The tests that Y6 children will take in 2017 are more rigorous than in past years, as they reflect the overhauled National Curriculum.
The tests consist of
- Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.
There is no Writing test or Science test. Arrangements for these subjects are similar to the end of KS1. Each child’s writing result will be based on Teacher Assessment of the written work they have produced throughout Y6. The same applies to Science this year.
Administration of the tests
The tests will be administered on week beginning 8th May.
- Monday 8th May – English Reading test.
- Tuesday 9th May – English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling papers 1 & 2.
- Wednesday 10th May – Maths papers 1 & 2.
- Thursday 11th May – Maths paper 3
Most children will take the tests in the hall, unless they are entitled to a reader or support of any kind, when they will be seated in a classroom.
The tests are marked externally, and the results are used to measure the children’s performance, for example through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables.
Marks are used alongside Teacher Assessment to give a broader picture of attainment and progress.
This will be a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. There will be a variety of question types such as:
- Ranking / ordering of events in the story to show understanding of the plot.
- Labelling parts of the text to show grammatical understanding and how it enhances the meaning of the text.
- Finding parts of the text which illustrate a writer’s intention or vocabulary that evokes an image or emotion.
- Short constructed responses to elicit literal meaning.
- Open ended responses to elicit deeper understanding of the text.
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test
There are two parts to this test:
- The grammar and punctuation test requires short answers and lasts for 45 minutes.
- The aural spelling test of 20 words lasts for 15 minutes.
Children will sit three papers:
- Paper 1 – arithmetic – 30 minutes. Fixed response questions where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division.
- Paper 2 and 3 – reasoning -4o minutes per paper. A number of questions involving multiple choice, true or false, straight computation and longer problems to solve.
Results are usually sent to school some time in July.
The results will be included in your child’s end of year report.
You will be given your child’s raw score – the actual number of marks they get in the various papers, alongside their scaled score.
The range of scaled scores for each test is:
- 80 – the lowest scaled score that can be awarded
- 120 – the highest scaled score that can be awarded
- 100 – this is the scaled score which is considered the pass mark. Anything less than 100 indicates that your child has not achieved the expected standard.
You will be told if they have achieved the expected standard or not.
- NS means your child has not achieved the expected standard
- AS means your child has achieved the expected standard
Parent / Carer help is vital
What can you do to help?
- Ensure that your child is at school in the run up and on the week of the tests.
- Ensure that your child eats and sleeps well in the run up and on the week of the tests.
- Come to parents’ evening to find out the specific areas that your child needs to revise.
- If your child has been given homework or is invited to a booster class, encourage her / him to take part enthusiastically and complete work to the best of his / her ability.
- Some children can become very anxious about the tests. Try to reassure them and explain that we only want them to do their best.
- Ensure that your child knows mental maths facts extremely well – hence the platforms.
- Ask your child quick fire mental maths questions.
- Ask children to estimate an answer before working it out.
- Encourage checking of answers, consider if it is a sensible answer or not.
- Encourage your child to read a variety of texts at home.
- Encourage your child to read text carefully, looking for key words.
- Discuss their reading – ask questions such as “Why? How do you know? What do you think? Can you explain?”
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Y6 teachers.