KS2 Sats: A guide for parents

What’s New for KS2 SATs in 2016?

In the summer term of 2016, children in Year 2 and Year 6 will be the first to take the new Sats papers. These tests in English and maths will reflect the new national curriculum, and are intended to be more rigorous. There will also be a completely new marking scheme to replace the existing national curriculum levels.

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

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Science (for sample schools)

These tests will be both set and marked externally, and the results will be used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.

Reading: The reading test will be a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.

Spelling, punctuation and grammar: This 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.

Maths: Children will sit three papers in maths:

  • Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes
  • Papers 2 and 3: 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 and include a wider range of mathematical areas.

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. (Monday 6 to Friday 17 June is the science sampling test period in which your child might sit the tests.) For those who are selected, there will be three papers:

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

When will KS2 SATs take place?

The Y6 LS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 9 May, 2016.

How Will KS2 SATs be marked?

The previous national curriculum levels have been scrapped, and instead children will be given scaled scores. You will be given your child’s raw score (the actual number of marks they get), alongside their scaled score and whether they have reached the national average. The score needed to reach the national average has yet to be announced.

KS2 Sats Revision Tips

Sometimes children get very anxious in the lead-up to their tests and parents naturally want to do their best to help their child and give their child the very best advice.

Theschoolrun.com has produced an amazing guide full of valuable tips to prepare your child for the KS2 Sats in 2016. Click the link above to access this valuable information.