Phonics Screening Test
At the end of Year 1 children take a phonics screening test. They are required to read a range of real and nonsense words which screen their understanding of phonics. This is conducted on a one-to-one basis with the child’s class teacher. The results are reported to the government and also to parents in the child’s annual summary report at the end of Year 1.
Clicking on the image to the right will open a PDF, in which you can read more about Phonic Screening.
Pupils will be tested in a friendly environment throughout the whole of May; they may talk about 'quizzes' and will be made to feel comfortable.
The Key Stage 1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test
- Paper 1: Spelling (15 minutes)
The Key Stage 1 English reading test
- Paper 1: Integrated reading and answer booklet (30 minutes)
- Paper 2: Reading booklet with a separate answer booklet (40 minutes)
The Key Stage 1 Mathematics test
- Paper 1: Arithmetic paper (20 minutes)
- Paper 2: A range of mathematical reasoning and problem solving questions (35 minutes)
- The tests are administered on paper.
The Key Stage 1 tests will be marked by teachers. Teachers will use the provided conversion tables to translate pupils’ raw scores into scaled scores to see whether each pupil has met the national standard. Teachers will then use the scaled scores to inform their teacher assessment judgements.
Top Tips for supporting your child:
- Read at home daily
- Read 'Dear Parents' for further information
- Bug Club
- Times Tables Rockstars
- Oak Academy
- BBC Bitesize
Watch our video about column addition.
Watch our video about column subtraction
Brush up on your multiplication skills with our video
Watch our video about division
What are SATs?
SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) are tests taken to assess the progress of a child’s learning. SATs allow us to learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of each child in Year 6. In addition, SATs are also useful for assessing the progress of a child as they move from one Key Stage to another (hence why they happen at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2).
Year 6 SATs always take place in May. In the case of SATs in 2021, SATs week will begin on Monday 10th May. This means that children have all of the academic year to prepare for their SATs. During KS2 SATs, Year 6 children are tested on their understanding of various English and Maths topics.
Although the SATs dates for 2021 are in May, the test results are not released until towards the end of the summer term. This is because even though the SATs tests are taken within the classroom, they are marked externally. Once the results have been returned, parents will be told whether their child has achieved the national standard.
In the academy, we will often use past papers to help children in Y6 prepare for their assessments. Taking these practice papers and learning about the questions that have been asked previously will help children feel more comfortable with the exams that they’re about to take.
As a parent there’s a lot you can do to help your child prepare for their exams before the SATs test dates come around in May. As well as helping them complete their home learning throughout the year, you can help your child revise for their SATs as it gets closer to Year 6 SATs week. Helping them revise little and often is much better than stressing them out with long revision sessions. We use the CGP revision books to help with this. It’s important to make sure that you don’t place too much pressure on your child. The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your child will be, which means they are likely to perform better during SATs week.
At Robsack Wood, our aim is to keep SATs week a positive experience. The pupils often look forward to the week, especially the cooked breakfast at the end of it! We want to work with parents to ensure that this is a successful week for the pupils, we will hold a SATs meeting to ensure everyone is informed of the process.
The purpose of the Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help us to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided. The MTC is an online test were the pupils are asked 25 questions on times tables 2 to 12. For every question they have 6 seconds to answer and in between the questions there is a 3 second rest. Questions about the 6, 7, 8, 9, and 12 times table come up more often. The questions are generated randomly based on the rules of the MTC.
In every class times tables learning happens every day. The pupils are encouraged to continue this learning at home.
The testing window opens on Monday 7th June. All pupils will sit the test individually during a three-week window. The test is taken using a laptop and will take less than five minutes.