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Middleton Parish Church School KS2 SAT Meeting Parent’s Information Evening Wednesday 2 nd October 2013 C Coldwell 2013
What are SAT Tests and Why do children have to take them? KS2 SAT papers are taken by pupils in year 6 (when they are 10-11 years old) as part of the National Curriculum assessment programme. KS2 SAT results are used by secondary schools to put the children into suitable sets for core subjects. They will also use these results to predict their GCSE grades. Children undertake KS2 SAT papers in three core subjects: English, Maths and Science. These are broken down into 7 separate examined tests; 6 externally marked. EnglishMaths C Coldwell 2013
Schools may also choose to hold Level 6 SAT assessments (in addition to their Level 3-5 SAT papers). In this scenario, Mrs Potts along with Miss Coldwell will consider a child's expected results before entering them for the Level 6 SAT tests as they should already be demonstrating an ability beyond Level 5. C Coldwell 2013 Annual sampling tests in Science will now take place every two years, starting in 2014.
C Coldwell 2013 Importantly, the child must achieve a Level 5 in the Level 3-5 SAT tests and pass the corresponding Level 6 test in the same year to be awarded an overall Level 6 result. If the child does not pass the Level 6 SAT test they will be awarded the Level achieved in the Level 3-5 SAT test.
What are SAT Levels? Level 3: Below the nationally expected level of attainment for a pupil at the end of Year 6. Level 4: The nationally expected level of attainment for a pupil at the end of Year 6. Level 5: Above the nationally expected level of attainment for a pupil at the end of Year 6. At school, we also use sub-levels a, b or c (a being the highest). Eg. A level 4c is a low level 4, a 4b is a secure level 4 and a 4a is a high level 4. C Coldwell 2013
What’s the Difference between Attainment and Progress? Progress At the end of KS1, Year 2, your child will have completed SAT tests. These results then enabled school to predict individual children’s progress by the end of year 6. For example, a child in Year 2 achieved Level 3b = Year 6 predicted Level 5b. (Each child is expected to achieve 2 levels progress within a key stage.) Attainment This is the expectation for a child's SAT performance according to their age. For example, an 11 year old child is expected to achieve level 4b by the end of year 6. A child achieving level 5 is working at a high level, and only one percent achieve level 6. C Coldwell 2013
How Many Tests Are There? Literacy Reading: The Level 3-5 KS2 Reading SAT Paper has changed and this year will follow a different format to previous years. The pupils will be given 3 articles to read on which they will then be asked to answer questions. As of yet we’re not sure how many questions there will be or what the test papers will look like. Sample papers will be distributed in February. The questions will vary in their depth with some only requiring a single word answer, others a paragraph to demonstrate stronger understanding (up to three marks). Pupils are encouraged to refer back to the articles at any point. It is a classic reading comprehension assessment. We are still waiting for confirmation as to how the Level 6 SAT Reading Paper will change, if at all. C Coldwell 2013
Literacy Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling: Pupils are expected to complete 2 tests. A grammar test, worth 50 marks, that assesses their understanding of and ability to use all types of grammar and punctuation. Also there is a spelling test worth 20 marks. Spelling is crucial and the over all mark is weighted heavily towards this. Literacy Written: Pupils are no longer required to take an externally examined KS2 SAT Writing Test. Instead this will now be wrapped up into an externally moderated teacher assessment. Speaking and listening tests will continue to be teacher assessed. Numeracy Mental Test: A 20 minute mental arithmetic paper. C Coldwell 2013
Numeracy Papers: KS2 Maths SATs papers (Level 3-5) comprise three formal papers, Paper 1 (45 minutes, non-calculator), Paper 2 (45 minutes, non-calculator) and mental test. A child's mark from all three papers are aggregated to create their overall Key Stage 2 Maths SATs level. As with Key Stage 2 English, schools can choose to administer the Level 6 Mathematics Tests in addition to the Level 3-5 tests. The Level 6 Mathematics tests consist of two papers Paper 1 and Paper 2 are both non-calculator papers, both lasting 30 minutes. The children's marks from both tests are aggregated to determine whether they are performing at Level 6 in mathematics. Science Papers: KS2 Science papers (Level 3-5) comprises two formal papers (40 minutes each.) C Coldwell 2013
Literacy Tests Reading Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Writing assessed throughout the year Separate levels for Reading, Writing and Grammar are awarded. C Coldwell 2013
Reading Test Examples C Coldwell 2013 Some questions will ask the children to find answers directly from the reading booklets they are given.
C Coldwell 2013 Others will require the children to deduce answers by using words or phrases as evidence.
C Coldwell 2013 Some questions will ask the children to evaluate what they have read, again using the text to back up their answers.
Assessment of Writing There is no longer a written test. The on going progress of individual children is carefully tracked and developed throughout the whole of year 6. The level assessed by the teacher in May is the SAT result. Local Authority moderators visit schools to ensure high standards of teacher assessment. C Coldwell 2013
Teacher Assessment of Writing Three strands are assessed through the writing tests: Sentence structure and punctuation Text structure and organisation Composition and effect. The composition and effect strand carries the largest number of available marks and is the main focus for this particular test. C Coldwell 2013
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test Punctuation, sentence-grammar and vocabulary will all be assessed by a series of short-answer questions in a variety of formats. Some question formats will be familiar to children from the current English reading tests and some new ones will be introduced. The spelling test will assess around 20 words and will contribute towards the whole-test score. C Coldwell 2013
Level 3-5 1. Circle all the adverbs in the sentence below. Open the drawers carefully and quietly when using the filing cabinet. 1 mark 2.Tick one word to complete the sentence below. Michael and Kate read their books ______________ they ate their sandwiches. Tick one. While which between during1 mark C Coldwell 2013 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test Examples
5. Look at this sentence: The shopping list said he should buy bread, butter, jam and tea. a) What is the name of the punctuation mark that is used after the words ‘bread’ and ‘butter’? b) Why is this punctuation mark needed in the sentence above? Tick one. to mark the start of a new clause to show that a word is missing to separate the items in a list to take the place of brackets 1 mark 1 mark C Coldwell 2013
Numeracy Tests There are three tests:- The mental test (20%) Paper 1 -no calculator allowed (40%) Paper 2 -no calculator allowed (40%) C Coldwell 2013
The tests cover Levels 3-5 The first questions on the paper are generally Level 3 questions, moving on to Level 4, with the more challenging questions at the end of the papers targeted at Level 5. C Coldwell 2013
Equipment allowed in each test No equipment allowed in the mental test. Pencil only. Children are allowed a pencil, ruler, tracing paper, protractor and mirror for Papers 1 and 2. They may not need to use all of these. C Coldwell 2013
How You Can Support Your Child At Home: Sensible bedtime. Healthy diet – eat breakfast. Drink plenty of water at home and school. Encourage your child positively, without putting too much pressure on him/her. Support with homework – provide a quiet place for work, share the targets, refer to the study guides you have loaned. Use revision guides and websites to support your child’s learning. Read with your child, discussing the content and choice of words the author has made. Ask your child questions about their reading, encouraging them to identify words or phrases to back up their answers. C Coldwell 2013