Key Stage 1 SATs (Year 2)

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From 2016, children in Year 2 have taken SATS exams, but these exams are used to support

teacher assessments about each child. 

It is these teacher assessments that are used as the final outcome and not the formal tests. Children are assessed in reading, writing, mathematics and science, but there is no test for science and the only 2 outcomes available to teachers for science; working as expected or working toward expected. 

The tests for grammar, punctuation and spelling (SPaG) are optional. These tests are due to be scrapped in 2023.

The assessments are much broader in their outcomes. So instead of being allocated a number, a teacher will judge a child according to one of the following five criteria:

  • Working at Greater Depth within the Expected Standard (above expected)
  • Working at the Expected Standard (where they should be)
  • Working towards the Expected Standard (almost there)
  • Foundations for the Expected Standard (has basic understanding)
  • Below the Standard of the pre-Key Stage (below expected)

Teachers are given ‘level descriptors’ to help them with their assessment of each child.


Exam Format:

Component Description Number of Papers No. of marks Timing of each component
Paper 1:



assess pupils’ confidence and mathematical fluency with whole numbers, place value and counting

1 25 20 minutes
Paper 2 and Paper 3:

Mathematical reasoning

mathematical fluency, solving mathematical problems and mathematical reasoning 1 35  35 minutes
Total 2 60 55 minutes
Component Description Number of Papers No of marks Timing of each component
Paper 1:

English reading test

A reading booklet with answer booklet combined

( 400 – 700 words within the selection of texts)

1 20  30 minutes
Paper 2: 

English reading test

reading booklet and separate answer booklet

( 800 – 1100 words within the selection of texts)

1 20 40 minutes(not strictly timed)
Total 2 40 70 minutes

Click here to view the new sats grading system

How you can help your child at home:

There are several things that you can do to help your child at home. At this age, it is really important that you spend time with your child, reading. Get them to ‘decode’ unfamiliar words using phonetic sounds and blends. There are plenty of general tips on our main SATS page, but here are some specific to KS1:

  • Predict- ask your child to predict what happens next in the text she reading 
  • Sequencing- ask tour child to sequence numbers in number patterns (this is especially useful for learning times tables)
  • Play games- boggle and scrabble are especially good for spelling and language development. For maths, fizz and buzz is especially good for times tables and mental arithmetic games (especially when there is a prize attached to it) s also very useful

How can we at Redbridge Tuition help?

The teaching methods used by your child’s school in maths and English may be very different from how you, the parent, were taught. For example, in years 1 and 2, children are now required to proof-read their work and make changes and corrections. By the end of year 2, all children will need to know the following terminology:

  • noun and noun phrase 
  • a statement, question, exclamation and command
  • compound and suffix
  • verb, adverb and adjective
  • past and present tense
  • apostrophe and comma

At Redbridge Tuition, we can bridge the gap between school and home learning.

We can help to ensure that your child is prepared for their SATS exams. The small group means that they get the individual attention they need but are also able to discuss things in pairs. As speaking and listening is part of the National Curriculum, this is an excellent way to make sure that each child gets the best of both worlds.

Contact us for further information on our SATS courses.

We will help to make sure that children have strong subject knowledge and exam practice.

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