Following a few questions about the forthcoming SATs, we wanted to clarify the procedures for the tests and echo some of the news that Miss French and I shared with you at the SATs meeting that took place last term. Our message remains the same - we want children to do their best, but this is not achieved with added stress and worry that the SATs can sometimes bring. If you do choose to look at any of the websites below, make it fun, light-hearted and not a chore.
Writing SATs (Sunday 11th May) This assessment is a ‘Teacher Assessment’ grade and marked within school. The writing task will be presented ‘unseen’ to the children and their responses, along with the teacher assessments from across the year, will be used to form an overall level judgement. We moderate the writing across the year group, as well as involving teachers from Years 5, 7 and 8 in order to find an agreed level of attainment. To help your child in the run up to the writing SATs, we would recommend looking at a range of writing genres and identifying good writing features e.g. a range of punctuation, a variety of sentence types and how the writing engages the reader.
Science SATs (Tuesday 13th May) Along with the writing SATs, to conform with the changes in the UK the school will not be sitting a science SATs test this year. Instead we have devised a practical science investigation that will enable us to make a judgement of your child’s scientific investigation skills. This assessment will be presented ‘unseen’ to the children, but we will provide the children with a range of equipment in order for them to answer a given scientific question. The content of the practical assessment could be any area of the Key Stage 2 science curriculum - in previous years, the written SATs paper would have tested any area children have previously covered. The practical assessment with be presented alongside a formal science write-up, a data task and a concept cartoon - questioning a common misconception about a scientific process.
Maths SATs (27th and 28th May) In a change to what we shared with you at the SATs meeting, the UK government has decided that both Paper A and Paper B will be a written paper without the use of a calculator. This is a change from all previous SATs years and we are continuing to work on this in class. The mental maths format remains the same.
SPAG (Tuesday 27th May) The SPAG test will look at your child’s ability to identify punctuation and grammar within a variety of different contexts. Children will be asked multiple choice questions as well as closed procedure questions. The spelling element of the SATs will test 20 ‘unseen’ words.
Reading (Thursday 29th May) In a change to what we shared with you at the SATs meeting, the UK government has changed the structure of the reading assessment. The allocated time remains the same (60 minutes) although children are now given the opportunity to begin answering the questions as soon as they are ready - rather than using 15 minutes for reading and 45 minutes for responses. We feel that this will help the children and we are looking at strategies with the children over the weeks that lead up to the SATs.
Level 6 Papers A reminder that children will be invited to sit the optional level 6 SATs papers if they show their teacher that they are working comfortably at the higher end of level 5. The jump to a level 6 at primary is significant and teachers will not put children forward for the assessment if there is any doubt that they will not achieve a 5a in any of the levels 3-5 papers.
Level 6 Maths Papers 1 and 2: Wednesday 28th May Level 6 SPAG Papers: Thursday 29th May Level 6 Reading Paper: Sunday 1st June
Thank you for reading this,
Russell Smart, Hannah French and the Year 6 Teachers