What are SATS? SATS are used to show your child’s progress. They are not about passing or failing but they are used to reflect the level your child is working to in relation to their age related expectations. SATS are part of the overall teaching and learning that your child receives during their primary education.
The role of SATS End of Key Stage 2 SATS take place during Year 6 in the month of May. This year they will begin on Monday 11 th May 2015. The Key Stage 2 SATS are more formal than the End of Key Stage 1 SATS. Your child will be part of the last cohort to take the SATS in their current form. The SATS have already gone through changes and there is more focus on the progress made throughout the school year. The value of teacher assessment has also increased over the years.
SATS explained Year 6 children are required to take externally set assessments in English and Maths. The standard papers cover levels 3 – 5 with level 4 being the expected National Average at the end of Primary School. Most tests last between 45 and 60 minutes.
Year 6 English SATS During the English SATS your child will be assessed on a range of reading skills, such as the ability to interpret, infer and deduce information and comment on the writers’ use of language. They will also have to demonstrate accurate grammar and punctuation use and understanding.
Year 6 English Reading English Reading – 60 minutes including reading time One paper based on reading comprehension of three texts with a total of 35 – 40 questions of increasing difficulty. Questions vary with marks allocated. Some are worth 1, 2 or 3 marks.
Example 1 mark Year 6 English Reading questions: Questions 9 – 18 are about The Jungle Book – an extract (pages 6 – 7). Q17. A) What is the most tense moment in the story? ___________________________ (1 mark) B) What happens to bring the tension to an end? ___________________________ (1 mark)
An example 3 mark Year 6 English Reading question: Q18. Think about everything you have read on pages 6 and 7. What impression of wolves does the writer give? Explain your answer as fully as you can. _____________________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________ (3 marks)
Year 6 English Gaps/SPAG The English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test which covers sentence grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, spelling and used to cover handwriting was introduced in 2013. This replaced the old writing paper with writing now being tested purely through teacher assessment during the academic year.
Year 6 English SATS Your child’s writing now links to the wider curriculum. Teachers ensure that subjects such as Religious Education, Personal Social and Health Education and the International Primary Curriculum (which covers Science, History and Geography) have extensive writing links. Therefore your child may be asked to write a diary entry, a non-chronological report or a recount in these lessons.
Year 6 English SATS English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (Referred to as SPAG or GAPS) consists of two papers: Paper 1 – 45 minutes This comprises of 40 – 60 short answer questions covering grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. Paper 2 – 15 minutes (approximately) A spelling test with 20 questions which are read out by a teacher. The scores from both papers are then added together.
An example GAPS Paper 1 question: Read the sentence below. Replace the word ‘tasty’ with another word with a similar meaning. Write the word in the box. The soup was tasty, but there was hardly any left. ___________(1 mark)
An example GAPS Paper 1 question: Read the passage below. Insert capital letters and full stops so that the passage is punctuated correctly. One has already been done for you. The weather was terrible when they wanted to go fishing jason suggested going on sunday instead (1 mark)
An example GAPS Paper 1 question: Which ending would make the word lazy an adverb? 1.Laziness 2.Lazily 3.Lazier 4.Laziest (1 mark)
An example GAPS Paper 1 question: Read the sentence below and circle all the nouns. I cooked the eggs while my brother fried the bacon. (1 mark)
An example GAPS Paper 2 question: Your child will spell words dictated by the examiner (presented within sentences). For example: Pria turned on the television to watch her favourite cartoon. The word is television.
Department for Education ‘The Government wants all children to leave primary school with a sound grasp of essential English skills.’
Year 6 Maths SATS During the Maths SATS your child will be tested on a range of core skills including: Knowing all of their times tables and using them to divide and multiply; Using a protractor to measure angles; Calculating the perimeter and area of shapes; Solving problems by collecting and using information in tables, graphs and charts and Solving problems involving ratio and proportion.
Year 6 Maths SATS Mathematics Paper 1 – 45 minutes This comprises of between 20 and 26 questions. A calculator is NOT permitted. Mathematics Paper 2 – 45 minutes This comprises of between 20 and 26 questions A calculator is NOT permitted. Mental Maths – 20 minutes This comprises of 20 questions read to the children via a compact disc.
An example Year 6 Maths Paper 1 question: Circle the number that is closest to 300 3383030288313130 (1 mark)
An example Year 6 Maths Paper 1 question: Megan and Chen are washing cars. Megan gets £39 and Chen gets £55. They share what they get equally between them. How much does each of them get?(2 marks) The children are instructed to ‘show your working’
An example Year 6 Maths Paper 2 question: Write the missing number. 164.5 - ________ = 76.88 (1 mark)
An example Year 6 Paper 2 question: 364 is a multiple of 7 but not a multiple of 3. 384 is a multiple of 3 but not a multiple of 7. Find a number between 364 and 384 that is both a multiple of 7 and a multiple of 3. (2 marks) The children are instructed to ‘show your method’
Level 6 SATS Level 6 SATS are additional tests intended to challenge high achieving children who are excelling in Maths and/or English. The additional tests allow a child to achieve a standard (Level 6)that the average child does not reach until Year 10.
Level 6 SATS The Department for Education advises that only children who are expected to achieve a Level 6 should take these tests. They must also take the Levels 3 - 5 paper first and can only be awarded a Level 6 if they also achieve Level 5 on the standard paper. The Level 6 tests are taken on the same day as the Levels 3 – 5 paper.
Level 6 SATS If they do not pass the Level 6 paper then they are awarded the grade from their Levels 3 – 5 tests instead. School Performance Tables show the number of pupils who were awarded Level 6.
SATS Timetable Please note that all children sit these tests on the same day in all schools. DateTest(s) Monday 11 th May 2015Levels 3 – 5 English Reading Level 6 English Reading Tuesday 12 th May 2015Levels 3 – 5 English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Papers 1 and 2 Level 6 English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Papers 1 and 2 Wednesday 13 th May 2015Levels 3 – 5 Mental Mathematics Levels 3 – 5 Mathematics Paper 1 Thursday 14 th May 2015Levels 3 – 5 Mathematics Paper 2 Level 6 Mathematics Paper 1 Level 6 Mathematics Paper 2
SATS Timetable All children to arrive at 8:15am. Breakfast (consisting of fruit, a choice of cereals and milk with a drink of fresh orange) will be served. SATS warm up sessions will be undertaken in the Key Stage 2 Hall. Tests will be administered in the Year 6 Classrooms.
School Photographer Please note that the School Photographer will be in on 13 th May 2015 to take the Year 6 Leavers’ photograph. Please ensure that your child is in winter uniform. Thank you.
NB Please note that there are only 42 teaching days until the Year 6 SATS therefore absences cannot be authorised during the Spring Term for Year 6 children unless there are exceptional circumstances. This is outlined in school procedures. There is some provision if children are unwell but we prefer if all of the Year 6 children can sit the tests together each day.
Year 6 SATS Regulations Upon arrival the test materials must be kept secure and treated as confidential before, during and after each test. A school must be able to give an accurate account of everyone with access to the test materials before, during and after each test. Tests will be opened together with the children at the start of each test. Tests must be administered according to the published procedures and staff administering must be appropriately trained.
Year 6 SATS Regulations Tests must be carried out according to the published timetable unless a timetable variation has been approved. Tests will be parcelled up and locked away until collected by the stated courier. The papers will be sent away to official SATS markers and results will be returned in July before the children leave.
Access Arrangements Children with specific difficulties will be catered for. There are clear guidelines for a school to follow and parents will be liaised with when and where appropriate.
How to support your child? Remind your child to attend booster sessions. Support your child with their homework and revision. Purchase Maths revision guides (available from the School Office). Support your child by practising their times tables with them. Encourage your child to read a variety of texts – fiction, information books, comics, newspapers, magazines on a regular basis to broaden their vocabulary.
How to support your child? Remind your child that feeling nervous is natural but they will be fully prepared for their End of Key Stage Tests. If undertaking practice materials then ensure that your child answers all of the questions. Remind your child to not become overly confident or complacent. Remind your child not to panic and please do not panic yourself.
How to support your child? Write some unpunctuated sentences for your child to punctuate correctly. When writing letters or emails encourage your child to add adjectives or adverb to a sentence. Make spelling a part of everyday life! Ensure your child has regular early nights. Encourage your child to speak to staff at school regarding questions or queries that they have. Encourage your child to visit the Hedgehogs relaxation drop in sessions during SATS Week.
How to support your child? Ensure your child eats breakfast. Undertake deep breathing. Count to 10. Get plenty of fresh air. Think positive thoughts – speak to yourself and say ‘I will do my absolute best. I do know it.’ Listen to soothing music. Exercise. Talk to family and friends – a problem shared is a problem halved!
Frequently Asked Questions How do teachers assess in the Key Stage 2 SATS? Other subjects, including English Writing and Speaking and Listening are assessed by teachers rather than by children taking a formal written test. This assessment data is then submitted to the Department for Education and is subject to moderation.
Frequently Asked Questions How do secondary schools use teacher assessment data? The Year 6 teacher assessment data is transferred to secondary schools so they can be used in planning for Year 7 teaching. Year 6 teachers will undertake extensive discussions with your child’s secondary school in the form of hand over meetings with a representative from each secondary school. Discussions cover academic ability, musical/sporting strengths and social aspects.
Frequently Asked Questions Isn’t Science tested in Key Stage 2? Science Sampling was reintroduced in 2014. Under this system 9,500 children – five children from 1,500 schools are randomly selected to take a science test. Schools that are selected will be notified by mid-May and are legally obliged to participate if chosen. Science sampling takes place every 2 years so there will be no compulsory science tests in 2015. Children will be awarded a level for science based on a teacher assessment.
Useful Websites SATS Preparation Plan www.theschoolrun.com/sats-practice-plan BBC Revisewise BBC Skillswise MyMaths Mental Maths boosters are available at: www.compare4kids.co.uk/mental -maths.php Please remember to give extra work to do in moderation.
Past SATS Papers/Test Base Throughout the year there will be opportunities for your child to look at past SATS papers and ask specific questions. Teachers make use of Test Base which allows them to focus on questions related to a particular topic from a selection of SATS papers. Common mistakes made by children from across the country can be identified and addressed using Test Base.
Past SATS Papers Past SATS papers are available online at: TheSchoolRun.com http://www.theschoolrun.com/ SATs-Papers.co.uk www.sats-papers.co.uk/
The importance of SATS The importance of the SATS cannot be denied. It is imperative that your child realises this and gives 100% in order to do their best. We want all children to show their potential and demonstrate what they know. This process is well organised with clear explanations and support for all of your children.