What are SATs? Statutory assessment tests A legal requirement All 11 year olds in England sit the tests They now measure a child’s attainment in English (including SPAG) and Mathematics at the end of key stage 2.
Why are SATs important? Like any other formal examination process. Give you information about where your child is (academically). Gives you a comparison to see how much they have progressed throughout their time at Childer Thornton Informs secondary schools of academic ability and this information is used for target setting.
New Curriculum The children are the first cohort to be working towards the new national curriculum. The current Year 6 will be the first to be tested under the new framework. Levels have been replaced with a scaled score. There has been no guidance on what score a child needs obtain to achieve the national standard.
Scaled scores Children develop at different levels but at the end of Year 6 the expected level is a scaled score of 100. REMEMBER – ALL children are different. School’s aim is to make sure all children achieve appropriate progress from the end of KS1.
What will be tested? Maths 1.Paper 1 - Arithmetic (30 minutes)* 2.Paper 2 – Reasoning (40 minutes) 3.Paper 3 – Reasoning (40 minutes) * Paper 1 has replaced the mental mathematics paper English Reading – 1 hour to read and answer questions based around 3-4 different texts Spelling Punctuation and Grammar 1.Paper 1 – Questions (45 minutes) 2.Paper 2 – Spelling test – 20 spellings. Writing – No longer a ‘one off’ test within the SATs week. This is continuously assessed throughout the year.
Maths o This test has three papers: o Paper 1 – Arithmetic- 30 minutes (36 questions – 40 marks) o These questions aim to test the child’s ability in arithmetic. This is a written test but they are required to use both mental and written skills. Questions types include adding and subtracting Complex calculations including with fractions Long division and multiplication Paper 2 and 3 Reasoning – 40 minutes ( 35 marks) (previously Paper B allowed the use of a calculator) Mental Arithmetic – 5, 10 or 15 seconds per question (20%) Some of the questions require the children to show their processing skills Many of the questions require the children to show their skill in mathematical reasoning in a variety of situations
Can we read to the children? If a child requests it, we can read words and numbers out to them. We are not allowed to read mathematical symbols. For example Q. What does ‘>’ or ‘<‘ mean? A. I can’t tell you, but think hard and try to remember. We can talk about it after the test. Q. What is ‘0.6’? A. That’s nought point six.
Level Thresholds Level Thresholds We do not know the score needed to reach the expected level, however we are assuming that it will be around 60/110 marks.
Arithmetic – 1 minute Look at the page titled arithmetic
English Consists of writing, reading, spelling, handwriting and grammar. Consists of writing, reading, spelling, handwriting and grammar. Reading Test (1 hour) Reading Test (1 hour) Spelling Test, Punctuation and Grammar test. Spelling Test, Punctuation and Grammar test. Writing is assessed throughout the year by the class teacher. Writing is assessed throughout the year by the class teacher.
The aspects of reading to be assessed Give /explain the meaning of words in context. Retrieve and record information / identify key details from fiction and non-fiction. Summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph. Make inferences from the text / explain and justify inferences with evidence from the text. Predict what might happen from details stated and implied. Identify / explain how information / narrative content is related and contributes to meaning as a whole. Identify / explain how meaning is enhanced through choice of words and phrases. Make comparisons within the text.
Level Thresholds Level Thresholds To get to the expected level we are anticipating the children need to score around 25/50
One 45 minute test followed by a spelling test Grammatical terms / word classes Functions of sentences Combining words,phrases and clauses Verb forms, tenses and consistency Punctuation Vocabulary Standard English and formality Even though the spelling is only 20 out of the 70 marks, this section is EXTREMELY important. Total of 70 marks Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Test
Turn to page on spelling, punctuation and grammar
Science Science SATs have been discontinued. Science SATs have been discontinued. Some schools are sampled bi -annually. Some schools are sampled bi -annually. We provide a teacher assessment level for the children on work produced throughout the year We provide a teacher assessment level for the children on work produced throughout the year.
You will receive at end of Year 6... Teacher assessments and SATs level for English (Reading, writing and SPAG) and Maths These normally arrive in July and will be sent out with the end of year report These normally arrive in July and will be sent out with the end of year report. The Results
What will School do to Help? Booster groups -Writing – -Maths – -Reading - Revision has started - children will receive normal teaching but with more opportunities to answer past questions, additional mental maths lesson and reading comprehension.
Homework We will be giving out a past paper each week, which will be English or Maths Children will be given a task on spag.com Regular spellings will be sent home to learn.
What can you do to prepare your child? Revision – help your child to revise & practise skills. Daily reading and discussion about their books. Daily reading and discussion about their books. Learn & practise spellings. Learn & practise spellings. Learn & practise times tables (forwards and backwards). Learn & practise times tables (forwards and backwards). Discuss specific areas to work on with teachers at parents evening. Discuss specific areas to work on with teachers at parents evening. Ensure your child completes their homework. Ensure your child completes their homework. Most importantly – don’t stress! Your child will be working hard in school and any extra they do at home should be enjoyable. Most importantly – don’t stress! Your child will be working hard in school and any extra they do at home should be enjoyable.
How to revise Concentrate on areas of weakness, not what they can do easily. Short bursts (20minutes). Revision guides Internet
Useful websites. There is a handout on your table for you to take www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/zbr9wmn This is an excellent site, providing revision help for KS2, KS3, KS 4 and KS5. This covers all subjects through activities and tests. www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/zbr9wmn www.parentsintouch.co.uk (this site has printable SATS papers) www.parentsintouch.co.uk www.emaths.co.uk (this site has printable SATS papers) www.emaths.co.uk www.lettsrevision.com (this has details of revision guides) www.lettsrevision.com http://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/pages/books.asp (these books have all your child needs to know, presented in a fun way) http://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/pages/books.asp http://www.parkfieldict.co.uk/sats/ English and Maths revision activities and games. http://www.parkfieldict.co.uk/sats/ http://www.icteachers.co.uk/children/children_sats.htm A wide range of KS2 SATs questions, from both past papers and their own team of teachers. http://www.icteachers.co.uk/children/children_sats.htm
Believe it or not….. most children actually enjoy SATs week! Lots of snacks are provided!
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