Year 6 SATs

In the summer term of 2017, children in Year 6 will be sitting the new SATs papers. These tests in English and maths will reflect the new national curriculum, and are intended to be more rigorous. There will also be a completely new marking scheme to replace the existing national curriculum levels.At the end of Year 6, children will sit tests in:

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

These tests will be both set and marked externally and your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment and progress. .

The reading test will be a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.

There will be a selection of question types, including:

  • Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’
  • Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’
  • Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’
  • Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
  • Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’
  • Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’
  • Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’

The grammar, punctuation and spelling test will consist of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes.

The grammar and punctuation test will include two sub-types of questions:

  • Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’
  • Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’

Children will sit three papers in maths:

  • Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes
  • Papers 2 and 3: reasoning, 40 minutes per paper

Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:

  • Multiple choice
  • True or false
  • Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart
  • Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem

Writing - this will be teacher assessed throughout the year and reported at the end of year 6.

Not all children in Year 6 will take science SATs. However, a number of schools will be required to take part in science sampling: a test administered to a selected sample of children thought to be representative of the population as a whole. (Monday 6 to Friday 17 June is the science sampling test period in which your child might sit the tests.) For those who are selected, there will be three papers:

  • Biology: 25 minutes, 22 marks
  • Chemistry: 25 minutes, 22 marks
  • Physics: 25 minutes, 22 marks

It sounds very intimidating, but these are ‘questions in a physics/chemistry/biology context’, for example:

Biology: ‘Describe the differences in the life cycle of an amphibian and a mammal’

Chemistry: ‘Group a list of materials according to whether they are solid, liquid or gas’

Physics: ‘Predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, based on where the poles are facing.

The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 8 May 2017.

The previous national curriculum levels have been scrapped, and instead children will be given scaled scores. You will be given your child’s raw score (the actual number of marks they get), alongside their scaled score and whether they have reached the national average. The score needed to reach the national average has yet to be announced.

We will be running  a SATs Breakfast Club during the week of SATs (every day but Friday) from 8am in Chestnut Class.  This will be an opportunity for children to ask the teachers questions about the structure of the SATS for that day and to clarify any areas of learning that they are unsure about (this will be dictated by the needs of the children).  Please look out for a letter in book bags as we will need a permission slip returned. 

Please note that if your child is ill during this week PLEASE telephone the school as soon as possible so that we can arrange for your child to take the test.  Also we are unable to authorise any holidays in the month of May.  

MONDAY 8th May -           English reading test

TUESDAY 9th May -        English grammar, punctuation and spelling test - Paper 1
                                           English grammar, punctuation and spelling test - Paper 2

WEDNESDAY 10th May – Mathematics - Paper 1 
                                           Mathematics - Paper 2

THURSDAY 11th May -      Mathematics - Paper 3

Click on the link below to see a short video aimed at parents to give outline information about the new National Curriculum tests.

https://youtu.be/nF1n1g4CePI

Please click below to see the Power Point presentation in respect of the SATs

SATS Meeting Presentation

 

Thank you for your support

Year 6 staff

 

                                               

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