Dear Parents and Carers,
Some people have been asking what form the end of key stage testing will take. In the summer term 2016, children at the end of Key Stage 1 will sit new SATs papers. At Heavers Farm and Selsdon Primary we want to make it clear that the children should not feel pressured into ‘performing’, or working towards a specific test, rather, our expectation is that that they work to the best of their ability, as we expect every day, in every piece of work. The tests will afford us an indication of what it is that we need to plan for, in order to support the children in their learning.
SATs have been overhauled in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 to reflect the changes to the National Curriculum, which was introduced in September 2014.
At the end of Year 2, children will take tests in:
- English grammar, punctuation and spelling
The new reading test for Year 2 pupils will involve two separate papers:
- Paper 1 will be between 400 and 700 words. The text is not all in one block with questions at the end. Instead, it is broken short pieces of text, followed by questions relating to each section, making it easier for the children to access the information.
- Paper 2 comprises a reading booklet of around 800 to 1100 words. In this test, the questions are separate from the reading text, and are read at the end of the text.
The tests will not be strictly timed, as the tests are not intended to assess children’s ability to work at speed. The texts in the reading papers will cover a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and will get steadily more difficult towards the end of the test. Teachers will have the option to stop the test at any point that they feel is appropriate for a particular child.
There will be a variety of question types:
- Multiple choice
- Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show in which order they happened in the story’
- Matching, e.g. ‘Match the character to the job that they do in the story’
- Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title’
- Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that shows what the weather was like in the story’
- Short answer, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
- Open-ended answer, e.g. ‘Why did Lucy write the letter to her grandmother? Give two reasons.’
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
Children taking Key Stage 1 SATs will sit two separate papers in grammar, spelling and punctuation:
- Paper 1: a 20-word spelling test taking approximately 15 minutes and worth 10 marks.
- Paper 2: a grammar, punctuation and vocabulary test, in two sections of around 10 minutes each (with a break between, if necessary), worth 20 marks. This will involve a mixture of selecting the right answers e.g. through multiple choice, and writing short answers.
The new Key Stage 1 maths test will comprise two papers:
- Paper 1: arithmetic, worth 25 marks and taking around 15 minutes.
- Paper 2: mathematical fluency, problem-solving and reasoning, worth 35 marks and taking 35 minutes, with a break if necessary. There will be a variety of question types: multiple choice, matching, true/false, constrained (e.g. completing a chart or table; drawing a shape) and less constrained (e.g. where children have to show or explain their method)
- Children will not be able to use any tools such as calculators or number lines.
If you have any questions about the SATs tests, please do speak to your class teacher about them. They will be happy to give you more information.