Information for
Parents on Key
Stage 1 SATs
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What does SATs Stand
For?
• Statutory Assessment Tasks and
Tests (also includes Teacher
Assessment).
• Usually taken at the end of Key Stage
1 (at age 7) and at the end of Key
Stage 2 (at age 11).
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What level should
children be at?
• Around 75% of children are at Level 2 by
the end of Key Stage 1.
• An average child will achieve a 2B.
• Some children will still be at Level 1 and
some children will achieve Level 3.
• A small percentage of children may not yet
be working at Level 1.
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How are the children
assessed?
• There are three sorts of
assessments: teacher assessments,
tasks and tests.
• The role of the tasks and tests is to
help inform the final teacher
assessment judgement for each child
at the end of the year.
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When will all of this
happen?
• We are assessing the children all of the
time but……….
• the tasks and tests can be administered at
any time during year 2, these will be used
to support ongoing teacher assessment.
• Tests will be completed at the beginning of
April
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What do the tests
involve?
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ENGLISH
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Reading
• A task , which will award levels 1 & 2,
will assess the child’s ability to read a
book aloud with accuracy & to discuss
the text to show their understanding.
• A test, for level 2, which will consist of a
story & 1 or more other texts, with
questions for the children to answer on
each page of a single booklet.
• A test, for level 3, which will be based on
a story & information text, together with
1 answer booklet.
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Writing
• This year there are two writing
tests.
• Short Writing Test: 30 minutes
including planning time.
• Long Writing Test: 45 minutes
including planning time.
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Writing
• Need to write in complete sentences, beginning
with a capital letter and ending with a full stop
• Must have spaces between the words
• Spellings should be accurate or readable
• Writing must be legible, preferably joined
• Aim to use speech marks, question marks &
exclamation marks
• Use imaginative and exciting language
• Follow set structures ~ stories, instructions etc.
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Spelling
• This is a short dictated passage with
20 words to be spelled.
• Marks from the spelling test will be
aggregated with the writing tests
and contribute to the overall level
recorded.
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Helping children to spell
• Encourage your child to listen to the
sounds in words
• Break down words into syllables
• Practice key words by writing them
with eyes closed, making up a
mnemonic etc.
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because
• Big Elephants Can Always Understand
Small Elephants
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Handwriting
• Handwriting will be assessed in the
longer writing test, rather than in a
separate test.
• Marks for handwriting will be
aggregated with the spelling and
writing marks to give an overall level.
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MATHS
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Maths
• A task for level 1
• Separate tests for levels 2 and 3
• The 1st 5 questions will be administered
orally for the children to write their
answers.
• A balance of marks within the tests will
reflect the structure of the national
curriculum (Number, algebra shape, space
and measures.)
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What does teacher
assessment involve, and is
it different from testing?
• Teacher assessment draws together everything
the teacher or teachers know about a child,
including observations, marked work and school
assessments.
• Teacher assessment is not a ‘snapshot’ like tests
and is therefore more reliable.
• There may sometimes be a difference between
teacher assessment results and test levels.
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What help can children
have?
• In the reading test, children must read the
text and questions by themselves, but MAY
have help recording their answers, if this is
done in a normal classroom situation.
• In maths, teachers can read questions to any child who
asks.
• Teachers can encourage, but not guide or say that an
answer is correct or incorrect.
• Words on a test paper can be transcribed where a
marker may not be able to read a child’s answer.
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How can parents help?
• The best help is interest taken in learning and
progress.
• Not putting children under too much pressure by
over-emphasising revision work.
Accept who they are and where they are ~ don’t push
them or expect more than they can give
• Ensuring children arrive at school:
- in good time
- having had breakfast
- having gone to bed at a reasonable time
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How can we prepare
our children?
Give them plenty of good food to eat
Listen when they want to speak to you
Make sure they get plenty of sleep
Give lots of love
Make sure they are as happy as they can be!
In other words ~
keep things as
normal as possible!
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What information do
parents get and when?
• Test papers are marked internally. (These may
be moderated by an LEA official.) The results
are sent electronically to the LEA.
• Schools must inform parents of their final
teacher assessment by the end of the school
year in July. This takes into account the SATs
results. Results are usually included with the
school report.
• Parents are given the overall school results as
a percentage. These are compared to
the previous year’s national figures.
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A copy of SATs PowerPoint for parents can be found here.