New-style KS1 SATs were introduced in 2016 for all Year 2 children in England. Here's what parents need to know about the English and maths assessments in 2017 and beyond.
In the summer term 2016, children at the end of Key Stage 1 were the first to sit new SATs papers. That means that if your child is in Year 2 this year, they will be among the first year-groups of pupils to take the new-style test.
At the end of Year 2, children take SATs in:
English grammar, punctuation and spelling
Key Stage 1 reading
The new reading test for Year 2 pupils is made up of two separate papers:
Paper 1 consists of a selection of texts totalling 400 to 700 words, with questions interspersed
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
Each paper is worth 50 per cent of the marks, and should take around 30 minutes, but children are 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 cover a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and get progressively more difficult towards the end of the test. Teachers have the option to stop the test at any point that they feel is appropriate for a particular child.
Key stage 1 grammar, spelling and punctuation
Children taking Key Stage 1 SATs sit two separate papers in grammar, spelling and punctuation:
Paper 1: a 20-word spelling test worth 20 marks.
Paper 2: a grammar, punctuation and vocabulary test worth 20 marks. This will involve a mixture of selecting the right answers e.g. through multiple choice, and writing short answers.
Key Stage 1 Maths
The new Key Stage 1 maths test is made up of two papers:
Paper 1: arithmetic, worth 25 marks and taking around 15 minutes.
Paper 2: mathematical fluency, problem-solving and reasoning, worth 35 marks and taking 35 minutes.
Children are not allowed to use any tools such as calculators or number lines.
When will the KS1 SATs take place?
The new-style KS1 SATs are due to be administered in May 2017. Unlike KS2 SATs, KS1 SATs don't have to be administered according to a nationally-set timetable in a specific week. Schools are free to manage the timetable and will aim to administer the tests in the classroom in a low-stress, low-key way; some children won't even be aware they've taken them!
How will the tests be marked?
Although the tests are set externally, they are marked by teachers within the school.
Instead of the old national curriculum levels, children are given a scaled score. Their raw score – the actual number of marks they get – is translated into a scaled score, where a score of 100 means the child is working at the expected standard. A score below 100 indicates that the child needs more support, whereas a score of above 100 suggests the child is working at a higher level than expected for their age. The maximum score possible is 115, and the minimum is 85.
Are there any practice papers for 2016 SATs?
Yes - KS1 SATs Practice Papers.