Year 6 SATs preparation meeting Standard Attainment Tests – SATs Level 5 & 6 meeting October 21st 2013 SATs preparation meeting The point of the meeting: • Explain what exams your child will be doing • Talk about what we do in school in preparation for them • Discuss what your child needs to do to get their highest mark • Suggest ways you can help at home SATs preparation meeting The exams your child will be doing Level 3 = 9. Level 4 = 11. Level 5 = 13. Level 6 = 15/16 year olds. • English Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation – external assessment • Reading Test – external assessment • Maths test – external assessment • Writing – on-going assessment in school Maths tests Two non-calculator papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2, each lasting 45 minutes Mental mathematics test, lasting 20 minutes Children’s marks from all three tests are aggregated to calculate their overall mathematics level. Examples link here. Reading Test Text Booklet and answer booklet. The booklet will contain three or four texts. Increasing in level of difficulty. Before: 15 minutes reading time and 45 minutes to answer the questions Now: one hour to read the texts and complete the questions at their own pace 35 to 40 questions (totalling 50 marks). The questions are: shorter, closed response items (such as multiple choice and matching questions); shorter, open response items; and longer, open response items that require children to explain and comment on the texts in order to demonstrate a full understanding. Questions are worth 1, 2 or 3 marks. Examples link here. Writing On-going assessment in school. Children are judged over a period of time using a range of their unaided writing. We use our ‘Red Hot Writing’ books for this purpose. Level 6 • Even more tests – on the same days • Most unusual to get L6. Questions are those expected of 15 and 16 year olds sitting GCSEs • Emaths Key Stage 3 = ‘Level 4 to 6’ papers useful • Maths – Algebra, Circles & Pi - ∏ • Reading – Why do you think the author has chosen these words…? Relating the text to own experiences. • Often ‘unusual children’ - the ones who have had a vast range of life experiences well beyond that of the their peers School preparation • Work pitched to what we asses they need • Target cards – being really clear with children about what will push their levels up • English, Maths, English, Maths, English, Maths… Highest mark possible? • • • • Read the question properly Double check the answer looks right Finish in the time allowed Work hard in lessons – don’t distract, ignore others who try to distract, listen carefully, ask questions if unsure… How home can help • Pounce on them with times tables questions • Make them read aloud to younger children from their own reading book/ Kindle, practise in front of the mirror (ENUNCIATE to become a better reader and speller!) • Emaths.co.uk – practise questions, check answers using the answer booklet • Sleep, food, exercise, space….