Key Stage 2 SAT

Key Stage 2 SATs are upon children within 2 terms of arriving at our school. The National Curriculum tests are designed to assess children's knowledge and understanding of specific elements of the Key Stage 2 programmes of study. They provide a snapshot of a child's attainment at the end of the Key Stage. In May, week commencing 8th May 2017, our Year 6 pupils will take tests in English grammar, punctuation and spelling, reading and Mathematics.

Teachers will assess their pupils against the year group expectations for each subject including writing. Teachers will take into account written, practical and oral work as well as classroom work, homework and any informal tests taken in class.

Parents will receive a report at the end of the year which will include results of the National Curriculum tests.

The Key Stage 2 tests are timetabled from Monday 8 May to Thursday 11 May 2017.

Date Activity
Monday 8 May 2017 English reading
Tuesday 9 May 2017 English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper,1: questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper,2: spelling
Wednesday 10 May 2017 Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
Thursday 11 May 2017

Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning

KS2 English reading test

The English reading test focuses on the comprehension elements of the national curriculum and includes a mixture of text genres. The test is designed so that the texts increase in their level of difficulty. The test consists of a reading booklet and a separate answer booklet. Pupils will have one hour to read the 3 texts in the reading booklet and complete the questions which are worth 50 marks in total. Pupils can approach the test as they choose, for example working through one text and answering the questions before moving on to the next.

KS2 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test

The grammar, punctuation and spelling test focuses on knowing and applying grammatical terminology with the full range of punctuation tested.
There are 2 papers:

  • Paper 1: short answer questions

  • Paper 2: spelling Paper 1: short answer questions is a combined question and answer booklet.
There are no contextual items in the test. Pupils will have 45 minutes to answer the questions which are worth 50 marks in total. Paper 2: spelling consists of a test transcript to be read by the test administrator and an answer booklet for pupils to complete 20 missing words. The test is expected to take approximately 15 minutes, but is not strictly timed. The questions are worth 20 marks in total.

KS2 Mathematics test

The mathematics test comprises 2 components, presented to pupils as 3 test papers: 

  • Paper 1: arithmetic

  • Paper 2: reasoning

  • Paper 3: reasoning

Square grids are provided where pupils need to show their method, in some answer spaces of the arithmetic paper and some of the questions on Paper 2.

Paper 1: arithmetic assesses basic mathematical calculations. The questions cover straightforward addition and subtraction and more complex calculations with fractions worth 1 mark each. They also cover long divisions and long multiplications worth 2 marks each. Pupils will have 30 minutes to answer the questions which are worth 40 marks.

Papers 2 and 3 assess mathematical fluency, solving mathematical problems and mathematical reasoning. Pupils will have 40 minutes to complete each test paper worth 35 marks per paper.

Key Stage 2 Sats Results 2016

In 2016, following the removal of National Curriculum Levels, scaled scores were used to report national curriculum test outcomes.

Scaled scores help test results to be reported consistently from one year to the next. National curriculum tests are designed to be as similar as possible in terms of challenge year on year, but slight differences in difficulty will occur between years. Scaled scores maintain their meaning over time so that 2 pupils achieving the same scaled score in different years will have demonstrated the same attainment.

A pupil’s scaled score is based on their raw score. The raw score is the total number of marks a pupil receives in a test, based on the number of questions they answer correctly. The pupil’s raw score is translated into a scaled score using a conversion table. For the KS2 tests a scaled score of 100 represents the ‘expected standard’.

No. Pupils 132 71 129 65
% Pupils 69.1 37.2 67.5 34.0


 ReadingWritingReading & Writing
No. Pupils 132 71 70
% Pupils 69.1 37.2 36.6


 Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling
No. Pupils 135
% Pupils 70.7

Comparison with National Data

 ReadingGrammar, Punctuation & SpellingMathematicsWriting
SMS % Pupils 69.1 70.7 67.5 37.5
National % Pupils 66 72 70


Average Scaled Score

 SMSNational (England)
Reading 101.7 103
Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling 102.2 104
Mathematics 101.8


SATS 2016 - Pupils Reaching Expected Standard

Teacher Assessments Year 6 2016

Reading 18         81  
Writing   1 2 13 46 36 2
Maths 29       2 68  
Science 22         77  

Figures are in % and may not add to 100% due to rounding
HNM Has not met the required standard
PKF Pre key stage foundation
PKE Pre key stage early stage
PKG Pre key stage growing development
WTS Working towards expected standard
EXS Working at expected standard
GDS Working at greater depth

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