KS2 SATs were overhauled to be in line with the new national curriculum in May 2016.
The new-style SATs for English and maths reflect the new national curriculum, and are more rigorous than previous years' tests. There is also a completely new SATs marking scheme and grading system which has replaced national curriculum levels.
At the end of Year 6, children sit tests in:
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
These tests are both set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the academy’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables).
Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.
When will KS2 SATs take place in 2021?
The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 10th May 2021.
Monday 10 May 2021 English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: short answer questions (45 mins) English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling 15 mins)
Tuesday 11 May 2021 English Reading (60 mins)
Wednesday 12 May 2021 Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic (30 mins) Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning (40 mins)
Thursday 13 May 2021 Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning (40 mins)
Writing Teacher Assessment
Please note that writing is continually assessed throughout the spring and summer term and in particular during May and June 2021. It is therefore essential that children do not take holidays during May and June and especially during SATs week (10th – 14th May 2021).
All children in academy have to take the SATs test on the same day as prescribed by the Dfe. If a child is absent for a test they will not receive a SATs test assessment. In this case they will receive a Teacher Assessment.
It is also vital that children have good attendance and arrive at academy on time every morning. Research shows that poor attendance adversely affects children’s attainment and the progress that they are capable of making
Key Stage 2 Reading
The reading test is a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. 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 reading content of the KS2 SATs will be more closely linked to the curriculum to ensure children are drawing on their knowledge when answering reading comprehension questions.
Key Stage 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test
The grammar, punctuation and spelling test consists 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.’
Key Stage 2 maths
Children sit three papers in maths:
Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes
Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including straightforward addition and subtraction and more complex calculations with fractions worth 1 mark each. They also cover long divisions and long multiplications worth 2 marks each.
Papers 2 and 3: reasoning, 40 minutes per paper
Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:
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
How will Key Stage 2 SATs be marked?
You will be given your child’s raw score (the actual number of marks they get), alongside their scaled score and whether they have reached the expected standard set by the Department for Education (‘NS’ means that the expected standard was not achieved and ‘AS’ means the expected standard was achieved).
The range of scaled scores available for each KS2 test is:
80 (the lowest scaled score that can be awarded)
120 (the highest scaled score)
The expected standard for each test is a scaled score of 100 or more. If a child is awarded a scaled score of 99 or less they won't have achieved the expected standard in the test.
The Department for Education expects at least 65 per cent of children to reach the expected standard.
Reporting to Parents
Reports will be sent out by the end of the summer term and the opportunity to discuss any questions you have with the class teacher will be provided.
Year 6 staff meet with year 7 teachers to provide teacher assessments and additional information about your child. High school will also have access to the scaled scores