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Key Stage 2 SATs Welcome 6th November 2012
What does SAT stand for? • Statutory Assessment Test! ..in English and Maths. • Who should take the tests? All children working at levels 3 – 5. • Level 6 papers no longer exist for our most able, though pupils can be teacher assessed at a level 6.
Don’t Panic!!! • SATs are not the be all and end all of LIFE! • Most importantly, children should learn: ‘Skills for Life’. • BUT, it is our job to encourage and guide the children so that they can achieve their best ready for transfer to secondary school.
Special Arrangements • SEN- A small number of pupils qualify for ‘additional time’. • NB: ANY CHILD, AT ANY TIME, IN ANY TEST(except the reading test!) CAN HAVE QUESTIONS READ TO THEM IF THEY ASK.
What happens after the tests? • Test papers must be sent to external markers no later than 48 hours after completion of the last test. • Marked scripts will be returned to schools in July. • Results shared with pupils and parents. • Life after SATs! - Residential, Secondary Liaison, Year 6 Leavers Assembly and the end of year performance for parents. As well as lots more.
English Test • Reading Test - 15 mins. reading time and 45 mins. answering time. • Spelling & Grammar Test - Details to follow by Department of Education
What is the English grammar, punctuation and spelling test? • The English grammar, punctuation and spelling test assesses your child’s English • skills in five key areas in Year 6: • spelling • punctuation • grammar • vocabulary • handwriting
Writing – since May 2012 can be assessed internally. NOT EXTERNALLY MARKED • Long Writing Task (45 mins including planning) • Short Writing Task (20 mins including planning)
What we look for in Writing! • Purpose • Audience • Structure • Organisation • Punctuation • Style • Effect
It’s a Mystery A mystery story starts with these words: Ali stood silently, looking at the door. With a slow creaking sound, it opened. Taking a deep breath, Ali walked inside … Your task is to continue the beginning of the mystery storyby describing what it was like through the door. Short Writing Task – Narrative
It’s my favourite meal Think about your favourite meal. What do you like about it? How would you describe it to someone who has never tasted it? Think of its appearance, how it smells and what it tastes like. Think about what makes the meal special. Your task is to write a description of your favourite mealfor someone who has never tasted it. Short Writing Task Example – Descriptive Writing
Sea World A new Sea World centre has just been built to give people the chance to find out more about endangered species. Now the owners need a leaflet, to tell people all there is to see and do. It should persuade them to visit the centre. Now you must produce the writing to go in the leaflet. You should think about: reasons why people should come to the centre; what there is to see and do; other useful information. Long Writing Task Examples – Persuasive Leaflet
Feature article: Meeting Oran You are going to write a feature article about Oran for a magazine. Readers of the magazine want to find out as much as possible about him, his planet and his life there. Imagine that you have interviewed Oran to collect information for your article. Remember you can also use clues from the whole reading booklet ‘Footprints in Space’ to help you make up a complete picture of Oran and his planet. Newspaper Article
Reading • One Test • They read a booklet for 15 minutes • Then answer questions about the content of the booklet for 45 minutes. • Entire reading mark goes on this test
English Levels • Level N = 0 - 19 • Level 2 = 20 - 22 • Level 3 = 23 - 43 • Level 4 = 44 - 66 • Level 5 = 67- 100 • (Based on 2009 Level Threshold)
Maths Test • Test A - 45 minutes Non -calculator • Test B - 45 minutes Calculator • Mental Arithmetic - 20 minutes
Maths Test Marks • Test A = 40% • Test B = 40% • Mental Arithmetic = 20%
Maths Levels • Level N = 0 - 14 • Level 2 = 15 - 17 • Level 3 = 18 - 45 • Level 4 = 46 - 76 • Level 5 =77 - 100 (Based on 2009 Level Threshold)
Mental Maths 2012 • White boards at the ready.. • 5 seconds • 10 seconds • 15 seconds
SATS WEEK! 13th May – 17th May. • Monday - Reading Test • Tuesday - Spelling & Grammar Test • Wednesday - Maths Test A Mental Arithmetic Test • Thursday - Maths Test B
Teacher Assessment • Levels given for the different areas of English, Maths and Science. • An overall subject level is given for each subject. • Most important method for assessing children as this relates to attainment throughout the key stage and especially during the whole of Year 6.
What do the parents receive? • Individual Teacher Assessments for each subject. • Individual Test levels for each subject. • Comparative school results. • National results.
What can WE do? Homework Revision timetable Experience of previous papers Practise timings of writing (every week) Practise times tables & mental skills Practise writing to speed (legible!) Practise spellings of common words. Encourage reading(short stories & other)
What equipment do pupils need? • Nothing! • We provide all equipment. • If pupils do bring own pencil case, must be transparent. • Any equipment has to be checked before it can be used. • Refreshments? Have water as usual and can bring in a ‘snack’.
What happens if a child is ill? • No test = no level! • Can arrange for test to be taken later in the day, or at home, as long as security and confidentiality of the test is not compromised.
10 easy ways to help your child prepare for the tests • 1. No Pressure! • 2. Take an interest • 3. Play games to reinforce learning • 4. Find opportunities for learning at home • 5. Practice when you are ‘out & about’ • 6. Balance/ Relaxation • 7. Preparation - various resources available, including study guides. • 8. Make a revision timetable • 9. Staying healthy (sleep, exercise, food, water) • 10. Be positive ! As long as your child does their best, then they have succeeded.
Thank you for your continuing support