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Key Stage One SATs

The KS1 SATs take place in May, usually the week after the KS2 SATs. The children will sit a total of 6 papers spread across the week. This means that the children will sit 2 papers a day. 


Below is information about each paper with an example from the 2023 SATs. All of the documents below have come from the government website linked below.

For the spelling test, I will read the word then read the word in the sentence and then repeat the word again. The words are a combination of spelling rules and common exception words that the children should know by the end of year 2. 


The grammar and punctuation test has a variety of questions that test all the skills children have been taught in key stage 1. 

Reading paper 1 has a variety of questions on shorter pieces of texts. Reading paper 2 has similar style questions but with longer texts of information for the children to comprehend. The children will not do these tests on the same day. 

Paper 1 is a test of arithmetic skills. These are skills taught across key stage 1. Paper 2 is a reasoning test, adults can read the question to children as a form of support but cannot help a child interpret the question. With this style of question, the children need to identify the number sentence and use an appropriate method to solve the problem. 

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