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Year 5/6

Welcome to Upper Key Stage 2


5/6S Mrs Stott and Miss Sach 

5/6M Mr McWilliam and Miss Bradley 

6S- Miss Sullivan and Ms Toohey 


Key Stage 2 Leader: Mrs Warrington 



Key Information


Home Readers

We have a reward system in each of the Year 5 and 6 classrooms whereby when the children return their home reading book with their planner signed they receive an Epraise point on the whole school online reward system. We encourage the children to read  5+ times per week. It is essential that you listen to your child read daily at home as past experience has shown that children who read at home daily make the most progress with their reading.


Children are given termly topic homework grids and should complete one per week in their homework book. The children are to bring their homework books in on Mondays, work will be marked and sent home on Wednesdays for children to complete their next task. 



Teachers will set weekly homework  on our homework app- Frogplay. The app is designed to encourage your child to develop their skills and work on their individual targets.

      School ID is 134371. 

      Usernames are FirstnameSurname 

      Passwords are children's dates of birth DDMMYYYY.



Year 5 and 6 children will also be given spellings to learn weekly at home and will be tested in school the following week.


It is important that you help and support your child working towards achieving their targets.

If you are unsure how you can support your child, please do not hesitate to speak to your child's class teacher.


Physical Education

PE is a compulsory subject of the National Curriculum and at Rimrose Hope, we support, promote and encourage a healthy lifestyle and deem this subject area extremely important. 

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions we ask that you ensure that your child arrives at school in their PE kit on the specified day below. Please ensure that children wear school PE kits (white polo shirt, maroon shorts and black pumps for indoors, maroon joggers and sweatshirt/ cardigan for outside, white polo shirt and trainers ) please ensure your child arrives at school in their correct kit as we are unable to lend kits due to the current situation. 

How can I support my child?


Please follow the links below to online games and support.

Supporting your child in preparation for SATs

Supporting your child at home

End of Key Stage 2 Statutory Assessments (SATS)


What are SATs?

SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) are given at the end of year 2, 6 and 9. The tests in year 6 are more formal than in year 2 as the tests have to be sat on a specific day and are sent off to be externally marked. School will report levels to parents in their child's end of year report. 


Key Dates- Please do not book holiday time between these dates.

The Year 6 SATs tests will commence on Monday 10th and Thursday 13th May 2021.

The examinations will take place during the morning sessions. 


Monday 10th May 2021
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling

Tuesday 11th May 2021
English reading

Wednesday 12th May 2021
Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning

Thursday 13th May 2021
Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning


If you have any queries regarding the Key Stage 2 SAT examinations, you can speak to your child's class teacher or alternatively, you can speak with Mrs. Warrington (KS2 Phase Leader). 


2020 Key Stage 2 Examinations 


At the end of Year 6, children sit tests in:

* Reading

* Maths

* Spelling, punctuation and grammar


These tests are both set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.


Key Stage 2 Reading

The reading test is a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. 

Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.

There will be a selection of question types, including:

* Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’

* Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’

* Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’

* Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’

* Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’

In 2018 the Department for Education announced that the reading content of the KS2 SATs would be more closely linked to the curriculum in future to ensure children are drawing on their knowledge when answering reading comprehension questions.


Key Stage 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test

The grammar, punctuation and spelling test consists of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes.

The grammar and punctuation test will include two sub-types of questions:

* Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’

* Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’


Key Stage 2 Maths

Children sit three papers in maths:

* Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes

* Papers 2 and 3: reasoning, 40 minutes per paper

Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:

* Multiple choice

* True or false

* Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart

* Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem


How will my child's results be graded? 

You will be given your child’s scaled score and whether they have reached the expected standard set by the Department for Education (‘NS’ means that the expected standard was not achieved and ‘AS’ means the expected standard was achieved)

The range of scaled scores available for each KS2 test is:

  • 80 (the lowest scaled score that can be awarded)
  • 120 (the highest scaled score)

The expected standard for each test is a scaled score of 100 or more. If a child is awarded a scaled score of 99 or less they won't have achieved the expected standard in the test.

The Department for Education expects at least 65 per cent of children to reach the expected standard (the figure was initially 85 per cent but has been revised).