MAP Data

Dear Parents,

Today, your child will be taking home their school report, yearbook, and MAP results. I would like to show you a few different examples of what their MAP data might show you.

Example 1: Meeting The Prediction

This chart shows a projected growth of 14 points, as well as an actual growth of 14 points. This students has met the prediction that the MAP software set out for them.

Example 2: Beating Predictions

This chart shows a projected growth of 13 points, but an actual growth of 21 points. This student has had a great test.

Example 3: Amazing Progress

Example 3 is similar to example 2, only the actual growth goes through and above the grade mean level, whilst also beating the growth projection. This child had an extremely good test.

Example 4: Not As Much Progress As Predicted

This student has made progress, but not as much as the MAP software predicted. Having made progress is something to be celebrated, and working out why not as much progress was made as predicted is something to be thought about.

Example 5: Going Backwards?
In this final example, you can see a line that goes strongly downwards.

How Important Are the MAP Results?

I assess the children’s levels in multiple ways. MAP data is only one method. There is also in class work, whether written, demonstrative, or oral, and in-class assessments, whether formative (on-going) or summative (at the end of a unit). Class work is more reliable than MAP testing as the children work in class for the whole year, whereas a MAP test happens in one part, of one day, twice a year. MAP gives a snapshot of a child on a particular day, whereas the other methods show you the level of a child throughout the year. The report card reflects your child’s attainment from the whole year.

Children can score well because they work hard, study well, etc., and also due to luck. They could guess some answers correct.

Children can score poorly due to feeling unwell on the day, feeling stressed or worried about the test, guessing answers to finish early, etc.

I would like to see all students meet or beat their predictions but this is only one test. When a child has good class work, a poor test does not affect their report card, and there are multiple factors to take into consideration as to why they scored what they did.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Fairy Tales and More Homework Sharing

Writing Fairy Tales

Here is a story mountain made by Isabelle Mae, which shows how her story will progress:

Below, you can see how Isabelle Mae turned her story mountain into a story, with a beginning, middle, and end. Then, we worked on improving it:

All of the students are now working on their second fairy tale, which they are excited to show you tomorrow, at the student-led parent-teacher consultations.

Reading Challenge

Lots more pieces of homework have been brought to school:

Klara brought in a musical piece of homework- our first one! She made her own song on the GarageBand app, and the song reflects the mood of the story she was reading. Please listen to it here:

Reading Challenge Update 02

Ben sharing his emotions of characters homework. It is nice to see students growing in confidence by presenting their homework to an audience.

Chloe sharing photos of her reading with toys, a new front cover, and a summary of the beginning, middle and end of a story. So much homework! It is pleasing to see so many children enjoying their homework.

Emma sharing her alternative front covers. It is great that Emma finished a cover, thus completing her homework, and then decided to make another!

Klara sharing a couple of pieces of her homework, along with the grid that she has been colouring in after completing each activity.

And finally, Hanbi and Nicholas both sharing a piece each of their homework.

Well done 3C! Let’s keep up the great homework!


Reading Challenge Update

Dear Parents,

We have had a lot of pieces of reading homework being handed in, including videos and photos of students reading with pets (and family members), character trait drawings and photos, and one short playscript. I would like to share with you a few of the photos of the students sharing their homework with their classmates:

It is great to see this enthusiasm for reading and sharing. It has also been pleasing to see students standing at the front of the class, presenting their work to their peers, and answering questions. This homework is helping them with their motivation and their public speaking confidence.

Let’s keep up the motivation!

Student Led Parent Conferences, Reading Challenge, Talent Show, Movie Night

Dear Parents,

Please go to the ‘Sign Up Genius’ link below to choose a time in which you wish to attend your child’s student led parent conference.


Reading Challenge

We have listened to parent feedback regarding homework. The constructive feedback we received was that you like the creative homework tasks that the Grade 3 teachers make but that they make it a challenge for you to get your child into a homework routine, as the homework does not have to be completed daily. Thank you to the parents who gave us their feedback.

Therefore, our new homework grid, which focuses on reading and will last from now until the end of Grade 3, contains sufficient activities for your child to complete one per day. Please see below for more details and examples. Please note, the math homework will still be sent home every Monday, with it still being due in on the Friday of the same week.

Grade 3 Reading Challenge Homework PDF

Day 1 Example

Day 1 PDF Example

Day 2 Example

My Props

My Recording

Day 3 Example

Day 3 PDF Example

Day 4 Example

Day 4 PDF Example

Your child will take home the reading challenge activity sheet in their homework book. They can bring this book in each time they complete an activity, to share their homework with the class.

Talent Show

ES Talent show- rules-1hxqdcg – PDF Version.

Movie Night

Please contact reception if you have any questions about this event.

Fairy Tales, Diaries, Fun Run

Dear Parents,

This is Cassandra’s work from today’s lesson about fairy tales:

We were looking at features of fairy tales and asking ourselves ‘What makes a fairy tale, a fairy tale?’ We then read more books and compared them to our checklists to see if they were fairy tales.

Diary Entries

Children are continuing to bring in diary entries and below is Oriana’s diary entry:

This is an excellent example of a diary entry- a few of the sentences actually remind me of an adult’s writing! Particularly this one, “Indeed it was the smell of sweetness that lingered in me.” Well done, Oriana!

This week, instead of writing a diary entry, I brought in a photo from my weekend and explained what I did. Some of the children said that they’d like to bring in photos and talk about them as well. So, if your child asks to take a photo to school, please let them!

Discover China Day: Fun Run

PDF Version: Discover China Day Family & Friends Fun Run PDF

Learning Update: Government, Fractions and Fairy Tales

Dear Parents,

In social studies, our new topic is called ‘Government’. Here is a screenshot of the parent letter so that you can see what your children will be learning about:

Here is the letter in PDF format: GovernmentParentLetterPDF

In addition to this, Mrs. Callahan has made a Quizlet containing the key vocabulary for this topic, which can be practised here:

For reading and writing, we are studying fairy tales. We will learn that fairy tales:

  • Are set in the past.
  • Use some form or variation of “Once upon a time”.
  • Have fantasy or make-believe elements.
  • Have enchanted settings that can include forests, castles, water or kingdoms.
  • Have clearly defined good and evil characters.
  • Contain magical elements.
  • Have characters that take on unusual forms (giants, witches, dwarfs, talking animals).
  • Often contain groups of 3 (objects, people or events).
  • Have a clearly defined problem, climax and resolution.
  • Most often have a happy ending.
  • Teach a lesson that is important to the culture it came from.

To support your child with this work, you could read fairy tales at home and ask them questions regarding the above features. There are many fairy tale books in Epic! and some on Raz Kids and Tumble Books. There are also fairy tale books in the school library.

In math, we are continuing our work with fractions. This week and next week, we will mainly be studying equivalent fractions, examples of which you can see under the ‘Equivalent Fractions’ heading on this page: Khan Academy also has many equivalent fraction questions that can be used for further practise.

Regarding the math homework, if your child gets stuck with the ‘Brain Stumper’ question and you wish to help them solve it, here are some of the possible solutions:

Field Day

The students have been put into teams and should wear the colour that represents their teams, which are as follows:

Please open the PDF version of the same document to see it more clearly: Field Day 2017 Team Colours PDF

Please note that you do not need to buy anything for this and that your child does not need to be fully covered in the above colour! It could simply be a hat or a wrist band, etc.


Tuesday 11th April: AMPed project share out at 14:00 on Level 5.

The students have been busily preparing to show you their projects:

Saturday 15th April: Discover China Day from 12:00 to 15:00 in Jingshan.