Presentation on theme: "Year 6 SATS Meeting Wednesday 30th January 2013"— Presentation transcript:
1Year 6 SATS Meeting Wednesday 30th January 2013 Welcome
2Why do our children take SATs tests? Actually they are not called “SATs” (Standard Attainment Tests)They are the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum TestsBut…everyone calls them SATsAll children in Year 6 take them to assess their skills, knowledge and understanding in maths and English at the end of Key Stage 2
3What are the results used for? To assess the progress children have made in their learning since they were 7To help secondary schools organise learning in Year 7To enable a comparison between schools against a benchmark figure
4What is my child expected to achieve? The expected level of attainment in Year 6 is Level 4 of the National CurriculumChildren are “expected” to make a level’s progress every two years, so…Level 3 is the level expected of a 9 year oldLevel 5 is the level expected for a 13 year oldLevel 6 is the level expected of a 15 year old
5Are the SATs really that important? Yes! Definitely for usFor your children it’s a bigger question…I am lucky enough to know of several children who achieved level 2 and 3 in their SATs who have gone on to university or college and are starting careers…I know of a few children who achieved level 5, yet found secondary school very difficult
6Are the SATs really that important? It’s not the end of the world if you don’t achieve level 4 or 5But it can impact on your start at secondary
7When are the SATs?The week beginning Monday 13th May 2013
8What are the changes to the SATs from previous years? EnglishReading Comprehension – no change, 1 paper 45 minutesSpeaking and Listening – no change, teacher assessedWriting – changed, no “long” and “short” writing tasks externally marked. Instead writing is assessed over a longer period by the learning group teacher
9What are the changes to the SATs from previous years? English continuedSpelling, Punctuation and Grammar Test – new this year! Your children are the first to ever do this testVariously known as SPAG, GASP, GAPS etc46 questions in 45 minutes
10What are the changes to the SATs from previous years? Maths – no changesPaper A 45 minutes – no calculatorPaper B 45 minutes – calculator allowedMental Maths Paper – 20 questions, five 5 second, ten 10 second and five 15 seconds
11How is the school helping the children prepare? Revision of key topics/skills through normal daily teachingDetailed analysis of recent assessments to identify and address individual gaps in knowledgeUse of past papersProvision of revision booksAccess to “SATs Surgery” daily from 8.30am-8.55.
12What should we do with the revision books? The children should aim to do 20 to 30 minutes of SATs preparation, 4 or 5 times a week. (In an ideal world invented by Mr Green…)Some will want to do more, but please discourage “SATs mania” and excessive stress. They work hard at school and do need a breakIt’s good preparation for next year.
13What should we do with the revision books? Blue and Brown Maths and English Study books are text books that explain concepts and strategies – if your child doesn’t understand something, bring it to SATs Surgery and we will help themWARNING! Not all the children will use formal short/long multiplication and division. If you don’t understand the method they do use (or they don’t!) please see myself or Mr TrotmanPlease return these books after the SATs
14What should we do with the revision books? The three, white SATs Buster Reading booklets are to help reading comprehension. They are your child’s to keepWe will not mark them, but will be delighted to discuss issues in SATs Surgery or class timeA good practice is to set a time limit for the reading sectionIf you have the time, talking through possible answers is more useful than the child working through questions alone and self-checking.
15Why might some children sit a level 6 paper? Many years ago…there were optional level 6 papers. Hardly anybody took them, or achieved level 6They quietly disappeared until…Mr Gove re-introduced them last yearWe are not sure of their value, neither are some secondary teachersHowever, in the last few years 75-85% of our children achieved level 5 in reading so…
16Why might some children sit a level 6 paper? We will enter some children who are achieving confidently and consistently at the higher end of level 5They still have to take the level 3-5 papersThe level 6 papers are on the same days, but in the afternoonsIt’s quite a lot to cope with in a weekPlease do not ask us to enter your child if we feel it is not appropriate
17What happens if my child is ill? They stay tucked up in bed until they are betterIf they recover within 5 school days of the test they miss, they can still take it when they returnIf they take longer to recover they will be given no SAT level for any subjects they miss, but they will still be given teacher assessments
18My child finds their learning quite challenging and worries in tests My child finds their learning quite challenging and worries in tests. How will you help them?We are allowed to vary test conditions for some children as we see fit. For example some may benefit from:Being in a smaller group in a different roomHaving one to one adult support to encourage and keep on taskHaving maths or grammar questions read to them
19My child finds their learning quite challenging and worries in tests My child finds their learning quite challenging and worries in tests. How will you help them?For a very few children we may apply for 25% additional time, but only if we feel it will benefit them and we have appropriate evidence to support the application
20Thank you for your timePlease don’t worry about SATsSpeak to Mr Green, Mr Trotman or Mr Warren if you have any concernsAny questions?