Key Stage 2 SATs and Teacher Assessment

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The Department for Education introduced new and more challenging KS2 assessment tests in 2016. The following aims to explain the changes made:

In this video a headteacher provides information about the tests for parents. Click here for further information:

Page Contents

Introduction          Reading Test          Maths Test          Science Test Sampling

New Scoring System & Teaching Assessment

Expected standards at the end of KS2





In the summer term of 2016, children in Year 2 and Year 6 will be the first to take the new SATs papers. These tests in English and Maths will reflect the new national curriculum, and are intended to be more rigorous. There will also be a completely new marking scheme to replace the existing national curriculum levels.

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

• Reading
• Maths
• Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)

These tests will be both set and marked externally, and the results will come back into school some time at the end of June and the beginning of July.


Reading Test

The reading test will be a single paper with questions based on three/four passages of text which could be fiction, non-fiction or poetry. 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.’

The grammar, punctuation and spelling test will consist 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.’ Answers will need to be punctuated accurately.

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Maths Test

Children will 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

There is no longer a higher paper corresponding to the level 6 paper that pupils used to sit. The new test will contain higher order questions to cover this standard.



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Science Test sampling

This is done every two years and 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. (Monday 6 to Friday 17 June is the science sampling test period in which your child might sit the tests.) For those who are selected, there will be three papers:

Biology: 25 minutes, 22 marks
Chemistry: 25 minutes, 22 marks
Physics: 25 minutes, 22 marks

We haven’t been notified of our involvement in these tests at this moment in time.



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New Scoring System

The previous national curriculum levels have been scrapped, and instead children will be given scaled scores. You will be given your child’s raw score (the actual number of marks they get), alongside their scaled score between 80 -130 and whether they have reached the national average a scaled score of 100. In the previous national curriculum and system of levels, a level 4 was seen as the average level of attainment expected by a pupil at the end of Yr.6. Under the new system the scaled score of 100 would equate to the old system 4b.


Teacher Assessment

A teacher assessment for your child will be given to the DfE in Reading, Writing, Maths and Science. These will no longer be given as a level or number; but will say if they ‘have met’ or ‘have not met’ all of a series of statements defining the expected standard of what a child should know or be able to do by the end of Yr.6 in these subjects.
In Reading, Maths and Science
They will give either

• “Working at the expected standard” or
• “Not working at the expected standard”.

In Writing, rather than being given a simple met or not met the standards, pupils can be given one of three categories:

• “Working towards the expected standard”
• “Working at expected standards”
• “Working at greater depth within the expected standard”.

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Expected Standards at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2)

To view these standards click on the subject name:

  • Expected standards in English at the end of KS2
  • Expected standards in Maths at the end of KS2
  • Expected standards in Science at the end of KS2


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