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What is the SATs Key Stage 2?
Primary school teachers regularly give out practice SAT tests. Children take them home and already stressed out parents have to set aside time in their busy diaries to manage their completion. There is an easier way, which is why I formed Passed Papers, which grants every parent easy access to the right practice papers and test-taking tips. That means improved scores – as well as reduced anxiety for both parents and child alike.
National Curriculum and SATs Key Stages
What are the key stages that make up the national curriculum in England and Wales? The national curriculum in England and Wales is made up of different year groups that make up five key stages. Within these key stages, students will take standardised exams based on the school year and level they are at.
The exams are specifically designed for each key stage to measure how a student is performing and learning in particular areas of study that have been set out in the national curriculum. Teachers will be aware of the objectives for the national curriculum and will teach topics in their classes that will help children to pass each key stage.
What are the key stages and their age groups?
Not sure what Key Stage is Year 4? What year is Key Stage 2? These are the types of question that this page will address. The key stages that make up the national curriculum in England and Wales are as follows. Included are the different age groups that children are usually in these key stages for, depending on their birthday within the academic year:
- Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)– ages 3-5 (Nursery and Reception)
- Key Stage 1– ages 5-7 (Years 1-2)
- KS 2– ages 7-11 (Years 3-6)
- Key Stage 3– ages 11-14 (Years 7-9)
- KS 4– ages 14-16 (Years 10-11)
When is SATs week 2023?
- KS1 and KS2 SATs practice papers tests take place in May 2023.
- See our KS2 SAT practice papers.
- Here you can find our KS1 SAT practice papers.
Key dates for 2023 SATs KS2 exams
|May 2023||English spelling, punctuation and grammar – Paper 1 and Paper 2|
|Maths SATS Paper 1 (Arithmetic) and Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)|
|Paper 3 Maths (Reasoning)|
Why not revise here for your SATs 2023?
Mock 2023 SATs week
- When your child comes to sit their actual 2022 SATs papers they will have practised this process multiple times.
- Most schools will run more than one mock SATs week. Often at the end of Year 5 and early on in the Spring term.
- Your child will know which classroom they will be sitting in and the time they will have to complete each test.
SATs KS2 Maths and English
- KS2 Maths and English are normally included in the end of year school report.
- The results for KS1 are not published but you can ask the school at the end of the summer term if you’d like to find out about them.
- KS1 SATS are teacher assessed while KS2 exams are marked externally.
- The National Curriculum tests (SATs) are designed to assess if your child is working below, at or above the national average level for children of their age.
- The SATs results provide you and the school with useful information about how your child is doing.
SATs KS1 for Year 2
There’s 6 SATs KS1 papers:
- 2 English reading papers;
- Two English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers; and
- 2 maths papers
In contrast to the KS2 SATs (year 6);
- A scaled score of 100 or more means a child is working at the expected standard. While a score below 100 indicates that a child hasn’t reached the government expected standard. The maximum possible score is 115, and the minimum is 85.
- For KS1 SATs, you may not receive your child’s actual SATs scores, unless you ask for them.
- However, you will be told whether they are working at the expected standard as part of the end of year report.
What is EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)
This stage sets standards for learning and gets children used to school before ‘proper’ lessons start in year 1. Children are mostly taught through games and play. The EYFS stage includes the reception year at primary school, and children in this key stage are ages up to 5 years old.
2022 SATs Summary
Here is a useful table that shows the different key stages, the different year groups and the ages children are in each of them:
|Key Stage||Year Group||Age (Years)|
|EYFS||–||0 – 4|
|Reception||4 – 5|
|Key Stage 1||1||5 – 6|
|2||6 – 7|
|Stage 2||3||7 – 8|
|4||8 – 9|
|5||9 – 10|
|6||10 – 11|
|Key Stage 3||7||11 – 12|
|8||12 – 13|
|9||13 – 14|
|Stage 4||10||14 – 15|
|11||15 – 16|
How are the 2022 SATs Key Stage 2 exams structured?
Now you know what Key Stages are, you might be wondering about how each Key Stage is structured and how this can help to shape lesson and revision plans.
The short answer is National Curriculum Aims.
Each Key Stage on the National Curriculum is broken up into different National Curriculum Aims, also known as National Curriculum expectations.
Each National Curriculum aim details a particular skill, ability or level of knowledge that children should aim to achieve for a particular subject at each Key Stage. Within each key stage and subject there are many National Curriculum Aims to work towards.
For example, according to that National Curriculum Aims for Key Stage 2 English, students should be taughtto:
- “Increase their familiarity with a wide range of books, including fairy stories, myths and legends, and retelling some of these orally”.
- “Draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justify inferences with evidence”
- “Choose nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition”.
Other schools, however, use a combination of the Year 6 SATs scaled score, Year 7 CAT (Cognitive Ability Test) or their own entrance tests at the beginning of the academic year.
SATs Key Stage 2 Practice
What do the SATs measure?
As a result, the SAT’s test school pupils in the three core subjects. Plus:
- Your pupils’ school success in teaching these core subjects (English, Maths and Science); and
- Your child’s progress.
Therefore, the SATs are now carried out at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 6). In 2010 Key Stage 3 SATs were scrapped and have been replaced by formal teacher assessment in each of the National Curriculum subjects.
Similarly, it was confirmed on 14 September 2017, that Key Stage 1 SATs will be made non-statutory (schools will be able to choose whether they want to take it) in 2023. Until then all Year 2 pupils will be subject to these assessments.
Most noteworthy is that the content of these assessments is prescribed by the National Curriculum.
Key Stage 1:
SATs Key Stage 1 comprises of Year 1 and Year 2 and pupils’ ages range from 5-7.
This Key Stage normally covers pupils in infant school, but they can also form part of a first or primary school. There is a phonics screening done at the end of Year 1, but the main assessment is done at the end of Year 2.
There are two elements to statutory assessments at the end of Year 2, a combination of tests and teacher assessment judgements.
SATs are completed for Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Science.
For each subject, teachers use the available evidence to reach individual judgements, based on the national assessment framework.
The judgements available for Reading, Writing and Mathematics are:
- Working at Greater Depth within the Expected Standard
- At the Expected Standard
- Towards the Expected Standard
- Foundations for the Expected Standard
- Below the Standard of the pre-Key Stage
The only judgement available in Science is ‘Working at the Expected Standard’ or an indication the child has not met the expected standard for his/her age.
Key Stage 1 Test Papers
The tests in Keystage 1 consists of the following:
There are two reading papers. Each paper has a selection of texts and children have to fill in answer booklets. One paper takes about 30 minutes and the other takes about 40 minutes.
There are two Maths papers. Paper 1 is on arithmetic; it takes about 20 minutes. Paper 2 has five aural questions and then some problem-solving questions; it takes about 35 minutes in total.
There is also an optional spelling, punctuation and grammar test that consists of 20 spellings and a 20-minute paper.
Teachers can use their discretion to decide if pupils need a rest break during any of the tests or, if appropriate, to stop a test early.
Keystage 1 SATs Guide and Papers
Our SATs Key stage 2 grading
The grading system for Key stage 2 SATs is based on Key Stage 2 scaled scores. All Key Stage 2 SATs are marked externally. The raw scores are then converted to scaled scores. A scaled score of 100 shows a pupil has achieved the expected standard of the paper. A pupil with a scaled score of 99 would not have met the expected standard of the test.
The list of full KS 2 outcome codes are as follow:
- AS: expected standard achieved
- NS: expected standard not achieved
- A: absent from one or more of the test papers
- B: working below the level assessed by KS2 SATs
- M: missed the test
- T: working at the level of the tests but unable to access them (all or part of a test is not suitable for a pupil with particular special educational needs)
SATs Key Stage 2 Practice
- 80 – lowest possible scaled score
- 120 – highest possible scaled score
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