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Science SATS

9th May 2018


Dear Parents

In addition to our statutory tests taking place next week, we have been informed by the Department for Education that we have been selected to take part in Science Sample tests.


Not all children in Year 6 will take Science SATs however, a number of schools will be required to take part in science sampling: a test administered to a selected sample of children thought to be representative of the population as a whole. Science sampling testing will take place on Thursday 7th June 2018.


The NFER will let the school know at the end of May what size the sample will be and which children will be asked to take part.


For those children who are selected, there will be three papers: · Biology: 25 minutes, 22 marks · Chemistry: 25 minutes, 22 marks · Physics: 25 minutes, 22 marks.


These are ‘questions in a physics/chemistry/biology context’, for example: Biology: ‘Describe the differences in the life cycle of an amphibian and a mammal’ Chemistry: ‘Group a list of materials according to whether they are solid, liquid or gas’ Physics: ‘Predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, based on where the poles are facing’.


Yours sincerely



Mrs D Cousins


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