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 Post subject: SATs and spellings
PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:21 pm 
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Does anyone know if SATs at Y6 have a creative writing part and generally how much weight is given to correct spelling in Y6 SATs?

For example, if the child makes spelling mistakes in more difficult words like brilliant and hammered?

And what about mistakes in homophones like their, they're, there? I tend to have low tolerance for these in general...


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 Post subject: Re: SATs and spellings
PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:27 pm 
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have a look at the mark schemes for past papers, that will give you some idea of how they are marked

http://www.st-josephs-pickering.n-yorks ... papers.htm


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 Post subject: Re: SATs and spellings
PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:43 pm 
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In the past, spelling is tested as a separate element than the creative writing part, although general spellings of common words should be fairly consistent.
However, in 2012 there will not be an externally marked writing test in the SATS.
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 Post subject: Re: SATs and spellings
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:53 pm 
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starmum2000 wrote:
In the past, spelling is tested as a separate element than the creative writing part, although general spellings of common words should be fairly consistent.
However, in 2012 there will not be an externally marked writing test in the SATS.
Starmum x


Thanks, I had heard the part about marking of the writing test.

So do you mean that spellings in the writing task were not considered last year but this year they may since it depends on the teacher?


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 Post subject: Re: SATs and spellings
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:58 pm 
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No, they will refer to the descriptions of each level and grade the piece accordingly. it is not up to the individual whim of the teacher. Try googling Level descriptors KS2 English and you will find more information.


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 Post subject: Re: SATs and spellings
PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:56 pm 
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pabrighton0 wrote:
Does anyone know if SATs at Y6 have a creative writing part and generally how much weight is given to correct spelling in Y6 SATs?

For example, if the child makes spelling mistakes in more difficult words like brilliant and hammered?

And what about mistakes in homophones like their, they're, there? I tend to have low tolerance for these in general...


Agree with Yo-yo, there are level descriptors that teachers will use.

However I would say that the examples you have given are not ambitious spellings and should be established well before Y6, as should the homophones. A child will not be disadvantaged by misspelling genuinely ambitious words or words that do not follow spelling patterns that have been taught during primary school, so for example a child would not be penalised for spelling benign and avalanche incorrectly, but of course it does depend on which level you are looking at. I'm thinking level 4.


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