2 Aims of the session To share important information about KS2 SATs To answer any questions about KS2 SATsDiscuss / share ideas about how you as a parent can help your child at home
3 What are KS2 SATs? Standard Assessment Tests All children have to be tested before they go to high schoolProvide assessment information for high schoolsPurpose – assign National Curriculum levels to children before they leave primary school
4 What level should Y6 children be at? Level 2 – these children will not be entered for the testsLevel 3 – below age related expectationLevel 4 – age related expectation ( this is now a 4B )Level 5 – above age related expectationThis is dependent on what level your child entered KS2 on.
5 What other information do high schools want? SATs resultsTeacher assessmentsTests administered by the high schoolsIt varies according to which high school your child is going to
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 (children who don’t do the SATs).
7 How is SATs week organised? A timetable is issued to school, telling us on which days/sessions tests must be administered.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.Children are divided into groups for test administration to ensure they are properly supported and feel secure.
8 SATs Timetable Year 6 SATs Week 12th May – 16th May Monday 12th May Tuesday 13th MayWednesday 14th MayThursday 16thMayFriday 17th MayEnglish - Reading TestEnglish – Grammar, punctuation and spelling testScience test paper 1Mental Maths TestMaths Test AScience paper 2Maths Test BLevel 6 Maths paper 1Level 6Maths paper 2English short writing testEnglish long writing test
10 How can parents help?The best help is interest taken in learning and progress.Supporting homework.Good communication between the school and home.Getting a good sleep on a school night!
11 English SATs English SATs consist of: A reading test A grammar, punctuation and spelling testA writing test ( this is now teacher assessed and then moderated by the local Authority )
12 THE READING TEST – 50 MARKS 1 hourUsually three different text types; however, this is changing this year.1 mark to 3 marks for a questionBiggest weighting – retrieval and inference
13 There are 4 main types of questions on the reading paper: Literal – answer is there in the textDeductive – look for cluesInferential – read between the linesAuthorial intent – e.g. why does an author use a particular word
14 ‘A Day in the English Countryside’ Sentence from:‘A Day in the English Countryside’As the afternoon light started to fade, the cow stopped eating grass, stood instead with its head over the gate and gazed expectantly down the lane.How light was it? (Literal)What three things did the cow do? (Literal)What time of day was it? (Deductive)Where was the cow? (Deductive)What do you think the cow was expecting? (Inferential)What strategies does the writer use to give the reader so much information in a single sentence? (Authorial intent)
15 How can parents help with reading? Ensure your child reads every night!Encourage them to read fiction and non-fiction.Try to listen to your child read and ask them questions about the text.Help them with the different skills of reading especially ‘skim’ reading where they are looking for key words in the text.Speed readingReading homework
17 How can parents help with writing? Again, reading a variety of texts – the more children read, the more familiar they become with different text typesReading homework – text analysisWriting homework – is very rare - but getting your child to write as much as possible –even shopping lists helpSpelling – spelling lists / rules every week –make sure your child knows the high frequency wordsGrammar and punctuation homework – work with your child on theseExamples of level 4 and 5 writing
20 GRAMMARNational Curriculum KS2 expectations:Pupils should know:What the term ‘word class’ means and the jobs of different word classes – nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, connectives, articles.
21 PUPILS NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE TERMS: QUESTIONSTATEMENTCOMMAND
22 PUPILS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CONJUNCTIONS althoughbecausehoweverChoosing the correct one for the context ofthe sentence
25 Pupils are expected to have a sound grasp of subject – verb agreement and tense agreement:
26 PUNCTUATION!!Pupils need to know how to use:capital lettersfull stopsquestion and exclamation markscommas in listscommas to mark phrases or clausesinverted commasapostrophesbrackets, ellipses, colons
27 SPELLING TEST = 20 MARKSSPaG TEST = 50 MARKSIn the sample test, the distribution of questions was as follows:Grammar 29 marksVocabulary 9 marksPunctuation 12 marks
29 The Maths Tests There are 3 papers for all pupils: Mental Test - Out of 20Test A (No calculators allowed) - Out of 40Test B (No Calculators allowed) - Out of 40Some pupils will sit the Level 6 tests:Paper A (No calculator allowed) – Out of 25Paper B ( Calculator allowed) – Out of 25
30 The Maths Mental Test Wednesday 14th May 2014 A warm-up to the written testsApprox. 20 minutes20 questions/marked out of 20Covers all the strands with an emphasis on number
33 To help your child in the mental test: Times tables EVERY dayNumber bonds up to 100Measure – how many g’s in a kg?Double and halfQuick addition factsDivision factsNames of shapes
34 Test A – No calculator allowed 45 minutesTests pupils at Levels 3 to 5.Up to 25 questions and worth 40 marks.Covers all the strands in mathematics with number being more heavily weighted.
35 Test B – Calculator NOT allowed (this is a change from 2013) 45 minutesTests pupils at Levels 3 to 5.Up to 25 questions and worth 40 marks.Covers all the strands in mathematics with Number being more heavily weighted.
36 General Hints for Success Underline key wordsAsk for questions to be read to youAnnotate diagramsShow all the steps to multi-step problemsEnsure digits are legible – digit formationNever overwrite a wrong answer
37 The Facts- what children need to know Number bondsTables factsDivision factsFraction, decimal and percentage equivalentsNames and properties of shapesMeasures
38 How You Can Help at Home Regular tables practice Regular four rules calculation practice – caution please- children learn a variety of methods at school – let them use which one they find easiest!Revision/Practice resourcesCGP bookletsWebsitesBBC BitesizeMaths for RealEnsure homework is handed in on timeKeep in touch via the plannerSchool calculation policy (website)Encourage your child to ask for a question to be read to them if they do not understand.
39 What do SATs questions look like and some helpful strategies
43 Some questions are worth one mark and therefore accuracy is important. Other questions are worth two marks and even if the answer is wrong, a mark may be given for correct working.Teachers may read questions in both written papers to pupils if asked.
44 TIMES TABLES!!! How can parents help with Maths? Support with homework – not just helping with the Maths but reading the question can really help.TIMES TABLES!!!Help your child to check their work through – this will help them to spot mistakes that can sometimes be easily fixed.
48 What are we doing? Amazing teaching of course! Vibrant curriculum – cross-curricular teachingSetting for Maths and EnglishTeaching assistant supportBooster sessionsHomeworkTest preparationFun – hard work but no stress on the children!