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Papers released by DfE reveal exactly what pupils were asked

Earlier this month almost 600,000 ten and 11-year-olds were tested on their reading skills – with a Sats paper which reduced some pupils to tears.

Now the DfE has published the materials which include three texts. The first describes a garden party, there is also a newspaper report on dodos and an extract from a Lauren St John story describing a girl who rides a giraffe across the savannah.

The TES reported that concerns from some teachers that the papers were too middle-class – concerns perhaps prompted by the first extract The Lost Queen. It describes two children sneaking away during a garden party at the ancestral home of a girl whose family once married into royalty. They explore the grounds of this “big house” which has its own lake, island and marble secret monument.

But can you answer questions such as “What were Martine’s grandmother’s rules about riding the giraffe?” Try the test here and tell us what you think in the comments box below.

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