KS2 SATS Information 2020-21


SATs Tests for Year 6 pupils that were due to take place between Monday 10 May to Thursday 13 May 2021 have been CANCELLED.

In 2021, Eid is due to begin on the evening of Wednesday 12 May. We understand that, given the significance of Eid, Muslim pupils may be absent from school.

*Please note that schools may use timetable variations to reschedule the mathematics test for pupils who will be absent for Eid. If large numbers of pupils are absent, schools may decide it is appropriate to delay the test for the whole cohort. Schools should read the timetable variation guidance, which will be updated in December 2020, before applying. Schools are advised to discuss arrangements for the tests with their pupils’ parents before the test period.

These tests in English and Maths reflected the new national curriculum, and were intended to be more rigorous.

At the end of Year 6, children will sit tests in:-

o Reading 
o Maths 
o Spelling, punctuation and grammar

These tests will be both set and marked externally, and the results will be used to measure your child's progress and the school's performance. Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.

Key Stage 2 Reading

The reading test will provisionally be a single paper with questions based on one 800-word text and two passages of 300 words. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.

There will be a selection of question types, including:-

o Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’ 

o Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’ o Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’

o Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’

o Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’

Key Stage 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test

The grammar, punctuation and spelling test will consist of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes.

The grammar and punctuation test will include two sub-types of questions:

o Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’

o Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’

Key Stage 2 Maths

Children will sit three papers in maths:-

o Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes (written)

o Papers 2 and 3: mathematical fluency, solving problems and reasoning, 40 minutes per paper

Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:-

o Multiple choice

o True or false

o Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart

o Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem.

Key Stage 2 Science

Not all children in Year 6 will take science SATs. However, a number of schools will be required to take part in science sampling: a test administered to a selected sample of children thought to be representative of the population as a whole. There are plans to re-introduce the Science paper for all Year 6 pupils. For those who are selected, there will be three papers:-

o Biology: 25 minutes, 22 marks 
o Chemistry: 25 minutes, 22 marks 
o Physics: 25 minutes, 22 marks

When will KS2 SATs take place in 2021? CANCELLED

Monday 10th May 2021: Grammar and punctuation paper and Spelling paper

Tuesday 11th May 2021: Reading paper

Wednesday 12th May 2021: Maths papers 1 and 2

Thursday 13th May 2021: Maths paper 3

How will Key Stage 2 SATs be marked?

The old system of national curriculum levels is now no longer used, after the department of education abolished it in Summer 2015. Instead, children will be given standardised scores. You will be given your child’s score, alongside the average for their school, the local area and nationally. There will also be a ‘performance descriptor’ of the expected standard for Key Stage 2 pupils. The Department for Education is aiming for 85 per cent of children to reach or exceed that standard.

Are there any sample papers?

Yes - The Government produced sample papers with mark schemes in June 2015. You can have a look at them by clicking here.

KS2 SATS Presentation

Government Information on KS1 and KS2 SATS

Practice Papers

We would like to recommend this site as a good source of practice papers.