The Key Stage One and Two SATS are changing from 2016...

From summer 2016, Year 2 and Year 6 pupils will be the first to take the new SATS tests set by the government. These tests are designed to reflect the new National Curriculum and are becoming more rigorous. BOTH Year 2 and Year 6 will be tested on their reading, grammar, punctuation and spelling and maths. Some schools will choose to sit science papers in addition to the basic requirements.

Tests will be marked externally (as in previous years) children's progress and the school's performance is evaluated from the results. Along with indiviual teacher assessments, the tests are designed to give a broader view of every child's attainment.

Please read the information below highlighting the test requirements in more detail. For further questions or to book one of our SATS tutors, please email us at

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Key Stage Two - Maths

The Key Stage Two maths assessment will comprise of 3 papers.

Paper 1 - Arithmetic (30 mins)

Paper 2 - Reasoning (40 mins)

Paper 3 - Reasoning (40 mins)

Papers 1 and 2 will be taken on one day with paper three to be competed on the following day.

Paper 1 will consist of straight forward arithmetic response questions whereby children show their ability to perform calculations in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division - involving both whole numbers and decimals.

Papers 2 and 3 will consist of question types such as true or false statement questions, multiple choice, problem solving, shape and tables/charts.

Key Stage Two - Science

Not all schools are choosing to take part in the Year 6 Science SATs. However, a select number of schools will be required to take part in sampling tests, administered to a sample of children thought to be representative of the whole cohort of children. The science sampling test period is Monday 6th June to Friday 17th June in which your child might sit the tests, please contact your school or Year 6 teacher for more information. For those children selected to take the test, it is designed into three parts worth a total of 66 marks.

Biology: 25 minutes

Chemistry: 25 minutes

Physics: 25 minutes


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Key Stage Two - Reading

Children will have 1 hour to complete the reading test, including reading time. The reading booklet will contain two reading passages of 300 words and one text of 800 words.

Question types will include:

FIND AND COPY: Finding a word in the text that suggests a feeling or a theme.

LABELLING: Labelling different parts of a text such as the title or captions.

SHORT RESPONSES: Answering simple direct questions that can be answered by finding a particular word in the text.

OPEN-ENDED RESPONSES: Questions that involve the children to show understanding of the text by finding evidence to support their opinions.

ORDERING AND RANKING: Showing the events in a story as they appear in order.

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Key Stage One - Information

The Key Stage One SATs are given to children in Year 2 and have been changed to reflect the new National Curriculum, which was introduced in September 2014.

Children will take examinations in: Reading, English grammar, punctuation and spelling and Maths.

Key Stage 1 Reading

Reading will be assessed by children sitting TWO papers:

Paper 1 consists of a selection of texts totalling 400 to 700 words with questions throughout the booklet.

Paper 2 will have a separate reading booklet with passages up to 1100 words and children will write their answers in a separate answer booklet. (Similar to the format for KS2)

Both reading papers are designed to take around 30 minutes each, although this will not be timed as the tests are not aimed at assessing the children's ability to work under pressure and at speed. Both reading papers will have texts covering poetry, fiction and non-fiction and questions will get progressively more challenging towards the end of the papers. Teachers will have the ability to stop the test, depending on a child's current attainment level.

Question types are similar to that of Key Stage Two, only easier. These involve: Ranking and Ordering, Labelling, Short and Open Ended Questions, Multiple Choice and Find and Copy.

Key stage 1 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Similar to the KS2 format, Year 2 children will sit TWO separate papers.

Paper 1: A 20 word spelling test.

Paper 2: A punctuation, grammar and vocabulary test in two parts lasting around 10 minutes each and worth 20 marks.

Key Stage 1 Maths

Again, as in KS2 - both arithmetic and reasoning will be test only in KS1 there are just TWO papers.

Paper 1: Arithmetic - 15 minutes.

Paper 2: Reasoning - 35 minutes, with a break if necessary.


Key Stage Two SATs - 2016 Sample Papers


Key Stage One SATs - 2016 Sample Papers