Key Stage 2 SATs are upon children within 2 terms of arriving at our school. The National Curriculum tests are designed to assess children's knowledge and understanding of specific elements of the Key Stage 2 programmes of study. They provide a snapshot of a child's attainment at the end of the Key Stage. In May, week commencing 8th May 2017, our Year 6 pupils will take tests in English grammar, punctuation and spelling, reading and Mathematics.
Teachers will assess their pupils against the year group expectations for each subject including writing. Teachers will take into account written, practical and oral work as well as classroom work, homework and any informal tests taken in class.
Parents will receive a report at the end of the year which will include results of the National Curriculum tests.
The Key Stage 2 tests are timetabled from Monday 8 May to Thursday 11 May 2017.
|Monday 8 May 2017||English reading|
|Tuesday 9 May 2017||English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper,1: questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper,2: spelling
|Wednesday 10 May 2017||Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
|Thursday 11 May 2017||
Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning
The English reading test focuses on the comprehension elements of the national curriculum and includes a mixture of text genres. The test is designed so that the texts increase in their level of difficulty. The test consists of a reading booklet and a separate answer booklet. Pupils will have one hour to read the 3 texts in the reading booklet and complete the questions which are worth 50 marks in total. Pupils can approach the test as they choose, for example working through one text and answering the questions before moving on to the next.
The grammar, punctuation and spelling test focuses on knowing and applying grammatical terminology with the full range of punctuation tested.
There are 2 papers:
The mathematics test comprises 2 components, presented to pupils as 3 test papers:
In 2016, following the removal of National Curriculum Levels, scaled scores were used to report national curriculum test outcomes.
Scaled scores help test results to be reported consistently from one year to the next. National curriculum tests are designed to be as similar as possible in terms of challenge year on year, but slight differences in difficulty will occur between years. Scaled scores maintain their meaning over time so that 2 pupils achieving the same scaled score in different years will have demonstrated the same attainment.
A pupil’s scaled score is based on their raw score. The raw score is the total number of marks a pupil receives in a test, based on the number of questions they answer correctly. The pupil’s raw score is translated into a scaled score using a conversion table. For the KS2 tests a scaled score of 100 represents the ‘expected standard’.
|Reading||Writing||Reading & Writing|
|Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling|
|Reading||Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling||Mathematics||Writing|
|SMS % Pupils||69.1||70.7||67.5||37.5|
|National % Pupils||66||72||70||
|Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling||102.2||104|
Figures are in % and may not add to 100% due to rounding
HNM Has not met the required standard
PKF Pre key stage foundation
PKE Pre key stage early stage
PKG Pre key stage growing development
WTS Working towards expected standard
EXS Working at expected standard
GDS Working at greater depth
If you have Internet access, there is a multitude of websites that would help your child with revision. Make sure that these are suitable for Key Stage 2 children. Below are just a few that have lots of English (and Maths) interactive resources.
You can also try the subject-specific revision books, such as CGP, and there are lots of Apps available for iPad, etc. that are too numerous to mention.
Reading is another good way to help your child to progress, not just in English, but in different subjects too as it underpins so many other skills. The new Accelerated Reading system is excellent in helping pupils to progress independently and offers specific information and ways to improve. Encourage your child to really ‘read’ the book and understand the meaning the author is trying to convey. If possible, try to read with your child and ask questions, such as: