Reading Comprehension

The reading test for Year 2 pupils is made up of two separate papers:

Paper 1 consists of a selection of texts totaling 400 to 700 words, with questions interspersed

Paper 2 comprises a reading booklet of a selection of passages totaling 800 to 1100 words. Children will write their answers in a separate booklet

Each paper is worth 50 per cent of the marks, and should take around 30 minutes, but children are not strictly timed, as the tests are not intended to assess children’s ability to work at speed. The texts in the reading papers cover a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and get progressively more difficult towards the end of the test. Teachers have the option to stop the test at any point that they feel is appropriate for a particular child.

There are a variety of question types:

Multiple choice

Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show in which order they happened in the story’

Matching, e.g. ‘Match the character to the job that they do in the story’

Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title’

Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that shows what the weather was like in the story’

Short answer, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’

Open-ended answer, e.g. ‘Why did Lucy write the letter to her grandmother? Give two reasons’


The Key Stage 1 maths test is made up of two papers:

Paper 1: arithmetic, worth 25 marks and taking around 15 minutes.

Paper 2: mathematical fluency, problem-solving and reasoning, worth 35 marks and taking 35 minutes, with a break if necessary. There are a variety of question types: multiple choice, matching, true/false, constrained (e.g. completing a chart or table; drawing a shape) and less constrained (e.g. where children have to show or explain their method).

Children are not allowed to use any tools such as calculators or number lines

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

In 2022 the KS1 SPAG test remains optional, so schools can choose whether to administer it to their pupils.  At Wolviston Primary School, we will be administering the test, but this will not contribute to any ks1 school data results.  We  will however let you know how your child did on the test.

When will the KS1 SATs take place?

KS1 SATs are administered in May. Unlike KS2 SATs, KS1 SATs don’t have to be administered according to a nationally-set timetable in a specific week. Schools are free to manage the timetable and will aim to administer the tests in a low-stress, low-key way; some children won’t even be aware they’ve taken them!

How will the tests be marked?

Although the tests are set externally, they are marked by staff in school.

Their raw score – the actual number of marks they get – is translated into a scaled score, where a score of 100 means the child is working at the expected standard. A score below 100 indicates that the child needs more support, whereas a score of above 100 suggests the child is working at a higher level than expected for their age. The maximum score possible is 115, and the minimum is 85

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