SATs PRESENTATION 2014/15 FOR YEAR 6 PARENTS Aims of the session: To ensure that parents are aware of the SATs tests in Maths and Literacy undertaken by Year 6 children next year To ensure that parents are aware of the help and support available When: 11th – 14th May 2015 Timetable for Level 3-5 Tests: Monday: English Reading Test Tuesday: English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test Wednesday: Mental Maths Test and Maths Paper 1 Thursday: Maths Paper 2 Friday: Science Tests x 2 (internal) 11th – 14th May 2014 Level 6 Tests (afternoon) Monday: English Reading Test Tuesday: English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test Thursday: Maths Paper 1 &2 English SATs There are two tests: • Reading Comprehension paper – time limited – 1 hour • Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling paper – 45 minutes (new in 2013) Content of Reading Paper Three texts (not linked by a theme) Types of questions:• Short answers • Several line answers • Longer answers • Other answers, e.g. tick, draw lines or put a ring around your answer Writing This year writing composition levels will be judged through teacher assessment alongside the tests. ‘Technical’ aspects of English will be assessed by the grammar, punctuation and spelling externally marked test. English Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling Test Paper 1: 40-50 short answer questions including multiple choice questions and short open resonse questions where a word or short sentence is required. Paper 2: spelling dictation test – 20 spellings in 20 spellings Maths Test There are 3 separate tests Two non-calculator papers:- Paper 1 – (45 mins) Paper 2 – (45 mins) • Mental Maths (20 questions/20 mins) – CD – 5 x 5 sec, 10 x 10sec, 5 x 15 sec Science No externally marked science test this year. There will be a teacher assessment level reported to parents along with other test results. SATs Levels Most children at the end of KS2 should reach Level 4 A small percentage may achieve level 3 or level 5 Level 6 English and Maths tests are optional this year How can we help your child? At school: In the weeks leading up to the tests the children will have revision sessions and the opportunity to have a go at answering questions in the SATs format. SATs style questions will reinforce learning carried out in class How can you help your child? Use revision guides published by CGP – orders can be placed for next day delivery. Check the website: http://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/pages/ home.asp Encourage your child to revise using some of the suggested websites. How can you help your child (cont) Make sure you know what homework is set and encourage your child to do it Encourage your child to read widely Find opportunities for your child to use numbers in everyday situations – the weekly shopping/cooking Encourage your child to follow up interests and talk about them Help your child to be ready to learn and not tired Make sure that your child does not miss any of the tests Study websites Here are some websites our Year 6 pupils might find helpful with KS2 SATs Revision! Literacy: The English area of the Bitesize website is packed with activities and questions to help you prepare for the National Tests in English. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/english/ These revision pages have been put together by Woodlands Junior School to help students with their revision. http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/revision/engindex.html Skillswise aims to help adults improve their reading, writing and maths skills. It is targeted at Level 1 of the adult Basic Skills Literacy & Numeracy Curriculums for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/words/grammar/ You might like to try some spelling practise on this BBC spelling site http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/spellits/home_y6flash.shtml and this site too http://www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/lookcover/lookcover.html For spelling practice, Ambleside Primary offer an automated Look, Cover, Write, Check word bank. Really useful for brushing up on Key Stage 2 spellings. In 2013 the government introduced a new Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test. You What to do if your child is ill during the SATs week. Inform the school as soon as possible –leave a message on the answer-phone. If your child can manage to come to school for the morning please ensure they do so. If necessary dose the child with a pain relief substance to lower any temperature Your child may then go home after the test Results In July the school will send you a report telling you what National Curriculum level your child has achieved in the Maths and English tests along with teacher assessment judgements and a teacher assessment level in Science. In very exceptional circumstances the school may decide to appeal if we feel that the grade achieved is too low. Stress and Feeling the Pressure We do appreciate that it is a stressful time for children (and their parents!) Try to remain positive – a positive mental attitude is a powerful tool Don’t push the children too hard. Maybe have a weekly timetable to use for revision. Have some sort of incentive for the child once the SATs are over SATs Party Friday afternoon party (15th May) Parents will be asked to contribute an item of food and drink for the party A list will be sent home in advance to let you know what to provide. In School After SATs What happens: School Production Sports Day and other sporting activities Induction day(s) at their secondary school Activities provided by Willink School Projects specifically designed for Year 6 to investigate Any questions? Please feel free to ask any questions now or speak to one of us later. 2014 Papers are available for you to see.