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SATs

To start with , SATs occurs in middle of the year when you have got  to know your classmates and teacher. This is a good because you can have support during this week from a close friend during the week. Also, you will get a little treat during the week which will make it all worthwhile.


Leading up to the week, you will be doing practise in class.The practise makes it easier to do the hard questions in the tests.So this is the one time when you must listen to what your being taught If you never was enthusiasm




In the summer term, children in Year 6 will be the first to take the new SATs papers during the week commencing Monday 8th May. These tests in English and maths will reflect the new national curriculum, and are intended to be more rigorous. There is 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 are both set and marked externally, and the results will be used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables).

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

Question types, include:
  • 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.’
The Maths Tests:
Children 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 
Spelling Punctuation and Grammar Tests (SPaG):
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 adverbial phrase 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.’
Science Test - Don't Panic!
This happens bi-annually and therefore not happening this academic year. 

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’
How are the tests marked?
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 and are unlikely to be announced until AFTER all the papers have been marked and returned to schools.

Practice Papers:
The DfE has released one set of sample papers for the new SATs, which your child will have completed as a 'mock' practice earlier this year at Hiltingbury. You can also access some  free Year 6 SATs papers here from 'The School Run' - a parents information website; these relate to the old SATs, so the content and format of the new papers will be different, but they are still useful to help your child familiarise themselves with exam technique. Also http://www.compare4kids.co.uk/sats-papers.php is a really good website where you can get past papers or practice questions.