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SATs 2017

2017 Key Stage 2 tests

Please watch this video which outlines what the 2017 SATs involve for our Year 6 pupils. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Year 6 SATs 2017: What You Need To Know

 

 

KS2 SATs were overhauled to be in line with the new national curriculum in May 2016. If your child will be sitting Y6 SATs in 2017, read on for the most up-to-date information for parents.

 

In the summer term of 2016, children in Year 2 and Year 6 were the first to take the new SATs papers. The new-style SATs for English and maths reflect the new national curriculum, and are more rigorous than previous years' tests. There is also a completely new SATs marking scheme and grading system which has replaced national curriculum levels. This means Y6 pupils no longer receive results as levels, but as a scaled score between 80-120. Pupils who receive a score of 100 or more are deemed 'at the expected level for Year 6', pupils who score 110 or more are deemed "greater depth".

 

At the end of Year 6, children sit tests in:

 

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

 

These tests are both set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.

 

Key Stage 2 Reading

 

The reading test 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.

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.’
  • Predicting: e.g. - 'Can you predict what will happen after Tom meets Oliver in the next chapter?'
  • 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 year was Jungle Book published?'
  • 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.’

 

Key Stage 2 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test

 

The grammar, punctuation and spelling test consists 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.’

 

 

Key Stage 2 Maths Test

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; addition, subtraction, division and multiplication of fractions; percentages of an amount; 

 

Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types that test how a child can apply their mathematical knowledge to longer mathematical problems, 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
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