Year 6 SATs 2015 parents meeting

Report
Year 6 SATs 2015
11th May – 15th May 2015
SATs Tests
Reading
 Maths (including mental maths)
 SPaG
 Writing (Teacher assessment)
 Additional Level 6 tests
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Approximate Timetable
Date
Monday 11 May
Levels 3-5 English reading
Level 6 English reading
Tuesday 12 May
Levels 3-5 English grammar, punctuation and spelling
Level 6 English grammar, punctuation and spelling
Wednesday 13 May
Levels 3-5 mental mathematics
Levels 3-5 mathematics Paper 1
Thursday 14 May
Friday 16th May
Levels 3-5 mathematics Paper 2
Level 6 mathematics Paper 1
Level 6 mathematics Paper 2 (calculator allowed)
Levels 3-5 writing paper short and long
Level 6 short and long writing paper
Support
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Adults can read questions to the children in all
tests but not the reading paper.
 We can also provide additional extra time for
individuals who may require it. We will talk to
you individually if this affects you.
 The children will be sat in 2 classrooms and
additional small group rooms.
 The whole school is supportive during this
week regarding timetable changes and noise
levels.
Reading Test
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The children will have a booklet to read
containing several short texts.
 They will then have a range of questions to
answer covering skills such as fact retrieval;
inference and deduction; structure and layout;
and the author’s use of language.
 There will be a mixture of multiple choice,
short answer and longer answer questions.
 Level 6: Children will sit an additional paper;
they will have 10 minutes to read their booklet
and 50 minutes to answer the questions.
Maths Tests
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Mental Maths: a CD with a recorded test is played.
The children have 5, 10 or 15 seconds to answer the
questions testing a range of mental calculation
strategies and rapid recall of number facts.
Written Tests: Paper 1 and Paper 2, each 45minutes
long. A booklet containing questions covering all
aspects of maths (shape, space and measures; data
handling; number and calculation; problem solving).
Some questions will require short answers; some will
require explanation of reasoning. There is no
calculator paper this year.
Level 6: A additional 2 papers, each of 30minutes;
calculator allowed on Paper 2.
SPaG
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Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
The spelling test will be 20 sentences, each with a
missing word. The teacher will read the missing word
aloud, then within a sentence, then repeat the word
again. Finally the whole 20 sentences will be read
aloud again.
The written test will contain a range of questions
covering all aspects of SPaG. Some questions will be
multiple choice; some will be identifying features in the
text; some will require a written answer.
Level 6: Additional 3 papers; one spelling, one SPaG
based and one extended writing task.
Writing Assessment
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The children will complete 2 pieces of assessed
writing on the Friday of SATs week.
 These will be carried out in test conditions and
assessed internally.
 These pieces will be added to the collection of writing
the children have completed throughout the year to
give a final teacher assessment level.
 The writing will then be moderated to ensure the levels
are accurate; this may be externally.
Revision
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Revision is not compulsory- the following are
ideas if you would like to help your child
prepare for their SATs tests.
 We use a range of assessment techniques
throughout the year to assess your child’s
understanding and progress – the SATs are
one aspect of this.
 Revision is most useful in making the children
feel well prepared for their tests so that they
do not panic.
Revision Guides
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We have a range of revision guides from CGP
for you to look at. These are very cheap and
have quick delivery.
 Be aware that some of the methods taught in
the revision guides are different to the
methods the children have learned in school.
 Also be aware that we use these books for
class work and homework so we encourage
sticking to the “Study Books” for home
practice.
Helping at Home
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Any revision your child can do will help them. Simple
things like having notes stuck around the house (eg
times tables up the stairs or on the back of the toilet
door!) can really help as well. Practising recall of
mental maths facts (eg simple addition and subtraction
facts), regular reading practise including discussing
the text and discussions about content when writing
will all help children.
Eat, drink, sleep – it is crucial that the children are well
rested and refreshed for SATs, as well as having
plenty of energy to get them through! Please ensure
that your child has a good breakfast every day, a
snack for breaktime and plenty of water every day
during SATs. Also please ensure they are on time
every day – if they are late it can make them feel very
unsettled when they arrive and they could also miss
the start of tests.
STRESS!!!!!
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We really want to ensure that the we keep the stress
levels to a minimum during the SATs week! Feeling
worried and stressed will not help their performance!
Encourage your child to try their best but also try to keep
them as calm as possible regarding the tests.
Good luck mascots are allowed during the week, however
these must be small enough to fit on their table and not be
too distracting for them or those around them.
We will provide ‘sugar’ during the tests to keep them
going!
The afternoons will be kept light to ensure all children are
calm and happy!
Booster Groups
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If your child is invited to a booster group,
please ensure they attend – we carefully
select the children invited to attend based on
large amounts of data which we have collected
and analysed.
Practice SATs
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Throughout the year we will be carrying out practice
SATs papers (usually past papers or samples).
These help the children know what to expect in the
real thing.
They also help us to identify gaps in the children’s
learning and which children might need some support.
Any Questions?

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