Key Stage 1 SATs
Information and Guidance on the Changes and Expectations for 2015/16
DfE position statement
As part of the national curriculum review, levels have been
abolished. This is in part in response to concerns about the validity
and reliability of levels and sub-levels. These concerns had an
impact on pupils learning, but also on the relationships between
primary and secondary schools and the trust in their assessments.
Levels have also been recognised as the driver of undue pace
through the curriculum, which has led to gaps in pupils’
Assessment and Reporting
‘Old’ national curriculum levels (e.g. Level 3, 4, 5) have now been abolished, as set out in
the government guidelines.
This means it is very difficult to compare the assessment of a previous year with the
current year.
Your child will still be taught with the highest expectations and cover all required
elements of the curriculum, similar to previous years.
The new curriculum is more rigorous and sets high expectations which all schools have
had to work hard to meet since the beginning of last year.
What is meant by ‘scaled scores’?
It is planned that 100 will always represent the ‘national standard’.
Each pupil’s raw test score will therefore be converted into a score on the scale, either
at, above or below 100.
The scale will have a lower end point somewhere below 100 and an upper end point
above 100.
A child who achieves the ‘national standard’ (a score of 100) will be judged to have
demonstrated sufficient knowledge in the areas assessed by the tests.
In July 2016 for the first publication of test results, each pupil will receive:
A raw score (number of raw marks awarded).
A scaled score in each tested subject.
Confirmation of whether or not they attained the national standard.
Scaled Scores
Scaled Scores Examples
On publication of the test results in July 2016:
A child awarded a scaled score of 100 is judged to have
met the ‘national standard’ in the area judged by the test.
A child awarded a scaled score of more than 100 is judged
to have exceeded the national standard and demonstrated
a higher than expected knowledge of the curriculum for
their age.
A child awarded a scaled score of less than 100 is judged to
have not yet met the national standard and performed
below expectation for their age
Key Stage 1 SATs
At the end of Year 2, children will take SATs in:
English grammar, punctuation and spelling
SATs have to be carried out during May but there are no set dates nationally this
will be a school decision
Key Stage 1 Reading
The new 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 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’
Reading Sample
Key Stage 1 Reading booklet 2
KS1 Spelling Punctuation and
Paper 1: a 20-word spelling test taking approximately 15
minutes and worth 10 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.
Key Stage 1 SPAG Sample Question
Key Stage 1 Mathematics
The new Key Stage 1 maths test will comprise two papers:
Paper 1: arithmetic, worth 25 marks and taking around 15-20 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).
• This test consists of a single test paper.
It is expected that the test will take approximately 20 minutes to
complete (not strictly timed).
It is at your discretion to choose when or if pupil(s) require a break during
the test or whether, if appropriate, to stop the test early
KS1 Arithmetic Sample Questions
KS1 Reasoning Paper
How can we help at home?
Maths (IXL and number worksheets)
English (Spellings and reading)
Spellings: Look, cover, write and check.
Reading: Every day, lots of talking about what is happening in the
Any questions?