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Year 6 SATs Tests 2015 11 th to 14 th May. What does SATs Stand For?  Statutory Assessment Tasks and Tests (also includes Teacher Assessment).  Usually.

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1 Year 6 SATs Tests 2015 11 th to 14 th May

2 What does SATs Stand For?  Statutory Assessment Tasks and Tests (also includes Teacher Assessment).  Usually taken at the end of Key Stage 1 (at age 7) and at the end of Key Stage 2 (at age 11).

3 What level should children be at?  Around 85%+ of children are at Level 4 by the end of Key Stage 2.  Some children will still be at Level 3 and some children will achieve Level 5 or above.  A small percentage of children will not yet be working at Level 3.

4 What level should children be at? Year 2 Age 7 Year 6 Age 11 Level 6Exceptional Level 5Beyond expectations Level 4ExceptionalAt expected level Level 3Beyond expectationsBelow expectations Level 2 2a, 2b, 2c a = higher) At expected level Level 1Below expectations ‘W’ working towards

5 How are the children assessed?  For children working at Level 3 and above, there are two sorts of assessments:  Tests  Teacher assessments.  For children working below Level 3, the only statutory assessment is teacher assessment and those children do not take the tests.

6 What does teacher assessment involve and is it different from testing?  Teacher assessment draws together everything the teacher or teachers know about a child, including observations, marked work and school assessments.  Teacher assessment is not a ‘snapshot’ like tests and is therefore more reliable.  There can be a difference between teacher assessment results and test levels.  Teacher assessment only, is used for children who work below level 3.

7 When do these tests happen?  This year the tests dates will be from the 11 th - 15 th May.  It is a busy week for children and staff alike.

8 How is SATs week organised?  A timetable is issued to school, telling us on which days tests must be administered.  We can determine at what time tests begin.  All children must sit the tests at the same time.  Test papers can only be opened 1 hour before the tests begin.  Tests are completed in classrooms, with any displays that may help covered over.  The LA monitor 10% of schools per year.  Children are divided into groups for test administration to ensure they are properly supported and feel secure.

9 What help can children have?  In the reading test, children must read the text and questions by themselves, but MAY have help recording their answers, if this is done in a normal classroom situation.  In the maths and SPAG papers teachers can read questions to any child who asks, some children will have the whole paper read to them, on a one to one.  Teachers can encourage, but not guide or say that an answer is correct or incorrect.  Some children can be given up to 25% extra time if they have identified learning needs. This has to be applied for in advance.  Words on a test paper can be transcribed where a marker may not be able to read a child’s answer.

10 Time Table for The Week DateLevel 3-5 TestsLevel 6 Tests Monday 11 th MayEnglish Reading Test Tuesday 12 th MayEnglish Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test Wednesday 13 th May Mental Mathematics Test Mathematics – Test 1 Thursday 14 th MayMathematics – Test 2Mathematics -Paper 1 Mathematics -Paper 2

11 The Reading Test Level 3-5  Children are given a reading booklet with three to four texts. There will be no theme. The least demanding text will come first with the following texts increasing in difficulty.  The children will have an hour to read the texts answer approximately 35 questions totalling 50 marks

12 The Reading Test Level 3-5  Children can refer back to the texts in the reading booklet throughout the tests.  Questions are: shorter closed response items and longer, more open response types.  Questions are worth 1,2 or 3 marks.

13 Reading Test Level 6  A reading booklet containing around three or four texts based on the same theme which children have 10 minutes to read.  They may refer back to the text to answer questions.  There are approximately 25 questions (Totalling 30-35marks)  They have 50 minutes to answer the questions.  Questions are worth 1,2,3 or 4 marks.

14 English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test  The test will assess children’s ability in grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary.  Paper 1 has short answer questions (40-50 questions) assessing grammar, punctuation and vocabulary (50marks). Paper 2 assesses spellings (20 marks).  The results for the English test will be reported separately by the Department of Education. This means no overall English level will be given.  Pupil’s writing will be assessed by Teachers.

15 English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test Level 6  50 marks with 3 elements  A writing task assessing their grammar, punctuation and vocabulary.  A booklet of short answer questions.  A spelling task.

16 Mathematics Tests Level 3-5  Two non calculator papers, lasting 45 minutes each.  Mental Mathematics test lasts 20 minutes. (20 marks)  Children’s marks from all three tests are aggregated to calculate their overall mathematics level.

17 Mathematics Tests Level 6  Paper 1 is a non calculator paper, lasting 30 minutes.  Paper 2 is a calculator paper lasting 30 minutes long.  Children’s marks from all three tests are aggregated to calculate their overall mathematics level.

18 Top Tips  Ensure children have a good nights sleep before the tests.  Make sure children have breakfast before they come to school. School will provide breakfast in school hall that week for Y6 pupils from 8.15am.  Talk to them about the tests.  Don’t put too much pressure on them.

19 What are we doing in school?  Promoting test techniques  Practising areas highlighted from SATs test and  Work in class.  Withdrawal groups/individuals. Self assessment and opportunity for reflection to identify strengths and weaknesses in own learning Use of individual targets for children  Access to interactive websites

20 How can parents help?  The best help is by taking an interest in your child’s learning and progress.  Encourage your child to ask their teacher if they are unsure  Attending meetings and parents’ evenings.  Supporting homework.  Not putting children under too much pressure by over-emphasising revision work.  Explain SATS are a way of showing what they know – THEY CAN’T FAIL!  Ensuring children arrive for school:  every day  in good time  having had breakfast  having gone to bed at a reasonable time

21 How can I help my child? Here are many other ways you can help your child do well at school.  Make sure you know what homework is set and encourage your child to do it thoroughly.  Encourage your child to read quietly for 15 minutes each day.  If possible, give your child lots of experiences – visits to a museum, art gallery, historic building, canal, river, countryside etc and lots of conversation to develop vocabulary  Find opportunities for your child to use numbers in everyday situations and encourage them to work out calculations in their head. Know their times tables  Encourage your child to follow up interests and talk about them.  Allow your child to work in a quiet environment, if possible a different room from where your child would normally relax.  Do not exceed 20-30 minutes working each night.  Fire questions at your child from time to time  Put revision post it notes in appropriate places around the home.

22 Useful Websites  BBC KS2 Bitesize –  Woodlands Junior School

23 What information do parents get and when?  Test papers are sealed and sent to external markers after the tests. The papers arrive back in school usually early in July.  Schools then check the results and papers to ensure there are no errors.  Sometimes papers are sent for re-marking.  Schools must inform parents of SATs results by the end of the school year in July.  Parents receive test and teacher assessment levels for English and Maths.

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