The KS2 SATs begin in May. Children who started Year 6 in September 2014 will be the last to take Key Stage 2 SATs in their current form, before they are over hauled for summer 2016. These SATs have already undergone some changes, with the aim of making them fairer for all children. In 2011, a review into primary school assessments recommended a greater focus on the progress of children throughout the school year, as opposed to a test-day snapshot of what they know; it also highlighted the value of teacher assessment.
KS2 SATs papers explained
All Year 6 children are required to take externally-set assessments in English and maths. The standard papers cover levels 3-5, with 4 being the expected natioanl average at the end of primary school. Children sit the following tests:
Year 6 English SATs
English grammar, punctuation and vocabulary, taking 45 minutes; Paper 2 is a spelling test with 20 questions, taking approximately 15 minutes
English reading – one paper based on reading comprehension of three texts, with a total of 35 to 40 questions of increasing difficulty. Children are allowed one hour in total, including reading time.
The English grammar, punctuation and spelling test covers sentence grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, handwriting and spelling and was intorduced in 2013. This replaced the old writing paper, with writing now being tested purely through teacher assessment.
Year 6 Maths SATs
Mathematics – Papers 1 and 2, each lasting 45 minutes and Paper 3, a 20 minute mental maths test.
In addition, high-achieving children may be entered for Level 6 SATs papers in the same subjects. The Department for Education (DfE) advises that only children who are expected to achieve level 6 should take these tests. They must also take the level 3-5 paper first, and can only be awarded a level 6 if they also achieve level 5 on the standard paper. If they don’t pass the level 6 paper, they are awarded the grade from their level 3-5 test instead. From 2014, school performance tables will show the number of pupils who were awarded level 6.
KS2 2 Stage SAT’s Results