At various points on their journey through primary school, pupils will complete statutory assessments set by the Department for Education (DfE). These include:
- A Reception Baseline (at the beginning of Reception)
- A Phonics Screening Check (at the end of Year 1)
- End of Key Stage 1 Assessments- SATs (at the end of Year 2)
- A Multiplication Tables Check (at the end of Year 4)
- End of Key Stage 2 Assessments- SATs (at the end of Year 6)
At each of these assessment points pupils will be supported through the process and parents informed of how best to support their child at home. The school is mindful of the anxiety testing can have on pupils and therefore we go to great lengths to ensure that they do not feel under pressure as the assessment points approach.
In addition to statutory assessments, pupils will complete tests in Reading and Maths during the academic year, which are used to check on progress and inform future planning. These results are also shared with parents during Parents’ Evenings and in end of year reports. Pupils also receive regular low stakes tests (e.g. multiple choice quizzes) as part of a comprehensive retrieval practice strategy.
Key Stage 1 & 2 SATs Guidance and Results
What are SATs?
SATs are tests administered by primary schools to children in Year 2 and Year 6 to gauge their educational progress. They are one marker used by the government, and hence parents, of the quality of the education at a school. The setting and marking of SATs are carried out in UK schools by the Standards and Testing Agency.
KS1 SATs in Year 2
In May, children will sit their KS1 SATs in:
- English Grammar
- Punctuation and Spelling
They will also be assessed by their teacher on science, writing, and speaking and listening. This however is known as the teacher assessment, and it is not an official score for the SATs or national assessments.
KS2 SATs in Year 6
In Year 6 SATs are a more formal process of testing, and children will sit KS2 SATs in:
- English Reading
- English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
What will be in the KS1 SATs for Year 2?
The KS1 Maths SATs is made up of two papers:
- Paper 1 is an arithmetic test which should take around 15 minutes. It will consist of 25 marks.
- Paper 2 involves reasoning, problem solving and mathematical fluency. This paper has 35 marks available, will last for roughly 35 minutes, and contains a variety of question types.
- Paper 1 is a 20 word spelling test worth 20 marks which should take roughly 15 minutes.
- Paper 2 is a punctuation, grammar and vocabulary test. It comes in two sections of around 10 minutes each, and the paper is worth 20 marks.
- Paper 1 consists of a variety of texts totalling 400 to 700 words with questions placed at intervals throughout.
- Paper 2 consists of a reading booklet containing different passages. These will total 800 to 1100 words.
What will be in the KS2 SATs papers for Year 6?
One paper with questions that are based on 3 passages of text. Students get 1 hour to answer the questions on the paper.
KS2 English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling:
- The written element of the spelling, punctuation and grammar SATs consists of a grammar and punctuation paper which lasts for 45 minutes.
- There is also a 20-word spelling test which lasts around 15 minutes.
- Paper 1 is an arithmetic paper which will last for 30 minutes. It will contain fixed response questions where children have to give the correct answers to calculations.
- Papers 2 and 3 will involve a wider range of question types including multiple choice, true or false and reasoning based. Both papers will last 40 minutes each.
There is no set date for the KS1 SATs, other than the fact that they will take place in May.
When are the KS2 SATs 2020?
|Monday May 11th 2020:||Spelling, punctuation and grammar Test Grammar/ Punctuation – 45 minutes|
|Monday May 11th 2020:||Spelling, punctuation and grammar Test-Spelling – 20 minutes|
|Tuesday May 12th 2020:||Reading Test – 60 minutes|
|Wednesday May 13th 2020:||Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic) – 30 minutes|
|Wednesday May 13th 2020:||Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning) – 40 minutes|
|Thursday May 14th 2020:||Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning) – 40 minutes|
Can my child fail a SATs test?
It is important that children understand they are not going to ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ the test. It will show what they have learned, and what they can do in relation to the required standard at the end of year 2 or year 6.
Key Stage 2 SATs Revision Advice
The school provides a range of revision materials. These include CGP books, 10 minute tests materials, copies of past papers, online subsciptions like ‘MyMaths’ and ‘I Am Learning’. Revising little and often is a sensible way to approach the tests and ask for help from your teacher/teaching assistant, parent/carer or a friend if there are things you don’t understand.
Parents: How to help your child
- Make sure they get enough sleep.
- Make sure they eat breakfast.
- Don’t try and frighten them into revising.
- Encourage them to ask the teacher if they are unsure about anything.
- Explain that the SATs are a way of showing what they know.
- No extended holidays and keep absences to a minimum.
A detailed breakdown of the school’s latest Key Stage 2 results can be found here.