KS1 SATs

This article is the second in our series about Primary School SATs.

KS1 SATs will be the focus in this blog and next week we will explore KS2 SATs.

The end of KS1 SATs are held at the end of Year 2 and thankfully they are not as intense as the end of KS2. The Year 2 SATs papers can be completed any time during May and they are not strictly timed. Most pupils will not be aware that they are sitting the papers as teachers will include them in everyday classroom practice so that pupils perform as they would in any other test.

Before 2016, teacher assessments were delivered for children at the end of KS1. In 2016 the Department of Education decided to introduce formal test which are age-standardized. At this young age there is a marked difference in development between pupils’ aged within the same year group which the results take into account.

The original sample papers that were released to help teachers prepare for the new SATs can be found below at the end of this article.

The KS1 SATS Components

English

  • 1 paper cover Grammar and Punctuation,
  • 1 paper covering Spelling
  • 2 reading papers (short text and questions; longer text with separate questions)

Maths

  • 1 Arithmetic paper
  • 1 reasoning paper

Further details on the papers can be found below

Detailed content breakdown of KS1 English SATS year 2 papers

Detailed content breakdown of KS1 Maths SATS year 2 papers

KS1 Year two English SATS papers.

Set One. These papers were used in 2016 for the actual tests. Each paper has the relevant instructions and mark scheme to download alongside the questions themselves. Download all parts.

KS1 Year 2 SATS Papers English SPAG– Paper 1 – Spelling Instructions,Question Paper, Marking Guide

KS1 Year 2 SATS Papers English SPAG- Paper 2 – Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Instructions, Question Paper, Marking Guide

KS 1Year 2 SATS Papers English Reading- Paper 1 – Instructions, Text and questions, Marking Guide

KS1 Year 2 SATS Papers English Reading – Paper 2 – Instructions, Text to read, Question Paper, Marking Guide

Set Two. These papers were used as mocks exams for the first test in the new format so they are exactly right for practice currently

KS1 Year 2 SATS Papers MOCK English SPAG– Paper 1 – Spelling Instructions, Question Paper, Marking Guide

KS1 Year 2 SATS Papers MOCK English SPAG- Paper 2  Grammar, Punctuation and SpellingInstructions, Question Paper, Marking Guide

KS1 Year 2 SATS Papers MOCK English Reading – Paper 1 – Instructions,Text and questions, Marking Guide

KS1 Year 2 SATS Papers MOCK English ReadingPaper 2Instructions,Text to read, Question Paper,  Marking Guide

KS1 Year 2 Maths SATS Papers.

KS1 Year 2 SATS Papers Maths – Paper 1 – Arithmetic Instructions,Question Paper, Marking Guide

KS1 Year 2 SATS Papers Maths – Paper 2 – Reasoning Instructions,Question Paper, Marking Guide

Set Two. These papers were used as mocks exams for the first test in the new format so they are exactly right for practice currently

KS1 Year 2 SATS Papers MOCK Maths – Paper 1 – Arithmetic Instructions, Question Paper, Marking Guide

KS1 Year 2 SATS Papers  MOCK Maths – Paper 2 – Reasoning Instructions, Question Paper, Marking Guide

KS2 SATs

Year 6 SATs

In final part of our 3 part series on SATs, our focus in Year 6.

If your child is completing KS2 SATs in 2018, read on for the updated information

In the the recent years, the SATs papers have been drastically altered to reflect the changes in the national curriculum. The new style of SATs is more challenging and more precise than previous years’ tests. A completely new SATs marking scheme and grading system has also been introduced which has replaced national curriculum levels used before. As a result, the new SATs are more complex and harder than ever.

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

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

All of these tests are set and marked by examiners outside of school. The results passed back to school and are then used to measure the performance of the school (such as reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). The SATs scores will be used alongside a teacher assessment to judge the attainment of Y6 students during their years of Primary Education. The SATs do use an age-standardizing score system to take into account the differences in development between the oldest and youngest pupils in the year group. The SATs results are highly important and often Secondary Schools use performance in the SATs to set Y7 students into groups according to their ability.

The Year 6 KS2 SATs week will begin on 14th May 2018.

The timetable will be as follows:

Monday 14 May 2018

English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions

English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling

Tuesday 15 May 2018

English reading

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic

Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning

Thursday 17 May 2018

Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning

SATs marking

Previously SATs were marked with national curriculum levels (3-5) but these have been replaced with scaled scores.

This means that your child will be awarded a raw score (the number of marks they achieved) alongside their scaled score which decides if they have reached the expected standard according to the Department of Education.

‘NS’ means that they have not achieved the expected standard

‘AS’ means that the expected standard has been reached

The range of scores available for each KS2 test are between 80, the lowest, and 120, the highest. The expected standard is a scaled score of 100 more and as a result, if a child achieves 99 or less, they will not have reached the expected standard for the test.

The UK Department of Education expects 65% of Y6 children to attain the expected standard.

You can see examples of the tests your child will take at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum-assessments-practice-materials

More details about the tests can also be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/standards-and-testing-agency