What are level 6 SATs?
As of 2016, Level 6 SATs – additional tests that were taken by highly able children – were discontinued as a result of the overhaul of the National Curriculum and the SATs system.
From May 2016, all Year 6 children will take the same SATs papers, but they will include some questions of a higher difficulty level, designed to stretch the children who would previously have been entered for level 6 SATs.
This article explains what Level 6 SATs involved.
What were Level 6 SATs?
When were Level 6 SATs introduced?
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Who took Level 6 SATs?
Bethan, who teaches Y6, found the system worked slightly differently in her school. ‘Usually, we’d put children in for the Level 6 SATs if they were on the Gifted and Talented register for maths or English,’ she explains. ‘However, because Level 6s reflected well on the school, our head strongly encouraged us to enter as many children as possible, which was a bit of a gamble.’
Pupils could be entered for the paper in either maths or English, or in both; around one child in nine took the maths test, and one in 11 took the English test. If, when the papers were marked, a child hadn’t achieved a Level 5 on the standard paper, their Level 6 paper was not counted.
What sort of skills and questions were involved in Level 6 SATs?
One of the numbers is 0.6
There are two possible answers for the other number
What are the two other possible answers?
For the English test, children needed to use varied sentence structure, past, present and future tenses, an extended range of connectives (such as ‘similarly’ and ‘for instance’), a full range of punctuation (including colons and semi-colons), spell harder words accurately, and develop their ideas throughout a piece of writing. For example:
Spell the word subtle.
Insert a colon in the appropriate place in the sentence below.
I have three pets a hamster (called Frankie), a goldfish and a cat.
How were the results used?
For pupils, however, there was no concrete benefit in sitting the Level 6 paper. ‘It’s good for able children to be extended, and it can also be helpful when they start secondary school as they’re likely to be streamed with equally able children,’ Bethan says. ‘But while it was nice for pupils to achieve a Level 6, remember that, really, it’s just bragging rights, and not something to get stressed about.’
Can I see some L6 past papers?
What about standard KS2 SATs?
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