Key Stage Two Tests onwards:

 

 

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

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

 

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). The 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 be a single paper with questions based on three passages of text.

Children will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.



There will be a selection of question types, including:

 

  • Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’
  • Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’
  • Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’
  • Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
  • 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:

 

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

 

  • 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, including:

 

  • Multiple choice
  • True or false
  • Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart
  • Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem

 

 

When will KS2 SATs take place?

 

The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in May.

 

 

How will Key Stage 2 SATs be marked?

 

The previous national curriculum levels are no longer being used, and instead children will be given scaled scores. Parents will be given their child’s raw score (the actual number of marks they get), alongside their scaled score and whether they have reached the National Average (NA scaled score of 100). The raw score needed to reach the national average scaled score of 100 will be announced following the 2016 tests.



Progress Over Time


Progress made by pupils since Key Stage 1 will be shown by comparing the standardised scores of pupils in each school with those pupils who scored the same APS (Average Point Score), to show progress relative to others nationally.   

 

Previously, progress was a fixed measure, a minimum expectation of ‘2 levels of progress’ since KS1.  This has been changed.

 

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“Information for headteachers, teachers, governors and local authorities about scaled scores and the national standard from 2016”*

 

*Taken from:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/scaled-scores

 

“The old national curriculum levels are not relevant to the new national curriculum. However, in order to provide schools with some indication of the new standards, we have tried to indicate equivalence…

 

At... KS2 the national standard will roughly equate to an old level 4B (APS 27).  Otherwise levels and scaled scores will not be comparable.”

 

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