St Matthew's C of E

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Assessment in Year 2 and Year 6

Assessment in Y2 and Y6


SATS are Standard Assessment Tests. These are completed at the end of KS1 and at the end of KS2. They are a set of tests that report how your child has performed. 


SATS tests are:

  • a snapshot of how your child performs on a particular occasion
  • only assessing certain aspects of a subject
  • marked against specific criteria
  • a ‘summing up’ of a child’s progress at the end of a key stage (KS1 Year 2 and KS2 Year 6)


Teacher Assessment


Teacher assessment occurs when teachers assess where they believe children are at academically. Writing for KS1 and KS2 is teacher assessed over a range of different pieces of writing. Teacher assessment covers the following aspects:


  • Is on going from entry in school
  • Covers all aspects of the curriculum
  • Informs our teaching and planning of future activities
  • Informs us about your child’s understanding
  • Takes different forms (talking about work, marking work, observing children carrying out activities)
  • Is matched to ‘Age Related Expectations’  set by the DfE


When are the tests in 2022?


Key Stage 1: Throughout May/June 


Key Stage 2: All KS2 SATs will be held in the WB 9th May 2022


The tests must be taken on the scheduled days.


Monday 9th May 2022

English grammar, punctuation and spelling

Paper 1: Questions

Paper 2: Spelling

Tuesday 10th May 2022

English Reading

Wednesday 11th May 2022


Paper 1: Arithmetic

Paper 2: Reasoning

Thursday 12th May 2022


Paper 3: Reasoning



Children should not go on holiday during term time and especially

during these periods, or leading up to the tests.


Children in Year 2 and will be tested in English (reading and writing) and maths) and children in Year 6 will be tested in English (reading, writing, grammar and spelling) and in maths.


PLEASE REMEMBER …All children are individual! 

What we should celebrate, as parents and as teachers, is that each individual child has made progress – not necessarily focus on the level a child has attained.

Here are some websites that your children may find useful...

  • BBC Bitesize
  • Oak Academy
  • Active Learn
  • Times Table Rockstars


All of the above websites will be of use to help with revision! 


Helping at Home


  1. Do not put undue pressure on your child.
  2. Support with homework and targets discussed at Parents’ Evening. Near to SATS time, past papers will be sent home as part of homework. Any support given with these would be great! 
  3. Read regularly and discuss a variety of texts – not just ‘listening’ to your child read.
  4. Short bursts of mental maths, times tables and problem solving etc
  5. Please! DO NOT use the previous test papers as we use them in school as assessment and practice for the children and using the same papers at home makes it difficult for us to prepare the children adequately.


We recommend:

  • Early nights
  • Lots of sleep
  • Good attendance
  • Good punctuality
  • A good breakfast
  • Lots of praise and encouragement!

KS2 SATS Tests 2020