to identify • whether your daughter is on target to achieve her • targets. • Where your daughter is underachieving in one or • more subjects, we will share this information with both you and your daughter and offer suitable support • strategies to help her improve her standard and • achieve her full potential.

    14. Year Seven Assessment Dates • Year 7 Progress tests Term 2 04/11/13 – 15/11/13 • Tracking Report Term 2 06/12/13 • Parent Form Tutor Meeting 12/12/13 • Year 7Progress Interviews Term 3 Week 27/01/14 • Tracking Report Term 4 21/03/14 • Year Seven Parents Evening Term 5 08/05/14 • Year 7 Summer Tests Term 6 02/06/14 – 06/06/14 • Full report with teacher comments and form tutor comments Term 6 19/07/13

    15. However… we are not an examination factory… • Your daughter is a human being, at a period in her life where she is experiencing rapid physical & emotional growth and many changes • We understand that change can be unsettling • Your daughter will only fulfil her true potential, if she is settled, happy and fully supported at school

    16. Support Strategies Mrs Webb Head of Year Seven

    17. Support Strategies • After School Homework Club • Peer Mentoring • Subject Mentoring • Lunchtime subject clubs • On report • Gifted and Talented • External agencies

    18. Our Anti-Bullying Policy Mrs. McCormick-Clarke Assistant Headteacher

    19. What is Bullying? Hurtful behaviour which is: Deliberate Persistent Initiated by a more powerful person(s) towards a more vulnerable person

    20. Anti-bullying Policy • Alleged Harassment Sheets • Bullying Ladder • Level One • Level Two • Level Three

    21. Home School Communication Mrs. McCormick-Clarke Assistant Headteacher

    22. Home School CommunicationKey Personnel Your daughter’s Form Tutor Head Of Year Seven – Mrs Webb Assistant Headteacher – Mrs McCormick-Clarke

    23. The School Planner • Term Dates • Appointment times for Parents Evening • School Code of Conduct • Attendance Procedures • Assessment for Learning: attainment; targets & learning • Record of Achievements in & out of school • Credits& Reminders • Notes to and from your daughter’s Form Tutor

    24. The School Website and email system

    25. ParentMail

    26. Year Seven & EightParent ForumFirst meeting this year Tuesday 22 October 6pm

    27. We hope you found this afternoon’s meeting informative, helpful & welcoming Thank you for coming