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All you need to help your child with SATS
This page is an introduction to our pages on SATS (Standard Attainment Tests) and SATS revision. Officially called 'National Curriculum teacher assessments and key stage tests', we have used the terminology familiar to most schools and to parents. Below are illustrated just some examples of the many SATS papers available to our members. We also show a selection from our SATS revision papers to help improve your child's results. SATS papers from 2003 onwards, including papers for more able and less able, all the KS1 papers which are allowed to be published and more revision papers are available through our Worksheet Finder.
Key stage 1 test period May 2019
Phonics screening check week Week commencing Monday 10 June 2019
Key stage 2
The new national curriculum was assessed for the first time in May 2016. There were new tests for key stage 1, as well as key stage 2.
National curriculum tests take up to 3 years to develop. The process includes 2 rounds of expert review of each potential question as well as 2 trials with children. We may make small changes as a result of this work; however, we do not expect the main elements of the frameworks to change.
Standards and Testing Agency documentation on KS1 and KS2 SATS, and the Phonics Screening Check can be found at this link.
Key stage 1 SATS-type question papers: English
Key stage 1 SATS question papers:maths
Key stage 1 test period May 2018
Phonics screening check week Week commencing Monday 11 June 2018
Key stage 2
The key stage 2 tests are timetabled from Monday 8 May to Thursday 11 May 2017. There is no science sampling for the 2016 to 2017 academic year.
KS2 Maths SAT Buster - Number
Once again, CGP's trademark friendly style brings a set of revision guides which will provide excellent practice in the build up to SATS as well as for general reinforcement of learning. It contains SATS-style practice on every number topic - Number and Proportion, Written and Mental Calculations, and Problem Solving with Number. Each of these is further sub-divided into smaller section, giving 14 areas of study in all. Answers to all three of these books are available in a separate Answer Book KS2 Maths SAT Buster - Number, Shape, Measures and Data Answer Book.
KS2 Maths SAT Buster - Shape, Measures and Data
This book is divided into three sections with further sub-divisions so it is easy to find the chosen topic. There are generally six questions for each topic although some more complex topics have more questions. It's good to see that the publishers have considered just how much each topic requires rather than being constrained to a set number of questions regardless of the complexity of the topic. The questions and diagrams are clear and easy to follow. The questions can be tackled in one or two sessions of study, giving children just the right amount of reinforcement without them getting bored.
KS2 Maths SAT Buster - Mental Maths (with online audio tests)
There are hundreds of questions covering everything from doubling to division, angles to algebra, perimeters to percentages and much more. There are 15 different topics with two or more pages of questions. In the centre of the book are four realistic Mental Maths practice tests with free online audio files for each one. Taken together, these three guides will cover all the key areas in a succinct and enjoyable way. Using these books is an excellent way to build your child's confidence and reassure them - and you - that they are on the right track. CGP, with their touches of humour, make learning approachable and fun and always focus closely on the curriculum so parents can be confident they are giving their child the best help possible.
Question Bank - Punctuation, Grammar and Writing Tests (How English Works) by Julie Kourdi
Teachers can use these practice tests to build children's confidence and ability in preparation for the English language tests that form part of KS2 SATS - especially the SPAG test. For those not taking tests, they will consolidate skills; consolidate knowledge and how grammar and punctuation works and point out areas which need extra work. It is an ideal resource for teachers - designed to help their students gain practice and become familiar with the different types of questions in formal tests. There are 3 tests - one Level 5 and two Level 6 and these are in test format so a great way to prepare children.
Question Bank - Spelling Tests (How English Works) by Julie Kourdi
These practice tests will build children's confidence and ability in the run up to KS2 SATS. They also provide useful revision for anyone studying English as we all need to spell correctly! It's a comprehensive book - 220 pages in all, with three spelling papers, plus answers and progress checks. The tests are not in SATS format - they are more detailed and offer greater opportunity for learning and consolidation. Also included is a useful selection of word lists for self-assessment.
KS2 English: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Study Book from CGP BooksAs we have come to expect from CGP, this is an approachable colourful and easy-to-read study book. It covers everything KS2 students will need to know about Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling for the English SATS. As well as being an important part of SATS, these are also essential skills for everyday life and skills which are needed in virtually every school subject, so it is vital that children have a good grasp of the concepts. This is facilitated by the examples which demonstrate each point and the recap questions for every topic and exam-style tasks at the end of each section enable parents and teachers to check understanding. The layout and use of colour make the book both attractive and easy to use and there are lots of humorous cartoons to keep the student interested.
KS2 Maths SATs Practice Papers - Level 6 from CGP BooksOnce children have gained confidence by using the two books described above, move on to the next step with these three full sets of realistic Level 6 Practice Tests for Key Stage Two Maths. As the Level 6 tests have recently been re-introduced, there are not so many sample papers available so these are a valuable resource, being fully up-to-date for the latest tests and ideal to increase confidence before sitting the actual test. A detailed answer book is also included, with a guide to how the marks are assigned to each question.
Grammar,Punctuation and Spelling Test Levels 3-5 (Practice Papers National Tests) by Lesley FletcherThere is always controversy over whether children should be 'coached' for SATS' but we include revision papers and book reviews so parents have the choice and know what is available if they choose to support their child's learning and enhance confidence by doing practice papers. In view of the 2013 changes and the introduction of the Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling tests, these papers are very useful as there are no past papers to refer to. For that reason, these packs will be much appreciated by teachers as well as parents. The pack includes three complete tests and mark schemes, as well as clear guidance for parents, pupils an teachers about what is expected at Levels 3-5.
English Reading Test Level 6 (Practice Papers National Tests) by Paul Hollin
As the Level 6 test has only recently been reintroduced, there are not many past papers available to use, so tbs will be a welcome addition to resources. It includes three complete tests, together with the mark schemes, in the exact format as the actual tests. The passages are well chosen and the questions sufficiently challenging to give children an excellent feel for the real test, and thereby enhance their confidence. As with the other packs, this includes support and practical guidance for the tests.
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test Level 6 (Practice Papers National Tests) by Lesley Fletcher
Give your child confidence for the tests by encouraging and supporting them to work through these papers. They can be tackled as complete papers, or just a section at a time - either way, you will be helping your child's preparation. Or, if you want to do a little extra work over the summer holiday, these would be excellent preparation for moving on to secondary school. The papers are as authentic as possible and based closely on the real tests.
Maths Level 6 (Practice Papers National Tests) by Paul Hollin
If your child is assessed as being suitable to take the Level 6 papers, this pack will be an excellent resource for practice and preparation, so he knows what is expected to reach this level - mark schemes are included. Again, this is a valuable resource for teachers who will appreciate another set of papers for revision. These are based closely on the actual papers and give clear guidance as to what is expected.
A note of caution though - I have found some mistakes in these papers. On looking at other reviews, I see that others have noticed too. Scholastic are aware of the and the errors will be rectified in the next reprint.