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Changes to the Spelling Tests in Key Stage One and Two- February 2018


Starting from the second half of the Spring term, there will no longer be a spelling test on Friday based on the phonics sessions for the week in Key Stage One and the spelling rules learnt in Key Stage 2.  (Key Stage One will give out spellings based on the phonics on Monday for you to learn with your child; your child will be practising these along with others that week at school. The spellings will also be put on the school website like last term.)

For both Key Stages, you are welcome to conduct a spelling test over the weekend, mark it and if you wish return the test on Monday.

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Miss Richardson Literacy Subject Leader


Year 6 Tests 2020 Information

SATs 2020

SATs Tests for Year 6 pupils will take place between Monday 11th May and Thursday 14th May 2020

At the end of Year 6, children will sit tests in:

  • Reading

  • Maths

  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

These tests will be both set and marked externally, and the results will be used to measure your child's progress and the school's performance. Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.


Take a look at this 'Glossary of terms' that the children throughout school will be learning about. 

Active Learn/ Bug Club guide for Parents.

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Key Stage 2 Reading

The reading test will provisionally be a single paper with questions based on one 800-word text and two passages of 300 words. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.

There will be a selection of question types, including:

  • Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’

  • Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’

  • Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’

  • Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’

  • Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’

Key Stage 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test

The grammar, punctuation and spelling test will consist of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes.

The grammar and punctuation test will include two sub-types of questions:

  • Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’

  • Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’

Key Stage 2 maths

Children will sit three papers in maths:

  • Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes (written)

  • Papers 2 and 3: mathematical fluency, solving problems and reasoning, 40 minutes per paper

Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:

  • Multiple choice

  • True or false

  • Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart

  • Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem.

How will Key Stage 2 SATs be marked?

The old system of national curriculum levels is now no longer used, after the department of education abolished it in Summer 2015. Instead, children will be given standardised scores. You will be given your child’s score, alongside the average for their school, the local area and nationally. There will also be a ‘performance descriptor’ of the expected standard for Key Stage 2 pupils. The Department for Education is aiming for 85 per cent of children to reach or exceed that standard.


World Book Day Fest

Look at these websites for online stories and games! 

See if you can survive this mission! 

Are you going to become a spelling genius this term?

Thank you!

Thank you so much to Revival Books in Waterfoot for their kind donation of books- they are wonderful and Key Stage 2 are especially looking forward to reading them!

Literacy Curriculum Map

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Did you enjoy it?

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We use these working walls in each class to help us ALL produce excellent pieces of writing!

Polish up on your punctuation!

This website will help you practise! 

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Open the file to see how we form our letters. It is really important that we start and end our letters in the correct place for when we start to join them together!

Can you torture the teacher?

Try your hardest to make the teacher resign by frustrating them so much with your poor spelling skills! You will have the opportunity to make three teachers resign! Be careful though, it gets harder as you move from classroom to classroom as the teachers in later rounds have incredible patience!

Instructions: Torture your teachers by clicking on the INCORRECT spellings of the words that appear on the chalkboard! 

Can you help the aliens?

Academy Island

An unknown alien life form lands on earth and has to learn English to get by in a range of social situations. You have to progress through different difficulty levels by helping the alien use English in a range of situations.

Instructions: Use the mouse to guide the alien around the islands. Enter the buildings to talk to people and answer questions to get points. 

A Great Literacy Website for Games!

Click on this link for some great games practising your Literacy skills! There are lots of games, not just for reading, but writing and typing as well! 

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This website has lots of Fairy Tales and has lots of activities linked to each one. You can even hear it in another language!


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Are you sitting correctly and is your paper in the correct position? Check here!

Kung Fu Punctuation is here to stay!

We are learning stories and non-fiction text using Kung Fu Punctuation!

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Come and see these websites and play on some fun verb games!

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Use the link to find some exciting games phonics games!