SATS are generally the first form of formal testing that your child will experience. If you feel that your child needs a little help or merely a confidence boost, S6 Tutoring are perfectly placed to help your child achieve their potential. Contact us for more information to talk through your options.
SATS (Standard Assessment Tests) 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 mean (average) score for each age group on an assessment is set at 100 and the standard deviation at 15. For any age group a given numerical value has the same meaning in terms of standing relative to the group. For example, an eight year old and a nine year old, each of whom has a standard age score of 105, have performed equally well in relation to the average for their respective age groups.
Key Stage 1
SATs take place in year 2 (at the end of infants) throughout May. Each child is teacher assessed in Reading, writing (including spelling and handwriting), maths (including number, shape, space and measurement) and science. Your child’s class teacher will set short pieces of work in English and maths to judge what level of ability your child is considered to be.
Key Stage 2
SATs take place in May and are far more formal than Key Stage 1, hence they seem much more stressful! The tests which are taken in year 6 cover the three core subjects, English, Maths and Science. 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.
Key Stage 3 for 14 year olds.
By the age of 14, most children are expected to achieve level 5. The exams are taken in May and cover work done in English, Maths and Science during years 7 to 9. These exams are often used to decide which GSCE set your child will be placed in. Level 8 is only available in Maths, as changes this year have removed the extension papers in Science and English.