Years 2 Sats Information for Parents

Information for Parents
Wednesday 2nd April 2014
Outline of the Session
• What are SATs?
• An overview of the tasks and tests
• Teacher assessment
• Levels
• The results
• What can I do to help?
What are SATs?
• Statutory Assessment Tasks (Tests)
• A measure of success
• Children’s skills are assessed in
Reading, Writing and Mathematics
• Tests are used to inform Teacher
Overview of the Tasks and Tests
• Tests take place in class room or in a
quiet area if in a smaller group.
• Enough time is given to complete the test.
• Level 2 test is completed before moving to
the Level 3 test.
• Some children will be given a task to
complete with a teacher instead of a test.
Tasks and Tests
Assessment Area
Task and Test for 2014
Reading Tests:
Paper test and/or separate booklet
Whole class or in groups, unlimited time, but
usually 40-45 minutes
Levels 2 and 3
Spelling Test:
Whole class or in groups
Usually about 15-25 minutes
Levels 1-3
Short Writing Task:
Whole class or in small groups
Whole class or in groups, unlimited time, but
usually 25-35 minutes
Levels 1-3
Reading Task:
Sharing a book with a teacher,
running record and discussion
Individually, about 15-20 minutes
Levels 1 and 2
Long Writing Task:
Whole class or in small groups
Whole class or in groups, unlimited time, but
usually 40-45 minutes
Levels 1-3
Maths Tests:
Paper test
Whole class or in groups, unlimited time, but
usually 40-45 minutes
Levels 2 and 3
Maths Task:
Questions with a teacher using
resources and answer paper
Individually or small groups,
usually about 20-30 minutes
Level 1
Overview of the Tasks and Tests
• Reading Test: Level 2 paper with text and questions;
Level 3 separate answer paper and booklet. Adults not
allowed to read any part of the test.
• Spelling: paper with pictures to label and a dictated cloze
• Writing: long and short tasks completed in class based
on familiar genres and topics.
• Mathematics: Level 2 and 3 paper, some resources are
allowed e.g.100 square, tens and units cubes but not in
all tests. Adults may read the question in a Maths test.
Teacher Assessment
• SATs are marked in school by class teachers.
• Criteria and mark schemes are given and we follow national guidelines
when administering and marking the tests.
• Scores give a National Curriculum Level for the test.
• Levels in SATs inform teacher judgements which are based on ongoing
assessments: work in books, teacher observations, notes and ongoing
records of attainment.
• Teachers use national Level Descriptors when assessing.
• Teachers have the discretion to award a Level according to the skills of
the child across the curriculum, not just based on a one-off test score.
• Teacher Assessments are moderated in school and by Local Authority
moderators who visit the school.
Have a go at some SATs questions...
National Curriculum Levels
W 1 2c 2b 2a 3
• W = Working towards level 1
• Each level has subdivisions:
c – just entering the level, not yet secure
b – secure in the level
a– secure and moving towards next level
• Level 1 and 3 subdivisions not shown on SATs results
• Nationally agreed ‘age-related expectation’ for
end of Year 2 is 2b.
• National Curriculum Levels will be reported in
English (Reading and Writing) and Maths.
• Teachers also assess Science, but there is no
SAT for Science.
• National Curriculum Levels are used to track
progress from Key Stage One to the end of Key
Stage Two and beyond.
• Teachers use the SATs results to inform teaching
e.g. through analysing common errors.
What Can I Do to Help?
• Read regularly, talk about the book, ask questions that go beyond
literal recall.
• Practise spelling high frequency words and spelling patterns from
phonics Phases 5 and 6 if children find them tricky.
• Write when purposeful opportunities arise e.g. a letter to a family
member, a postcard to a friend, a shopping list, an invitation, related
to class reading book (see ideas bank).
• Find opportunities for your child to use numbers in everyday
situations and encourage them to work out calculations in their head.
• Practise addition and subtraction facts, times tables and related
division facts.
• Do not go on holiday in term time.
• Reasonable bedtimes so children are rested, alert and ready to learn.
• Talk with your child about their learning in school.
• A copy of this presentation will be available in the
‘Workshops’ area of the school website:
• ‘KS1 SATs’ leaflet contains more details.
• Ideas for writing activities
• Phase 5 and 6 Phonics information
• Questions to ask when reading
Individual concerns: please make an appointment with your
child’s class teacher.

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