Year 6 SATs 2021
As school life continues to be disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department for Education has announced changes to KS2 SATS, taken at the end of Year 6, in 2021.
It has been confirmed that:
- The grammar, punctuation and science (GPS) will not take place
- Teacher assessment in science will be removed
All other tests and assessments will go ahead, but the timetable will be extended by a week, until 26th May. As yet, we are unsure whether the exams will take place on set days, as in normal years, or whether schools will have the freedom for them to be taken on any day in the extended exam period. We will update this with new information as it becomes available.
To reflect the disruption to children's learning, primary school performance data, including KS2 SATs results, will not be published in 2021.
Year 2 SATs 2021
As school disruption continues due to the pandemic, the Department for Education has announced that in 2021,
there will be no SATs for pupils in KS1 (at the end of Year 2).
This means that:
- There will be no written SATs in reading, maths or grammar, spelling and punctuation (GPS).
- There will be no formal teacher assessment in science.
- Teacher assessment in reading, writing and maths will go ahead.
Primary school performance data, including SATs results, will not be published in 2021.
In the summer term of 2021, children in Year 6 will take statutory SATs papers that were first introduced in 2016. These tests in English and maths will reflect the 2014 national curriculum, and are intended to be more rigorous. There is a completely new marking scheme to replace the existing national curriculum levels.
At the end of Year 6, children will sit tests in:
- Spelling, punctuation and grammar (cancelled 2021)
These tests will be both set and marked externally, and the results will be used to measure your child's progress and the school's performance. Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.
Key Stage 2 Reading
The reading test will provisionally be a single paper with questions based on one 800-word text and two passages of 300 words. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.
There will be a selection of question types, including:
- Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’
- Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’
- Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’
- Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
- Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’
Key Stage 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test - cancelled for 2021
The grammar, punctuation and spelling test will consist of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes.
The grammar and punctuation test will include two sub-types of questions:
- Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’
- Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’
Key Stage 2 maths
Children will sit three papers in maths:
- Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes (written)
- Papers 2 and 3: mathematical fluency, solving problems and reasoning, 40 minutes per paper
Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:
- Multiple choice
- True or false
- Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart
- Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem.
When will KS2 SATs take place in 2021?
The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 10th to 26th of May 2021 (extended for a week).
How will Key Stage 2 SATs be marked?
The old system of national curriculum levels is now no longer used, after the department of education abolished it in Summer 2015. Instead, children will be given standardised scores. You will be given your child’s score, alongside the average for their school, the local area and nationally. There will also be a ‘performance descriptor’ of the expected standard for Key Stage 2 pupils. The Department for Education is aiming for 85 per cent of children to reach or exceed that standard.
What do the results mean?
Standards and Testing agency information for parent leaflet can be downloaded from here.
Are there any sample papers?
Yes - The Government produced sample papers with mark schemes in June 2015. You can have a look at them by clicking here.
Maths and English Practise - Activelearn Espresso (using 'SATs routes') and TT Rockstars is the first place to start with maths homework
Thank you to all parent who attended the SATs workshop on the 4th of March this year. The presentation can be downloaded by clicking here.
BBC Education have produced a whole host of materials for KS2. Follow the KS2 link and then select either Maths or English. Each area usually has an information section for reading, plus an activity and then quiz which is marked online. Some aspects require a subscription.
A site with both Maths and English based quizzes which are marked as you go along.
SUMS.co.uk - lots of great interactive maths activities with guidance and at harder levels
A site with a range of information and questions – great for revision purposes!
A revision site based upon the old Key Stage 2 Tests but still contains lots of useful information for both Maths and English.
A site with links to old style Key Stage 2 Maths Papers, Maths Tutorials as well as Maths Games. Some of these games are linked to Memory and would therefore help pupils to retain key information.
Reading Vipers - A reading booklet that aims to help parents support their children through the KS2 curriculum: