KS2 SATs Changes - A guide for parents.

Key Stage 2 SATs 2013 are changing for Year 6 children in Primary School. The maths tests will remain the same, however the English SAT's tests will change so that there is a focus on Grammar, punctuation and spelling. This has been done so that children leaving Primary School are more confident in these areas.


There will not be an extra test in English, but the way children are assessed will change. Children will be tested on Grammar, punctuation and spelling. Writing will be assessed using the teachers knowledge and judgement about your child's writing. Teacher assessment will be used to assess writing composition (composing stories, letters etc)


Overview of Key Stage 2 SAT's:


KS2 English SAT's: Reading Test
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (new for 2013)


KS2 Maths SAT's: Mental Maths Test
Maths Paper A
Maths Paper B (calculator allowed)


When will the tests take place?


The SAT's tests, for year 6 children in Primary School, will take place at the beginning of May. SAT's week will begin with the reading test, followed by the new Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test on Tuesday. The maths tests will then taken on Wednesday and Thursday, starting with the Mental Maths Test.


What is in the Key Stage 2 SAT's Test?


KS2 Reading (1 Hour)


For the SATs Reading Test, children will be given a reading booklet and an answer booklet. Children are given 15 minutes to read the booklet, followed by 45 minutes to answer the questions. There are two types of questions - short, closed questions (multiple choice, short answers) and longer, open-ended questions (requiring children to explain, give reasons or comment on the text to show their understanding)


KS2 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (1 hour)


This test is split into two components:


- Grammar, punctuation and vocabulary


- Spelling


Grammar, punctuation and vocabulary (45 minutes)


Children will be given a question booklet to write their answers in. They will need to circle, tick, line or write a short answer. Some questions will ask the child to write a full sentence. The questions start off easy and move onto more difficult questions towards the end of the booklet. The questions will test children's understanding of grammar, punctuation and vocabulary, and their ability to use them in the right way.


Spelling (15 minutes)


Children will be given a booklet to write their answers in. The teacher will read out 20 short sentences, the children will fill in the missing gaps with the word read out by the teacher.


KS2 Mental Maths (20 minutes)


Children will be given an answer sheet to write their answers on. The children will be played a tape with the questions on. After each question has been read out twice, the children will be given a limited time to work out and write the answer before the next question is read out.


KS2 Maths Paper A (45 minutes)


Children will be given a question booklet. The questions will cover all of the areas of maths taught in Primary School, including place value, the four operations, area, symmetry etc. Some of the questions encourage children to show their working out.


KS2 Maths Paper B (45 minutes)


Children will be given a question booklet, but will be allowed to use a calculator to work out their answers.


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