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What’s new about the KS2 SATs 2014 tests? Changes for the ks2 maths test

Posted January 4th, 2014 in English ks2, ks2 sats 2014, ks2 sats papers, Maths ks2, Science KS2 by admin

Changes to the 2014 ks2 sat tests

If your child is going to sit their KS2 Sats this year, you will probably be surprised to hear that some changes have occurred.

Within the KS2 English SATs, the English grammar punctuation and spelling papers were introduced in 2013. The 2014 sats test will now see changes related to the duration of the English reading paper, the reintroduction of the science sampling and the great emphasis put on the level 6 papers in English and maths. But all of these changes will not, as a parent, directly affect you and the way that you get your child ready at home for their tests. The changes that will have the most impact are the ones related to maths.

In this article we will first talk about the 2014 changes and offer suggestions of resources to help your child.

 

So what are the KS2 Sats 2014 changes?

In previous years the level 3 to 5 papers in maths had always had 3 papers; one calculator paper, one non calculator paper and one mental maths paper. What is important to know is that most children in the UK normally sit the level 3 to 5 paper which is the standard paper and some high-achieving children will be put to sit the level 6 paper in addition to the level 3 to 5 paper. But what will change from 2014 is the fact that while the level 6 maths test will continue to include a calculator and a non calculator paper, the level 3 to 5 paper will no longer have a calculator paper included in the test. They will instead have two non calculator papers.

 

Do these changes correspond to a devaluation of the level 3-5 Sats in maths?

With the removal of the calculator paper, many think that the level of this KS2 Sats test in maths could ultimately be lower than before. It is argued that since the calculator paper required students to use a calculator, the questions in themselves were more difficult; Scrapping the calculator paper means a decrease in the level and difficulty of the maths test.

Another important point to consider is the skill developed by being able to use a calculator. This level 3-5 paper will no longer allow students to develop the crucial tool that is the ability to fully use a calculator. As this vital skill will no longer be tested at the end of primary school through the year 6 Sats in maths, we can understand how teachers might not see the need to teach it to their students. We can already hear many saying “we already have not have enough time to cover the syllabus so why bother with something that is not tested”.

The decision to remove the calculator paper has been explained by the need for children not to rely on a calculator to perform basic operations. This goal was already reached by differentiating the calculator paper from the non calculator one. In the non calculator paper children were required to solve basic sums without a calculator. The calculator paper included more challenging operations. The question that many are asking is: why having two papers when they do not have any major differences between them?

However, ironically, the mastery of the skills gained through using a calculator will be needed in secondary schools. Children will indeed be expected to show understanding of how to efficiently use a calculator. The use of a calculator will be required to perform more complicated maths work such as in algebra for instance. The position of many, who consider that this removal contributes to an inadequate preparation for further studies in maths at secondary schools, could easily be understood.

 

To sum up…

Anyway, we all have our opinion on the subject. but what is important is that the changes is being implemented.

From 2014, the level 3 to 5 maths papers will consist of:

• two non calculator papers called paper 1 and paper 2 as opposed to paper A and paper B which is how they were called before. Each paper will last 45 minutes

• The KS2 mental maths tests which will last 20 minutes

 

What resources are available for the new KS2 Sats 2014 tests?

To help your child prepare for these new changes (ie: 2014 KS2 Sats in maths with this new type of test), a completely new range of KS2 maths practice papers  in line with the 2014 KS2 Sats is being released. You will find  that this range also includes Sats practice papers suitable for the high achieving children who will be sitting the maths level 6 Sats papers. Each pack contains three practice tests, the mark scheme and a guidance booklet that you will find very useful.

On top of its already vast range of KS2 papers for maths and English, CGP has devised a fully updated range of KS2 test papers in maths  that respond to the need for the calculator free test in 2014 (and beyond). It includes the level 3-5 set 1 papers which corresponds to paper 1 in the real test and the set 2, which corresponds to the paper 2 and both are in the style of the 2014 test KS2 in maths. Their Level 6 papers are also available.

More past SATs papers in other subjects?

* KS2 English test papers

* Maths past SATs papers

* Science SATs papers

More test KS2 papers

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After downloading the KS2 test paper, how do I mark my child’s work?

Posted October 28th, 2013 in ks2 sats papers, SATs Tests by admin

 
 You have probably given to your year 6 child a SAT test paper in maths English or science for them to try. To mark your child’s work download the mark schemes that accompany each test paper and mark their work against this  specific mark scheme. You will find the maths, English and Science mark schemes on the website below each test paper.

To know your child’s level you will then need to refer to the appropriate level thresholds corresponding to the  test paper’s year. you will find the 2010 level thresholds here but the 2009, 2008 , 2013 and  2007 level thresholds can also be found on the website.

Hopefully, this will help you mark and assess your children’s work at home.

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* How KS2 SATs revision books can help your child progress?

* KS2 SATs revision books part1: Revise and Shine – English book

 

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KS2 SATs revision books Part1:Revise and Shine – English book

Posted May 7th, 2011 in English ks2, KS2 SATs Books, Maths ks2 by admin


This book has been recommended by my son’s year 6 teacher and we bought the English and the Maths ones. I must say, I was truly impressed by them.

 

Each day’s work summarised on 2 pages

The lesson for each day consists of a quick description of key features followed on the next page by exercises related to the lesson. What is the most encouraging for children is the fact that the work of each day is covered on only 2 pages which can be quickly done by a child who doesn’t want to feel that they are doing a lot.

 

A whole year covered in 8 weeks

 My son Mike has also had a very positive experience using the Revise and Shine English book. It boosted his confidence in doing his English work as he didn’t like to tackle the writing tasks. He has enjoyed working from it because the different activities are organised into small chunks for a revision period of 8 weeks.

 

Lessons “mentally easier”

Mike told me that the lessons were “mentally easier”.  He liked the fact that the book includes a lesson at the beginning of each topic. He said that this has helped him to understand the topics and then tackle the exercises. He did not think that he was making a lot of effort  but felt a real satisfaction when the work was marked. He was pleased with his grades.

Answers provided for assessement

Mike has been using Revise and Shine English book for his SATs’ preparation and has been very thrilled to be able to mark his work in class using the answers that are provided at the back of the book. I guess this gave him more ownership for his own learning. He could clearly see and understand where he had made a mistake and what he should have done to be given a better grade.

 

Topics are in line with the National Curriculum

This book includes practices on the different ks2 topics that year 6 children are tested in for the English SATs paper including spelling, short writing, long writing and Reading comprehension. It is perfectly in line with the National curriculum taught in year 6 classes.

 

Description of Level achieved

The Revise and Shine English book also provides at the back a description on how to work out the level that the child has achieved based on the total of their marks. This feature allows parents to know exactly their child’s level, to assess their strengths and weaknesses and to devise more practice in areas that need to be improved.

 

Nice layout with soft colours highlighting interesting points

I particularly liked the book’s layout with nice pictures which encouraged learning especially when it is about a subject you don’t really want to put much effort into. The book is rather colourful without being too bright and is very appropriate to children. It is a children’s book which isn’t too vivid so that it doesn’t distract learning. The book has instead slightly faint colours used mainly to highlight particularly interesting points.

 

“Quick tips” and “Remember” sections provided

As I said earlier Mike did not like the long writing tasks because he always thought that he did not have any ideas to write about. The problem was for him to organise his thoughts in an orderly manner. Since using this book, he does not complain any more about lack of ideas. I guess the book has played the tricks with the “quick tips” and “remember” sections provided.

 

To sum up…

I highly recommend the Revise and Shine English book which is for me the best English book to use either as a revision guide in year 6 or just at the end of year 5 ahead of the year class. Some parents have even used it for their children in year 4 as a teaching tool rather than a revision guide. So it really depends on what you intend to do and your child’s level.

 

How other parents have reviewed the Revise and Shine- English book?

These are reviews left by parents on Amazon:

I bought this for my son to help him improve and boost his English work. It has all the tests that are like the one’s in their SAT’s papers, like spellings, writing a short story, long story and reading test. It also has a copy of the spelling test for parents so that they can read it to their child and the child fills in the missing word. What’s good about this book is that at the back it shows you what level your child has achieved by doing these tests.”

“I used this as a textbook for my son in year 4. He was not good at English, and I did not know how to teach English, but I was able to help him with his English with the aid of this book. The book is supposed to take 8 weeks or less. If you follow a daily routine of doing one topic a day (excluding the weekend) it will take 8 weeks.  Each day’s work should take from 30 minutes to an hour.”

“The material for one day usually takes up two pages and consists of a page to read, followed by a page of questions or an exercise. The book includes basic spelling and grammar. Later on in the book you learn about different types of writing, and there are several sections that test comprehension. Unless you are an English teacher, these skills are almost impossible for a parent to teach their children. With the book however, it is much easier for the parent to help their child.”

“Got these for my daughter as she leaves every thing till the last minute even if you nag her constantly to do her homework. What a surprise she sits down most evenings with all books (English, Maths and science) and completes the section for that day. Each day has a section to read through as basic revision it is clear and concise, turn the page over and there is a small ‘test’ to complete with a marking score next to each question. The answers are at the back of the books for parents to mark. Also at the end of each book is a past paper to work through once all the revision has been completed. Out of all the revision books I have purchased over the years this one suits my daughter and her leave it till the last moment personality!! She has actually given it the 4 out of 5 for ease and enjoyment.”

“This is a really useful book for English SATs revision. Each of the genres has a quick resume of key features, and then there is a bit of comprehension and finally some written work. The texts are all included in the middle of the book and the answers are at the back.”

“This is an excellent resource for learning SATs at a slow speed without overwhelming your child. Bitesize learning.  Would highly recommend.”

Source of parents’ reviews: Amazon.co.uk

This book is available in most bookstores or online stores.

 

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How KS2 SATs revision books can help your child progress?

Posted May 6th, 2011 in KS2 SATs Books, KS2 sats revision book by admin

Parents often look for the best ways of preparing their children for the KS2 SATs and curriculum. Many turn to KS2 SATs revision books to help their children succeed while other parents have their own personal ways.

But what are the best ways of preparing kids for the KS2 tests and program? can KS2 SATs revision books really help your child progress? By the end of this article you will have looked at different benefits that many parents have found when using KS2 SATs revision books.

 

Going through teachers’ notes is not always possible

While older students will tend to go through their class notes and repeat the different exercises done in class, this method of studying is not always suitable for KS2 children. Young kids might find it very boring because they only feel that they re-do exercises that they had already done.

 

Using KS2 SATs revision books can be fun and motivating

One solution to this issue could be to use KS2 SATs revision books in addition to past SATs papers. KS2 children often find a well designed revision book very fun as well as motivating.

Good KS2 SATs revision books are in line with the National curriculum

Revision guides can also be very useful when they are in line with the National Curriculum. In this case they include a breakdown of the whole curriculum organised in topics. Some details on how to work out the level that your child has achieved are also provided. This helps you as a parent to be sure that your child has learned what they are expected to cover during the year.

 

 

Good revision guides organise learning into manageable parts

Children can quickly be overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to do. Effective revision books allow your child to go through the different topics step by step while the level of difficulty gradually increases. Your child can then attempt the test paper and do only the questions that they have already covered or revised in the revision guide. Done this way, revisions are often seen as less daunting for many kids since parents can break their revision down chunks by chunks.

 

KS2 SATs revision books are ideal to reinforce learning

Revision guides can also be very useful in reinforcing previous learning. Buying a guide related to the year class that your child has just finished will help them remember what they learnt the previous year. It helps especially the child who is weak at a subject to go through the different areas that they found difficult during the year. This is particularly relevant when the revision guide includes review and answer sections.

 

 

They can be used as a teaching tool

As well as being used to consolidate learning, KS2 SATs revision books can also be utilised as a teaching tool. They can be very helpful before your child reaches year 6. Used during the summer holidays for instance, they help your child to have their first exposure to the next year program ahead of the other kids. When it will be time for your child’s teacher to teach the topic, your child will understand it better and this teaching will only play the role of revisions or consolidation activities.

 

The best KS2 SATs revision books?

The best revision guides break the different topics and exercises into manageable chunks, have a review and an answer sections, are fun for children and have sample past papers or exam type questions included as well as some references to curriculum levels achieved by your child.  This one is highly graded by parents and I think it is a very good KS2 revison book.

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Need to know your child’s sat’s level?

* KS2 SATs Levels Explained!

* KS2 level thresholds 2007

* KS2 level thresholds 2008

* KS2 level thresholds 2009

* KS2 level thresholds 2010

 

Need past SATs papers?

* Maths past SATs papers

* English past SATs papers

* Science past SATs papers

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* What are the 2014 KS2 SATs’ dates?

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* How important are the KS2 SATs?

 

KS2 SATs Maths Papers

KS2 SATs maths papersWe all know how important it is that our children get familiar with the KS2 SATs papers. By practising and trying the real papers out, they will feel more confident when it will be time to sit their actual KS2 tests. Below, you can download free of charge the following KS2 SATs maths papers:

2013 Past SATs papers

2013 level 3-5 Maths Past SATs papers

 

2013 level 6 Maths Past SATs papers

 

 

2010 Past SATs papers

 

2009 Past SATs papers

 

2008 Past SATs papers

 

2007 Past SATs papers

 

Need past SATs papers in other subjects?

* English past SATs papers

* Science past SATs papers

More test KS2 papers

 

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* What resources are available for the 2014 KS2 tests and beyond

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* What are the 2011 KS2 SATs’ dates?

* How important are the KS2 SATs?

* How KS2 SATs revision books can help your child progress?