At the end of Year 6, children sit tests in:
– Spelling, punctuation and grammar
These tests are both set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.
The reading test is composed of questions based on passages of text. There will be a selection of question types, including:
– Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’
– Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’ Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’
– Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
– Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
The grammar, punctuation and spelling test consists of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes.
The grammar and punctuation test will include two sub-types of questions:
– Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’
– Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’
Children sit three papers in maths: Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes Papers 2 and 3: reasoning, 40 minutes per paper
Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:
– Multiple choice
– True or false
– Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart
– Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem
The KS2 SATs this year will take place the week starting Monday 13th May.
- Monday May 13th 2019: SPaG Test- Grammar/Punctuation- 45 minutes
- Monday May 13th 2019: SPaG Test- Spelling- 20 minutes
- Tuesday May 14th 2019: Reading Test- 60 minutes
- Wednesday May 15th 2019: Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)- 30 minutes
- Wednesday May 15th 2019: Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)- 40 minutes
- Thursday May 16th 2019: Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning)- 40 minutes
We will be busy preparing and revising so that when the time comes we are ready and fully equipped to do our very best.
Understanding Stages and Assessment
In year 6 children should be working at the top end of Stage 5 and within Stage 6.
Here is a breakdown of where your child should be at key points in the year if they are at the expected standard for a year 6 child.
We send home updates on your child’s progress once a term.
Autumn One- Working at ‘Stage 5 Securing’
End of Autumn- Working at ‘Stage 5 Securing +’
Spring One – Working at ‘Stage 6 Beginning’
End of Spring – Working at ‘Stage 6 Beginning +’
Summer One – Working at ‘Stage 6 Working at’
End of Summer – Working at ‘Stage 6 Working at +’
As a school we use ‘Target Tracker’ to help us keep check of how your child is doing. We use this assessment tool ‘live’ in most literacy and numeracy lessons. Assessment is taking place constantly in the class through questioning, discussion and of course the work that the children produce.
We encourage the children to assess their own learning and that of their peers through the use of ‘Steps to success’, this gives the children simple bitesize steps to reflect on and to measure their own successes in a given lesson. Peer marking takes place at least once a week in both literacy and numeracy and gives the children the opportunity to offer feedback to each other in a constructive and helpful manner.
Children in Year 6 are actively involved in the assessment that goes on in the classroom as it gives them greater ownership of their learning, as Benjamin Franklin once said
“Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn”
Assessment is something every member of our class is a part of.