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Year 2 SATS

Towards the end of Key Stage 1, year 2 children will take their SATs (Statutory Assessment Tests). In our class we call them 'special booklets'. The SATS tests will happen in May and June. They will consist of a reading comprehension, grammar and spelling test for English and an arithmetic and problem solving task in maths. The tests are designed to support and confirm the on- going teacher assessment which happens throughout the year to track your child’s progress and attainment. At end of the year your child will be assessed as either emerging year 2, secure year 2 or mastery year 2.

 Does my child have to do the SATs? It is an expectation that all children will do the SATs tests in year 2. You cannot withdraw your child because you don’t agree with testing or because you feel it might upset them.

What is tested and how can you help?

English Spelling- Your child will be taught the statutory spelling rules for year 2. These rules will then be tested. There will be 20 spellings which your child will need to complete in the test. To help your child with this at home it is important that you practice their spellings homework with them because these will be in line with the spelling rules that may come up on the test.


Grammar punctuation and vocabulary test

In this part of the test your child will be tested on their knowledge of nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks, question marks , commands, statements, exclamations and questions. They will also be tested on their ability to write a sentence and their handwriting.

At home you could get your child to practise different sentences using the terms above. They could practise writing questions etc.

Reading comprehension test

 The children will have a booklet containing a story and an information piece of writing. The children will then have questions to answer about the text that they have just read. The questions can either be tick box questions, one word answers or questions that require a longer sentence to answer the question. You can help your child at home by reading with them regularly and asking them questions from the reading comprehension booklet which was sent home earlier this year. There will also be occasions when your child will be sent reading comprehension as homework via SeeSaw.

Maths test

 The maths test will ask questions covering all aspects of the year 2 curriculum. These include number, shape, measuring, simple fractions, data handling and problem solving. Your child will not be able to use any equipment to help them in the arithmetic test.

The children can ask the teacher to read the question to them.

The SATs math test will consist of 2 question booklets.

The arithmetic paper will focus on the 2, 5 , 10 and 3 times table, adding 2 digit numbers, fractions, division facts. Therefore it is very important that your child learns their times tables and can recall multiplication facts in any order, quickly. The problem solving paper will give the children questions which they will need to think about in order to get the answer. They will need to read the question carefully to work out what they need to do.

Most of all...

Don’t worry about the SATs test the children are used to doing tests in this formalised manner so it won’t be a shock to them when they are completing the real test.


 · Continue to help your child with all homework that gets sent home.

· Continue to read with your child regularly and ask them questions about the book they are reading.

· Continue to make sure your child is ready to learn and not tired.

· Continue you ask your child about what they are doing in school.

· In school we make it clear that the test is nothing to worry about and that we just want to see how fantastic they are doing.

 If you require any more help or information please arrange a time for a meeting with me at the end of the day or get in touch via SeeSaw.

Thank you for your support during this term it is greatly appreciated, 

Miss Whitby