KS 1 and KS 2 SATs information

The wonderful Michael Tidd, a Deputy Head in Nottinghamshire has updated his information videos about the upcoming SATs tests for both KS 1 and KS 2 children (in Year 2 and Year 6 respectively).

The tests this year will be very similar to last year’s tests.

Please watch these information videos and we will be sending out further information through the year. Of course, please contact your class teacher if you have any immediate worries or concerns.

KS 1 video

The teachers will be testing the Year 2 pupils during May 2017.

Year 1 pupils will undertake the Phonics Screening Test week commencing Mon 12th June 2017.

KS 2 video

Key Stage 2 SATs timetable.

Date Activity
Monday 8 May 2017 English reading
Tuesday 9 May 2017 English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling
Wednesday 10 May 2017 Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
Thursday 11 May 2017 Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning
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Welcome to Spring Term 2017

Welcome back to school.

New Year is a time for reflection and many people try a new start in something or change something in their lives – so this week, I have asked our KS 2 pupils – ‘What could you change to make yourself even  better?’

Of course, our school is all about Learning, Creativity and FUN. The staff will be reflecting on how to ensure that all our pupils learn happily in our warm loving family at Lever House.

So much work to be done…. Spring term is divided into 2 half terms, one a 5 week and one a 6 week (well 5 weeks and 4 days) half terms – which is 54 days of learning – which is 270 hours  – which is 16,200 minutes of learning  – so let’s get going and make sure we enjoy the ride 🙂

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Year 3 / 4 Xmas Concert 16

The Year 3 and year 4 class pupils are performing “Bells Ring Out” for their Christmas Concert 2016. They sing like angels and are simply wonderful.

Here are a few photos from the afternoon performance.

Thank you to the pupils and to all our families and staff for all your hard work to make this so enjoyable.

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Maths Question

As part of our thinking work (see – http://head.leverhouse.net/2016/12/05/thinking-board/) our KS 2 children have been working on a Maths puzzle – using all the digits – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 IN ORDER and then adding only + or – can you get a total of 100.

Here are some early puzzle breakers:

123 + 45 − 67 + 8 − 9 = 100







There is also –1 + 2 + 3 — 4 + 5 + 6 + 78 + 9 = 100

Can you find anymore?

What is the largest number you can make?

What is the smallest positive number you can make? Can you make 1?

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Santa made time to visit today…..

Santa took time out of his busy schedule and managed to park his sleigh on our roof to pay a visit to our EYFS and KS1 children.

Have a look at some photos of our Xmas lunch and the present giving 🙂


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Santa is on his way

We encourage our pupils to check out where Santa is using the NORAD tracker, so that they can be tucked up in bed in time for his visit!

NORAD have been tracking Santa for 61 years!.

Click here for a countdown and tracking of Santa’s journey for 2016 – http://www.noradsanta.org/

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EYFS / KS 1 Xmas production

What a wonderful way to bring in Christmas 2016.

Click on the link below to have a look at some photos from the performance. Well done everyone – we are all very proud of you.

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Pantomime Trip 2016

Our Yr 2 pupils had a wonderful time at King George’s Hall in Blackburn to watch Dick Whittington and his Cat.

getting involved

They enthusiastically joined in from the audience….




…..and then a couple of pupils were invited up onto stage!

up on stage

and up on stage again


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Thinking Board

Question BoardWe have put up 2 whiteboards in the KS 2 corridors and we are going to invite pupils to write on them! They will be writing their thoughts about the question that I am going to write on them – why? to enhance the opportunities for our pupils to think critically, be logical, be reflective, be open minded, and allow them to collaborate, discuss and share their thoughts.

We seem to go through life and not have time to ponder those deep questions or think logically through issues. We are sometimes told this is the way life is and we accept it and move on. Well now we have a board to share our thoughts and ask each other questions about life, the universe and everything.

Time to be logical and reflective and think through a puzzle. We also want to keep it fun too.

So every week, I will be writing a question for KS 2 pupils on their ‘Thinking Boards’ and invite them to write their answers, thoughts and reflections on it in response. Then we will keep a record of these comments and start a new topic the following week.

The questions could be philosophical, moral, reflective or puzzle based.

See a maths question here – http://head.leverhouse.net/2016/12/21/maths-question/

Have you any ideas for the question of the week? Please leave a reply if you do.

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Library Books

Thank you so much to Miss Chorley’s Reading group.img_9804

They raised money last year to purchase some extra reading books for school. They planned their own activities, you helped them raise the money, they choose the book titles and now have stamped them ready for use in school.

Thanks – and enjoy the books.

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