# KS 2 SATS GUIDE What are SATs SATs

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KS 2 SATS GUIDE

What are SATs? ◦ SATs are the statutory end of Key Stage assessments in Reading, Maths and SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar). ◦ They are designed to test the children’s knowledge and to give a measurement of attainment and progress for the school. ◦ They are sat by all Y 6 children in the country at the same time and the results are then reported to school and parents. ◦ Writing is also measured but in school using a framework set by the government.

When are they? ◦ The week beginning 14 th May ◦ There will be tests each day from Monday to Thursday according to a set timetable. ◦ School can decide when each test is taken on each day between 7 am and 7 pm. ◦ Polruan will set the tests on the morning of each day. 14 th May Spelling, punctuation and grammar 1: Questions 15 th May Reading 16 th May Maths 1: Arithmetic Maths 2: Reasoning 1 Spelling, punctuation and grammar 2: Spellings 17 th May Maths 3: Reasoning 2

What do the tests look like?

Reading ◦ This test is 60 minutes long and tests the childrens understating and comprehension. ◦ There will be 3 separate texts and questions that relate to each of them will be asked. ◦ Questions include choices of layout, vocabulary, text features as well as comprehension. ◦ The questions can be multiple choice or longer written explanations. ◦ Teachers CAN: ◦ Read the instructions and re-phrase these for understanding. ◦ Teachers CAN’T: ◦ Read any part of the text apart from the instructions.

Maths 1: Arithmetic ◦ This test is 30 minutes long and consists of a series of mathematical calculations. ◦ The children cannot use calculators, tracing paper, squared paper or other mathematical equipment. ◦ The questions will get harder as the test goes on to test greater depth of understanding. ◦ Teachers CAN: ◦ Read words and numbers. ◦ Teachers CAN’T: ◦ Read specific mathematical symbols. ◦ Indicate if an answer is wrong or right.

Maths 2 and 3: Reasoning ◦ These tests are both 40 minutes long. ◦ They are designed to test the children’s understanding of maths through longer questions and worded problems. ◦ The questions are set in context and the children will need to decide how best to solve them. ◦ Children can use rubbers, rulers, protractors and mirrors and are encouraged to cross out mistakes rather than rubbing them out. ◦ The scores of the 3 maths tests are added together to give a total. ◦ Teachers CAN ◦ Read the words and numbers of a question. ◦ Teachers CAN’T ◦ Read mathematical symbols or explain what is needed to solve the question.

SPAG 1: Questions ◦ This test is 45 minutes long and is designed to test the understanding of grammar, puntuation and vocabulary of the English language. ◦ There are some multiple choice questions and some short answer questions. ◦ Teachers CAN ◦ ◦ ◦ Explain words to help understanding of the context: What a jumper is or Anif is a name. Read the question in a neutral tone. Read bold words with emphasis Read sentences with blanks, saying the word ”Blank: Rephrase questions without changing subject-specific guidance. ◦ Teachers CAN’T ◦ Explain subject-specific words such as “Determiner”. ◦ Read sentences with multiple choice answers inserted. ◦ Read with pauses if a question asks to insert missing puncutaion.

SPAG 2: Spelling ◦ ◦ This test is about 15 minutes long and is designed to test the understanding of the children’s spelling. The score for this test is added to the SPAG 1 test to give a total. The teacher will read out a word, then repeat it in a sentence and then repeat the word again. The children are expected to write the correct spelling in a gap on their paper. ◦ Teachers CAN ◦ Read the word 3 times following a prescribed format. ◦ Teachers CAN’T ◦ Pause in their reading. ◦ Spell any word out. ◦ Emphasise any sound or phoneme.

How are the tests carried out? ◦ They all take place in a room with any displays covered. This will be Tolbenny at Polruan. ◦ There will be 2 members of staff to collect the papers and open them in front of children in the test area. The only exception to this is if a paper has been copied onto coloured paper. ◦ The children will put their legal full name, date of birth, school name and Df. E number on the front of each paper. ◦ The staff will read the instruction pages to the children and answer any questions they may have (and are able to). ◦ The children will sit the test for the appropriate length of time. ◦ The tests will be collected in silence and secured by the members of staff.