Y2 SATs 2017

At the end of Year 2, children will take SATs in:

  1. Reading
  2. Maths

The children will also take an English grammar, punctuation and spelling paper before the end of the school year. This paper is not compulsory this year.

SATs have to be carried out during May but there are no set dates nationally – this will be a school decision
There are more papers for each subject than in previous years.

Test scores

A pupil who achieves the national standard will have demonstrated sufficient knowledge in the areas assessed by the tests. This will mean that they are well placed to succeed in the next phase of their education.

How will the tests be marked?

Although the tests are set externally, they will be marked by teachers within the school. Instead of the old national curriculum levels, children will be given a standardised score. Teacher assessments will also be used to build up a picture of your child’s learning and achievements. In addition, your child will receive an overall result saying whether they have achieved the required standard in the tests. The Department for Education aims for 85 per cent of children to reach the required standard.


  • We will continue to prepare and administer in the same way as previous years according to DfE guidance.
  • We will endeavour to make the process as relaxed as possible.
  • We will continue to focus on quality teaching and learning.


The new reading test for Year 2 pupils will involve two separate papers:

  1. Paper 1 consists of a selection of texts totalling 400 to 700 words, with questions interspersed.
  2. Paper 2 comprises a reading booklet of a selection of passages totalling 800 to 1100 words. Children will write their answers in a separate booklet. This paper will be given to all children however we will stop the test for those children who appear to be struggling.

Each paper should take around 30 minutes, but children will not be strictly timed, as the tests are not intended to assess children’s ability to work at speed.
The texts in the reading papers will cover a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and will get progressively more difficult towards the end of the test. We have the option to stop the test at any point that we feel is appropriate for a particular child.

There will be a variety of question types:

  • Multiple choice
  • Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show in which order they happened in the story’
  • Matching, e.g. ‘Match the character to the job that they do in the story’
  • Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title’
  • Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that shows what the weather was like in the story’
  • Short answer, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
  • Open-ended answer, e.g. ‘Why did Lucy write the letter to her grandmother? Give two reasons’

Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation

  1. Paper 1 : a 20-word spelling test taking approximately 15 minutes.
  2. Paper 2: a grammar, punctuation and vocabulary test, which will take around 20 minutes each. This will involve a mixture of selecting the right answers e.g. through multiple choice, and writing short answers.

Examples of Spellings questions:

Spelling 1: The word is faster. Hannah ran faster than Lee. The word is faster.

Spelling 2: The word is sunny. Yesterday it was very sunny. The word is sunny.

Spelling 3: The word is face. I had a big smile on my face. The word is face.

Spelling 4: The word is group. There was a large group of children at the party. The word is group.

Spelling 5: The word is fingers. You pick things up with your fingers. The word is fingers.

Spelling 6: The word is paints. The paints in the box are different colours. The word is paints.

Spelling 7: The word is kitten. Our new kitten is black with white paws. The word is kitten.

Spelling 8: The word is thanked. I thanked my friend for her help. The word is thanked.

Spelling 9: The word is Saturday. We are going on holiday on Saturday. The word is Saturday.

Spelling 10: The word is sweets. I am not allowed to eat too many sweets. The word is sweets.

Spelling 11: The word is baking. My grandad was baking a cake. The word is baking.


The new Key Stage 1 maths test will comprise two papers:

  1. Paper 1: arithmetic taking around 15 minutes.
  2. Paper 2: mathematical fluency, problem-solving and reasoning which will take around 35 minutes, with a break if necessary. There will be a variety of question types: multiple choice, matching, true/false, completing a chart or table, drawing a shape and questions where children have to show or explain their method).

Children will not be able to use any tools such as calculators or number lines. This is a change from previous years.


Unlike in previous years, there is no written ‘test’ as such.

Throughout the year we have been, and will continue to, assess the children’s writing.

This continues until the end of the year.

Other national curriculum subjects, including English speaking and listening, science and computing, will be assessed by your child’s teacher based on their work throughout the year.

How can you help?

  • Please make sure that your child is at school and on time throughout the year.
  • Ensure that your child reads every night at home.
  • Support your child with number platforms, Acre Spells and any other work sent home.
  • Encourage your child to speak properly using the correct vocabulary and tenses.
  • Speak to your child’s class teacher if you have any issues/concerns at any point, please don’t wait for Parent’s Evening.
  • Reassure your child that we want them to do their best and that they should always try to do their best work but there is also more to life when you are 7 years old and there is nothing to worry about!

Sample test material

English Spelling Test paper 1

English GPS Paper 2

English Reading Paper 1

English Reading Paper 2

English Reading Paper 2 answer booklet

Maths Paper 1

Maths Paper 2

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Y2 teachers.

Y6 SATs 2017

The tests that Y6 children will take in 2017 are more rigorous than in past years, as they reflect the overhauled National Curriculum.

The tests consist of

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.

There is no Writing test or Science test.  Arrangements for these subjects are similar to the end of KS1.  Each child’s writing result will be based on Teacher Assessment of the written work they have produced throughout Y6.  The same applies to Science this year.

Administration of the tests

The tests will be administered on week beginning 8th May.

  • Monday 8th May – English Reading test.
  • Tuesday 9th May – English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling papers 1 & 2.
  • Wednesday 10th May – Maths papers 1 & 2.
  • Thursday 11th May – Maths paper 3

Most children will take the tests in the hall, unless they are entitled to a reader or support of any kind, when they will be seated in a classroom.


The tests are marked externally, and the results are used to measure the children’s performance, for example through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables.

Marks are used alongside Teacher Assessment to give a broader picture of attainment and progress.

Reading Test

This will be a single paper with questions based on three passages of text.  There will be a variety of question types such as:

  • Ranking / ordering of events in the story to show understanding of the plot.
  • Labelling parts of the text to show grammatical understanding and how it enhances the meaning of the text.
  • Finding parts of the text which illustrate a writer’s intention or vocabulary that evokes an image or emotion.
  • Short constructed responses to elicit literal meaning.
  • Open ended responses to elicit deeper understanding of the text.

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test

There are two parts to this test:

  1. The grammar and punctuation test requires short answers and lasts for 45 minutes.
  2. The aural spelling test of 20 words lasts for 15 minutes.

Maths Test

Children will sit three papers:

  • Paper 1 – arithmetic – 30 minutes.  Fixed response questions where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division.
  • Paper 2 and 3 – reasoning -4o minutes per paper.  A number of questions involving multiple choice, true or false, straight computation and longer problems to solve.


Results are usually sent to school some time in July.

The results will be included in your child’s end of year report.

You will be given your child’s raw score – the actual number of marks they get in the various papers, alongside their scaled score.

The range of scaled scores for each test is:

  • 80 – the lowest scaled score that can be awarded
  • 120 – the highest scaled score that can be awarded
  • 100 – this is the scaled score which is considered the pass mark.  Anything less than 100 indicates that your child has not achieved the expected standard.

You will be told if they have achieved the expected standard or not.

  • NS means your child has not achieved the expected standard
  • AS means your child has achieved the expected standard

Parent / Carer help is vital

What can you do to help?


  • Ensure that your child is at school in the run up and on the week of the tests.
  • Ensure that your child eats and sleeps well in the run up and on the week of the tests.
  • Come to parents’ evening to find out the specific areas that your child needs to revise.
  • If your child has been given homework or is invited to a booster class, encourage her / him to take part enthusiastically and complete work to the best of his / her ability.
  • Some children can become very anxious about the tests.  Try to reassure them and explain that we only want them to do their best.


  • Ensure that your child knows mental maths facts extremely well – hence the platforms.
  • Ask your child quick fire mental maths questions.
  • Ask children to estimate an answer before working it out.
  • Encourage checking of answers, consider if it is a sensible answer or not.


  • Encourage your child to read a variety of texts at home.
  • Encourage your child to read text carefully, looking for key words.
  • Discuss their reading – ask questions such as “Why?  How do you know? What do you think? Can you explain?”

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Y6 teachers.