AssessmentsYear 2 SATS Information
Changes to the 2016 SATs Assessments Key Stage 1
Here is the information shared at the SATs information evening on Monday 1st February 2016. If you were unable to make the meeting and want to discuss anything more please see Mrs Whiting.
Here is the PDF version of the PowerPoint from our Year 2 SATs Information Meeting: Year 2 Assessment Information
In the academic year 2014/15 a new curriculum framework was introduced for years 1, 3, 4 and 5. Years 2 and 6, due to statutory testing, continued to study the previous curriculum for one further year. If your child is in the current year 2, 2015-2016, they will be the first pupils to receive the new tests and new style of reporting results. These new more rigorous tests reflect the changes to the national curriculum and the new higher expectations.
At the end of Year 2, children will take SATs in: Reading, English grammar, punctuation and spelling, and Maths.
Key Stage 1 Reading
The new reading test for Year 2 pupils will involve two separate papers:
Paper 1 consists of a selection of texts totalling 400 to 700 words, with questions interspersed
Paper 2 comprises a reading booklet of a selection of passages totalling 800 to 1100 words.
Children will write their answers in a separate booklet Each paper is worth 50 per cent of the marks, and should take around 30 minutes, but children 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 progressively 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:
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?’
Key Stage 1 Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation
Children taking Key Stage 1 SATs will sit three separate papers in grammar, spelling and punctuation:
Paper 1: a grammar and punctuation written task, taking approximately 20 minutes, and worth 15 marks. Children will be provided with a prompt and stimulus for a short piece of writing, with a clear text type, audience and purpose. Handwriting will be worth four per cent of the 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.
Paper 3: a 20-word spelling test taking approximately 15 minutes and worth 10 marks.
Key Stage 1 Maths
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.
When will the KS1 SATs take place?
The new-style KS1 SATs are due to be administered in May.
How will the tests be marked?
Although the tests are set externally, they will be marked by teachers within the school. Instead of the old national curriculum levels, children will be given a standardised score – although this may not be communicated to parents. Teacher assessments will also be used to build up a picture of your child’s learning and achievements. Teachers will inform parents of the children’s working level at the end of Year 2 following completion of assessments/teacher judgements.