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These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright PA Image caption Primary school pupils sit national tests aged seven and 11 The results of a new set of compulsory national tests for children in the final year of primary school in England are being published.
But how are they different from the old tests? Why do we have new national tests? The tests sat by primary school children this year are new because they are the first to test the new national primary curriculum. This covers different material from the old one and has been taught in schools only since Therefore a totally new set of tests has been developed to measure attainment in three subjects; maths, reading, and spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Writing is evaluated separately by teacher assessment. The tests are taken in Year 2 and Year 6, but only the tests taken by year-olds are marked externally. Department for Education officials are keen to stress that these new tests are not comparable to those taken in previous years.
The new primary curriculum was drawn up to be deliberately tougher than the old one, and is described as a "knowledge-based curriculum".
Therefore, the tests themselves are tougher than they have been in recent years. This was a conscious decision by ministers seeking to raise standards.
They argued that the standards expected of pupils at the end of primary school had not been high enough. How is success measured? Previously, attainment at the end of Key Stage 2 was measured in Levels - Level 4c being the expected standard for pupils in their final year of primary school.
In the new tests, the expected standard is measured completely differently. The expected level is set atbut scores can range between 80 and Effectively, anything at or over is a pass and anything under is a fail.
This year, panels of teachers set the actual mark on individual test papers required to meet the expected standard. This is based on a series of key performance indicators within the national curriculum.
Are the results comparable? DfE officials describe it as a "year zero". The tests are measuring pupils' knowledge of a new curriculum - even if they have been studying it for only two years. And the standard is higher. However, it is understood the expected standard is broadly equivalent to a Level 4b.
In the old system, this meant children working securely within Level 4 with its set of competencies. What will the results look like?Practice materials for the phonics screening check, key stage 1 and key stage 2 national curriculum tests, including sample papers and past test papers. Published 12 September Last updated 6.
Year 6 SATs revision workshop for parents Useful websites: Extension activities for Level 6 pupils. alphabetnyc.com – access to all past SATs papers (not just maths) and mark schemes. NB: Year 6 SATs revision workshop for parents Useful websites: alphabetnyc.com – revision activities for all subjects and levels.
Intensive two-week plan for Year 6 Term 1 Unit 7: Report writing Individually, do part of a practice reading test paper (report text). Individually, do a practice writing test paper (report text).
Individually, do a practice writing test paper (report text). On-screen and paper-based resources, including curriculum-based games for primary schools.
Year 6 Pre SATS letter April 29, We are very proud of the effort being made by our Year 6 pupils as they prepare for their SATs papers and we would like to thank you for the support that you are giving your child with their homework.
Paper 1 has short answer questions ( questions) assessing grammar, punctuation and vocabulary (50marks).
Children will be given a writing level based on continuous teacher assessment throughout the year. Year 6 SATs Tests