KS1 and KS2 Tests

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In the summer term of 2016, children in Year 2 and Year 6 were the first to take the new SATs papers. These tests in English and maths reflect the new national curriculum, and are intended to be more rigorous. There is also a completely new assessment system that replaced previous national curriculum levels. Children are now assessed against national age expectations.

At the end of Year 6, children sit tests in:

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

These tests are both set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.


At the end of Year 2, children will take SATs in:

  • Reading
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • Maths


In addition, Year 1 children all take part in a phonics screening test.


Below is information about when these test will take place in 2017/2018.

Phonics Screening Check
Week Commencing 11th June 2018

Key Stage One
Key Stage One testing period is in May 2018 (the testing can take place anytime during this period).

Key stage Two
The Key Stage Two tests are timetabled from Monday 14th May to Thursday 17th May 2018.

Monday 14th May 2018
English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2

Tuesday 15th May 2018
English reading

Wednesday 16th May 2018
Mathematics papers 1 and 2

Thursday 17th May 2018
Mathematics paper 3

Science sampling tests

Schools selected for science sampling will need to be available to administer the tests within the 2 week period from Monday 4 June 2018. This is selected nationally.