KS1 SATs Papers

KS1 SATs papers are taken by pupils at the end of Year 2 (6-7 years old). Formal KS1 SATs papers stopped in 2004 and were replaced with individual tests and tasks that are assessed by children's teachers.

KS1 SATs have been fully revised and updated for May 2016 in line with the new national curriculum. The STA have released a full set of sample 2016 KS1 SATs Papers in English Reading, Maths and SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) to give parents and teachers an idea of what to expect.

    Children in Year 2 in the 2015-2016 academic year will be the first to take the new-style KS1 SATs tests in May. Children can expect to receive assessments in English Reading, Maths and SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar). As with previous years, these new 2016 KS1 SATs tests are planned to be taken in a relaxed and familiar classroom environment and won't be externally marked.

    KS1 SATs Papers - New Curriculum

    Below you will find the sample 2016 KS1 SATs papers that have been provided by the STA. They are available to download completely free of charge.

    KS1 English Reading SATs Papers
    * NEW 2016 Format *

    YearReading Paper 1 (Booklet & Questions)Reading Paper 2 (Reading Booklet)Reading Paper 2 (Answer Booklet)Marking Scheme

    The new-style 2016 KS1 English Reading test includes two separate papers which need to be administered in order. A break between the two papers is optional.

    Paper 1 includes both the reading texts and the reading questions in a single booklet and lasts for roughly 30 minutes. Paper 2 meanwhile has a separate Reading Booklet and Reading Answer Booklet and should last roughly 40 minutes.

    Each paper is worth 50% of the total marks. The tests have been designed with the possibility to include a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts, and to be more challenging as children progress through them. It states within the instructions that teachers will have the option to stop a child's test at any point if they feel it is appropriate. It has been decided that timing will not to be strictly enforced as the objective of the tests is not to challenge pupil's timings but their knowledge, ability and understanding.

    As with the new-style KS2 SATs papers, there will be a variety of question types including:

    • Matching, labelling and ordering questions. E.g. "Number the order that the following events took place in the story."
    • Multiple choice.
    • Short "fact retrieval" style questions.
    • Longer, more open-ended questions that ask for descriptions or explanations and probe children's understanding of any inference.

    KS1 Maths SATs Papers
    * NEW 2016 Format *

    YearPaper 1Paper 2Marking Scheme

    The new 2016 KS1 Maths SATs assessment consists of two separate papers.

    Paper 1 is called the "Arithmetic" paper, it's worth 25 marks and it's timed at roughly 20 minutes. Within it are a series of simple mental arithmetic questions. Paper 2 is called the "Reasoning" paper, it's worth 35 marks and it's timed at roughly 35 minutes. Here children are tested on their interpretation and application of Maths to more problem based questions using a variety of question types including multiple choice and matching. Children are not allowed to use calculators in either of the tests.

    Topics tested include:

    • General number skills including counting, odd and even numbers, addition and subtraction, fractions etc.
    • Times tables.
    • Units of measurement including length, temperature, weight and fluid.
    • Patterns of shapes and numbers.
    • Money.
    • Charts.
    • Time.

    KS1 SPaG SATs Papers
    * NEW 2016 Format *

    YearSpelling Test (SPaG)Short Answer Questions (SPaG)Spelling Test (SPaG, Teacher's Version)Marking Scheme

    The 2016 KS1 SPaG SATs assessment is modelled on past and future KS2 SATs SPaG papers with two distinct parts: A spelling test followed by a separate grammar and punctuation test.

    Part 1, the spelling test, is worth 10 marks and is a 15 minute assessment that's read aloud by their teacher. Whilst carefully listening to their teacher, pupils fill in blanks on an answer sheet by correctly spelling the missing 20 words. Part 2, the grammar and punctuation test is worth 20 marks and lasts roughly 20 minutes. This KS1 SPaG SATs test contains a number of questions to probe a Year 2 child's skills including:

    • "Pick the missing word" style questions.
    • Use of (or interpretation of) different tenses.
    • Using punctuation symbols like full stops, question marks and commas.
    • When to use capital letters.
    • What a verb, noun, adverb and adjective are.

    KS1 SATs Papers - Old Curriculum

    Under the previous curriculum, children's teacher assessments covered English, Maths and Science. These assessments attempted to score how your child performed in their KS1 tasks and tests: reading, writing (including handwriting and spelling) and maths. The tasks and tests were taken at any time the school chose and they usually lasted for less than three hours in total. The results were not normally reported but were used to help the teacher assess your child's work. The teacher assessment was likely to be moderated by a school's local authority. This is to make sure teachers make consistent assessments of children's work.

    Whilst no-longer fully relevant to today's "new" curriculum, the 2003 and 2004 KS1 SATs Papers still make useful practice for children in Year 2 that are preparing for their KS1 SATs.

    KS1 Maths SATs Papers
    2001 - 2004

    YearTest ATest BMarking SchemeLevel Thresholds
    KS1 SATs Paper - 2004 Maths Test A
    KS1 SATs Paper - 2004 Maths Test B
    KS1 SATs Paper - 2004 Maths Marking Scheme
    KS1 SATs Paper - 2004 Maths Level Thresholds
    KS1 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Test A
    KS1 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Test B
    KS1 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Marking Scheme
    KS1 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Level Thresholds
    KS1 SATs Paper - 2002 Maths Test A
    KS1 SATs Paper - 2002 Maths Marking Scheme
    KS1 SATs Paper - 2001 Maths Test A
    KS1 SATs Paper - 2001 Maths Marking Scheme

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