Year 6 SATS take place during the week commencing 14-5-18
Assessment and Reporting
- ‘Old’ national curriculum levels (e.g. Level 3, 4, 5) have now been abolished, as set out in the government guidelines.
- From 2016, test scores have been reported as ‘scaled scores’.
- Your child will still be taught with the highest expectations and cover all required elements of the curriculum, similar to previous years.
- The new curriculum is more rigorous and sets high expectations for all children.
Scaled Score Examples
On publication of the test results in July 2018.
- A child awarded a scaled score of 100 is judged to have met the ‘national standard’ in the area judged by the test.
- A child awarded a scaled score of more than 110 is judged to have exceeded the national standard and demonstrated a higher than expected knowledge of the curriculum for their age.
- A child awarded a scaled score of less than 100 is judged to have not yet met the national standard and performed below expectation for their age.
- Key Stage 2 SATs take place nationally in the week commencing 14th May 2018
- Statutory tests will be administered in the following subjects:
Punctuation, Vocabulary and Grammar (45 minutes)
Spelling (approximately 15 minutes)
Reading (60 minutes)
– Paper 1: Arithmetic (30 minutes)
– Paper 2: Reasoning (40 minutes)
– Paper 3: Reasoning (40 minutes)
- All tests are externally marked.
Writing will be ‘Teacher Assessed’ internally, as in recent years.
How to help your child
- Support and reassure your child that there is nothing to worry about and they should always just try their best. Praise and encourage!
- Ensure your child has the best possible attendance at school, this includes being punctual
- Support your child with any homework tasks.
- Reading, spelling and arithmetic (e.g. times tables) are always good to practise.
- Talk to your child about what they have learnt at school and what book(s) they are reading (the character, the plot, their opinion).
- Make sure your child has a good sleep and healthy breakfast every morning! Year 6 Children are invited to come to breakfast club during SATS week, starting at 8am.
How to help with reading
- Listening to your child read can take many forms.
- Enjoy stories together – reading stories to your child at KS1 and KS2 is equally as important as listening to your child read.
- Read a little at a time but often, rather than rarely but for long periods of time!
- Talk about the story before, during and afterwards – discuss the plot, the characters, their feelings and actions, how it makes you feel, predict what will happen and encourage your child to have their own opinions.
- Look up definitions of words together – you could use a dictionary, the internet or an app on a phone or tablet.
- All reading is valuable – it doesn’t have to be just stories. Reading can involve anything from fiction and non-fiction, poetry, newspapers, magazines, football programmes, TV guides.
How to help with writing and spelling, punctuation and grammar
- Practise and learn spelling lists – make it fun! – Ask in school if you would like a copy of our spelling lists.
- Encourage opportunities for writing such as letters to family or friends, shopping lists, notes or reminders, stories or poems.
- Write together – be a good role model for writing.
- Encourage use of a dictionary to check spelling and a thesaurus to find synonyms and expand vocabulary
- Remember that good readers become good writers! Identify good writing features when reading (e.g. vocabulary, sentence structure, punctuation).
How to help with maths
- Play times tables games
- Play mental maths games including counting in different amounts, forwards and backwards
- Encourage opportunities for telling the time
- Encourage opportunities for counting coins and money; finding amounts or calculating change when shopping
- Look for numbers on street signs, car registrations and anywhere else!
- Look for examples of 2D and 3D shapes around the home
- Identify, weigh or measure quantities and amounts in the kitchen or in recipes
- Play games involving numbers or logic, such as dominoes, card games, darts or chess