I am writing to you to explain procedures for the administration of the KS2 tests that take place week beginning Monday 8th May for all year 6 pupils. The papers are marked externally. Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.
Reading Test – the children have 1 hour to answer questions based on 3 different texts. The questions range from 1 word answers to longer explanations. Whilst instructions are read to the children the actual questions are not.
English grammar, punctuation and spelling – paper 1 the children will have 45 minutes to answer a range of questions. Children can ask for questions to be read to them or any words that they cannot read. Paper 2 – spelling test – the children will have approximately 20 mins to write the missing words to 20 sentences which will be read out by the class teacher.
Maths – paper 1 – arithmetic test – the children will have 30 minutes to answer arithmetic questions. Paper 2 and paper 3 – reasoning paper – the children will have 40 minutes to complete a range of questions based on all aspects of mathematics. Children can ask to have questions or words read to them if they cannot read them.
In all of the tests the children can be reassured and encouraged to ‘keep going’ if necessary. Support can be given with reading questions in the maths and grammar, punctuation and spelling test. Some children will qualify for additional time and others for individual support depending on different children’s needs.
It is important that your child is in school every day because they cannot sit the test if they are absent. If for any reason your child is not well then please ring school as early as possible so that alternative arrangements could be made. The children should have breakfast before they come to school to enable them to concentrate on the tests. Toast and drink will be offered to the children in school as well before the test start.
The children have been well prepared for the tests and I have every confidence they will do extremely well. There is a timetable below for your information.
Mrs C EvertonHeadteacher
Monday 8th May English reading test
Tuesday 9th May English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2
Wednesday 10th May Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic test
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning test
Thursday 11th May Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning test