Changes to the 2016 SATs
In the summer term of 2016, children in Year 6 will be the first to take the new SATs papers. These tests in English and maths will reflect the new national curriculum, and are intended to be more rigorous. There will also be a completely new marking scheme to replace the existing national curriculum levels.
At the end of Year 6, children will sit tests in:
English Tests :
Reading test (1 hour in total)
- Three different texts that gradually get harder
- Approximately 35 to 40 questions, the questions are worth a total of 50 marks
Grammar, punctuation and spelling test
- Paper 1: A booklet of short answer questions (45mins). The questions are worth 50 marks in total.
- Paper 2: A spelling task (approximately 15minutes). The questions are worth 20 marks in total.
Writing test (Internal Teacher Assessment)
- Paper 1: Arithmetic (30mins).
The paper consists of 36 questions and are worth 40 marks.
- Paper 2: Reasoning (40mins).
The questions are worth 35 marks in total.
- Paper 3: Reasoning (40mins).
The questions are worth 35 marks in total.
These tests will be both set and marked externally, and the results will be 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.
Changes to KS2 Reading
The reading test will be a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.
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.’
Changes to KS2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test
The grammar, punctuation and spelling test will consist of two parts:
- a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes
- an oral 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.’
Changes to KS2 maths
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
Sample KS2 maths arithmetic questions
1. 6.1 + 0.3 =
2. 1,034 + 586 =
3. 24 × 3 =
4. 48 ÷ 6 = 2.5 + 0.05 =
5. 5 × 4 × 7 = 630 ÷ 9 =
6. 1.28 × 100 =
7. 100 × 100 =
8. 1,440 ÷ 12 =
9. 20% of 1,500
How to support your child with maths
• Times tables are vital
• Learn equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages
• Encourage your child to add together item prices in the supermarket
• Ask them to work out the length of TV programmes
• Test your child with quick fire maths questions
• Use any available revision packs and CDs
• Use revision websites
• Formal method for the four operations practice: it is important child can complete methods accurately. (Methods for year 6 child: column addition, column subtraction, short multiplication, long multiplication, short division, long division including expressing remainders as fractions, decimals and remainder form)
• Arithmetic speed practice
How to support your child with English
- Listen to your child read and ask questions about the story
- Marks can be gained in the test by reading between the lines. Ask your child about the character’s thoughts, feelings and emotions
- When your child is writing encourage them to check thoroughly for punctuation and errors
- Use any available revision packs
- Use revision websites
- Help your child learn the spellings that are sent home
- When reading to and/or with your child discuss they use of inverted commas to mark speech, the use of parenthesis (brackets) to add additional information, the use of capital letters etc.
Our Top Tips
- Tip 1: Support your child with homework tasks and daily reading. Try drawing or acting out answers of difficult concepts.
- Tip 2: Encourage your child to work to speed. Try timed recall of timetables in the car/journey to school. Set min challenges for example – ‘can you find the word on the page that means ‘dangerous’ you have 1 minute – go!’ ‘What is 10% of 150? You have 10 seconds – go!’
- Tip 3: Make sure your child is aware that getting stuck is not a problem. Move on and give them another challenge and come back to the hard ones at the end and/or go through it together.
- Tip 4: Encourage your child to believe in themselves, ‘you can do it!’
- Tip 5: Remind your child that the tests are important, but that they are not the only way they are to be measured. We don’t want child panicking or worried, we want them to be prepared.
- Tip 6: Approach a subject from lots of different angles. Software, games, activities, books, flash cards and practical applications all help? Make the revision time at home as fun and interactive as possible.
- Tip 7: It is easier said than done, BUT do not put your child under too much pressure. Have fun – they will find things easier to remember if they recall the good times they had learning.