SATS are given at the end of Year 2, Year 6 and Year 9. They are used to show your child’s progress compared with other children born in the same month. The average score for each age group on an assessment is set at 100 and the standard deviation at 15.
According to the experts, SATs aren’t about passing or failing, but are used to reflect the level your child is working to. So SATs should never be seen as a one-off period in the school calendar but as a part of the overall teaching your child receives.
Whether SATs are the best method for assessing learning and teaching has been in question for some time, but for the moment the tests remain. So it’s just a matter of supporting your child through what can be a stressful time.
Within the Kingfisher Schools Federation we feel strongly that we prepare our children throughout their school life by teaching, assessing, evaluating and supporting children from Reception to Year 6, to be able to achieve, attain and manage SATs. Avoid putting pressure on your child, though, and offer plenty of rewards for all their hard work.
Key Stage 1
SATs take place in Year 2 (the end of Key Stage 1), during May. Each child is teacher assessed in reading, writing (including spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting), maths (including number, shape, space and measurement) and science.
Teachers generally try to keep the testing procedure informal – the papers are not strictly timed, and are usually taken in a normal classroom situation to keep the pressure off children.
Key Stage 2
The next time your child will take SATs will be in Year 6. More formal than Key Stage 1, these written tests (in English, maths and sometimes science), are 45 minutes long and can be quite daunting for this age group. Very bright children may be assessed by teachers to see if they can reach higher levels. The papers are sent away to be marked with results being available before your child leaves primary school in July.
Further information and guidance can be found at the following link:
Your child’s teacher will be able to answer any queries about the tests, or you can visit www.gov.uk/STA for more details.
If you want to see a sample of the tests your child will take, you may find some here www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculumassessments-2016-sample-materials
You can find information on how and when tests and assessments will be reported to parents at the following link, together with information about how the results are used.