The SATs Tests2017
What are the SATs?
SATs are Standard Assessment Tests. These statutory assessments are part of the Government's commitment to raising standards. They are used to show your child's progress and are far more formal than Key Stage 1, hence they seem much more stressful!
The idea of the SATs is to show what pupils have learnt and retained since Year 2.
The children are tested on all of the work they have covered in Key Stage 2 in English and Maths.
What happens during SATs testing week?
10th MayThursday 11th May
Morning SATs English SATs English SATs Maths SATs Maths Normal Timetable
Afternoon Normal Timetable
Helping your child get ready for SATs week.
• Ensure that your child is reading each day – they should spend 20-30 minutes on this activity. Take time to check your child’s understanding of what they are reading. This is especially important as we approach SATs as it is a useful way for students to practise their comprehension skills.
• After the Easter Break, Y6 children will only be given homework in English and Maths. Time assigned for homework should be spent completing English and Maths work as well as reviewing what has been covered in lessons on that day.
Helping your child during the SATs.
• Ensure your child has plenty of sleep.
• Allow your child time for rest and relaxation.
• Ensure your child has breakfast – we offer a free breakfast to all Year 6 students during SATs week, starting from 8am.
• Assist your child in being organised for the day ahead, ensuring they have the correct equipment.
The English SATs Tests2017
Monday 8th May 2017
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Test (SPAG Test)
Tuesday 9th May 2017
• This year the texts in the English reading booklet will not be linked by a theme. The booklet will contain three or four texts. The least demanding text should come first with the following texts increasing in level of difficulty.
• Instead of being given 15 minutes reading time and 45 minutes to answer the questions, children will have a total of one hour to read the texts and complete the questions at their own pace – they will have to manage their own time.
What will the children be asked to do?
The reading answer booklet will comprise of approximately 35 to 40 questions (totalling 50 marks).
The questions are:
• shorter, closed response items (such as multiple choice and matching questions);
• shorter, open response items;
• longer, open response items that require children to explain and comment on the texts in order to demonstrate a full understanding.
Questions are worth 1, 2 or 3 marks.
Tips and Tricks to Help your ChildRead together regularly, then question your child about what he/she
has read to check understanding.
Ask quick-fire questions to get your child to find facts quickly.
Ask tricky questions to encourage your child to think more deeply and use inference.
Ask your child to provide quotes from the text to back up what he/she has said.
Encourage your child to read a range of texts to build familiarity.
Ask them to summarise what they have read in a paragraph or chapter – they will be tested on this skill.
Encourage your child to use new vocabulary – question them on what our Word of the Week is!
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Test
The English grammar, punctuation and spelling test has two components, worth a total of 70 marks.
• Paper 1: short-answer questions (50 marks)
• Paper 2: a spelling task (20 marks)
SPAG Paper One
Paper 1 consists of between 40 and 50 questions which assess grammar, punctuation and
The questions are:
• selected response items (such as multiple choice questions);
• short, open response items, in which children may have to write a word, a few words or a sentence;
• basic insertion questions, where the children may need to add appropriate punctuation.
Terminology has become more
difficult – children are expected to
know more terms compared to
Children will now be expected
to explain how punctuation can
change the meaning of sentences.
Context is key.
The orange was delicious.
The orange ball bounced down the road.
SPAG Paper Two
Paper 2, the spelling task, consists of 20 sentences
which are read aloud by the test administrator.
Each sentence has a word missing which the child must complete. The words will usually be chosen for their use of common letter strings.
The task is worth a total of 20 marks. This shows more emphasis is now being placed on spelling as previously, only 7 marks were allotted to spelling.
Tips and Tricks to Help your Child
Ask your child to pick out errors in punctuation he/she may see (e.g.. i’m lovin’ it).
Quiz your child on word classes – nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs. Remember that context is key.
When your child is learning his/her spellings, look for rules to learn rather than just learning the words on the list.
When practising spellings, make sure that your child only uses a capital letter or apostrophe where necessary.
In the booklet you have been given, there is an example of the grammar tick lists which are usually found at the back of your child’s best book –feel free to use this with your child when doing revision.
How we are preparing the children…
• Booster sets started at the start of Year 6.• Intervention groups have been running since September.
• Lunchtime sessions every Monday which focus mainly on the new grammar terminology.
• Easter booster sessions will be held during the holidays for specific children to provide extra revision opportunities. There will be an Easter booklet for all children.
• Spring term focuses on reading, grammar, punctuation, spelling strategies and test techniques.
• Cross-curricular teaching.• Weekly spelling tests.
• Homework based on what they may be tested on.• New resources, such as Literacy Boot Camp and CGP books.
• Test preparation – practice tests are in their classrooms to ensure children are relaxed and are in a familiar setting.
• Test paper analysis to identify what the children are finding tricky.• Support for all children.
• Pupil progress meetings are held every half term to ensure that all children are making progress and are receiving any additional support they may require.
Mathematics SATs consist of:
This is a 30 minute paper which focuses entirely on number work.
An arithmetic test – 10th May
Two written reasoning test papers – one on 10th and one on 11th May
Both papers are 40 minutes long, a calculator can not be used for either paper.
Arithmetic PaperThis is replacing the mental maths test, 2016 was the first year the children will have to sit this style of paper.
The questions are mostly worth one mark, long division and long multiplication questions are worth two.
Formal written methods are encouraged. If the child only makes one error in their working out but still uses formal methods they can still get one of the marks.
The background of the test is squared paper to encourage these methods.
Starts off fairly straight forward.
Lots of children forget all their mental methods and try and do everything using written methods.
Around 35 questions on this paper so have less than a minute for each.
Gets much harder by the end!
These were types of questions that used to be in the level 6 paper.
No longer a level 6 paper, all children will sit the same paper.
Some questions are worth one mark and therefore accuracy is important.
Other questions are worth two and even three 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.
•The best help is interest taken in learning and progress.
•Good communication between the school and home.
•Getting a good sleep on a school night!
•Ensuring attendance at school from now until SATs
How can parents help?
•Support with homework – not just helping with the Maths but reading the question can really help.
•Help your child to check their work through – this will help them to spot mistakes that can sometimes be easily fixed.
•Practise written methods of calculation!!!
How can parents help with Maths preparation?
What are we doing?
•Cross-curricular teaching•Setting for Maths•Teaching assistant support •Intervention groups•Before school intervention•Lunchtime sessions•Easter revision sessions•Homework•Easter booklet•Test preparation•Encouragement
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and finally ...whatever happens your child
will get the result which reflects where they
are.....rest assured, they have all made progress and nobody
could ask more from them!