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End of KS1 Assessments

Standard Assessment Tests (SATs)

 

Primary school tests and assessments will return in 2021/22 without any adaptations.

 

In September 2017 it was confirmed that KS1 SATs will be made non-statutory (so schools will be able to choose whether to administer them or not) from 2023. This announcement does not affect children due to sit SATs before 2023, so children currently in Year 2 will still be tested.

 

Key Stage 1 Assessment (Year 2 Pupils)
Key Stage 1 SATs are used to test children’s knowledge and understanding of English and Mathematics in Key Stage 1. They provide a snapshot of children’s attainment and help Year 2 teachers arrive at a secure judgement for their final ‘teacher assessment’ at the end of Key Stage 1.

 

Key Stage 1 Reading
The reading test for Year 2 pupils will involve 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 percent of the marks and 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. Teachers will have the option to stop the test at any point that they 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’

 

Key Stage 1 Maths
The Key Stage 1 maths test will comprise 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, with a break if necessary. There will be a variety of question types: multiple choice, matching, true/false, constrained (e.g. completing a chart or table; drawing a shape) and less constrained (e.g. where children have to show or explain their method).

 

Children will not be able to use any tools such as calculators or number lines.

 

Key Stage 1 Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation (Optional)
The KS1 Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation test remained optional, so schools can choose whether to administer it to their pupils.

  • Paper 1: a grammar and punctuation written task, taking approximately 20 minutes, and worth 15 marks. Children will be provided with a prompt and stimulus for a short piece of writing, with a clear text type, audience and purpose. Handwriting will be worth four per cent of the marks.
  • Paper 2: a grammar, punctuation and vocabulary test, in two sections of around 10 minutes each (with a break between, if necessary), worth 20 marks. This will involve a mixture of selecting the right answers e.g. through multiple choice, and writing short answers.
  • Paper 3: a 20-word spelling test taking approximately 15 minutes and worth 10 marks.

 

When will the KS1 SATs take place?
KS1 SATs are administered during May. 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.

 

How are KS1 tests 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.

 

Teacher assessments are also 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 (your child’s actual results won’t be communicated to you unless you ask for them).

 

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