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  • English SATS test

  • Key features of the new English tests (introduced in 2016)

    Key Stage One

    The test will consist of three components:

    • Paper 1: a short written task based on a stimulus and prompt. This component is designed to assess sentence structure and sentence grammar, punctuation and handwriting. The task will be introduced by the teacher. It will involve some teacher-led discussion.
    • Paper 2: made up of two sections. The first section will be a set of contextual, or themed, questions. The questions may be presented in a variety of ways. For example, the questions may take pupils through a story, or pupils may be presented with a block of text and associated questions. The second section will be a set of short answer, stand-alone questions. Both the contextual and short answer sections will use a variety of question types.
    • Paper 3: a spelling task. This will use pictures and/or dictated sentences as prompts.

    All pupils at the end of key stage 1 will be expected to take all three papers.

    Key Stage Two

    The assessments could include age-appropriate fiction, non-fiction and poetry from a variety of origins and traditions.  The texts will be more demanding than current texts for both key stage 1 and key stage 2. There is a focus on comprehension in the new national curriculum and there will be a higher percentage of comprehension questions in the new assessments. The key stage 2 test will contain three / four texts. The texts will become more difficult as you go through the paper; they won’t be linked by a theme. The reading booklet will be separate from the answer booklet. Vocabulary in context will be assessed. Pupils will need to identify or provide their own synonyms for specific words within the texts. Pupils will need to demonstrate an understanding of texts by predicting what might happen next.  They will need to refer to key elements of plot, character or information. There will be questions where pupils need to demonstrate an understanding of the differences between fact and opinion. These will mainly be associated with non-fiction texts. Comparison is now an explicit area of the national curriculum. Pupils will need to compare information, characters or events within a text. Summary is also a new expectation of the national curriculum. Summary questions will usually be closed questions. Pupils will need to order events from fiction or non-fiction texts, or select the most appropriate summary from a given list.

    Key features of the English grammar, punctuation and spelling tests:  This test is designed to assess grammar, punctuation, language strategies and spelling.  Language strategies refers to those parts of the content domain that relate to words and word building (including synonyms, antonyms, prefixes and suffixes).

    The test will consist of two components, which will be presented to pupils as two separate booklets:

    • Paper 1: a collection of short questions. Some questions may be contextually linked.  Most questions will be short answer questions. Others may take the form of table or sentence completion or error correction.
    • Paper 2: a spelling task. This will use dictated sentences as prompts.