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Towards the end of Key Stage 1, Year 2 children take the KS1 SATs. (Statutory Assessment Tests). The children are assessed between the beginning of January and 4 weeks before the end of the summer term. Tasks and Tests may be administered at any time during the assessment period. Reported results will reflect children’s everyday achievements and not just results obtained in a ‘one-off’ test.



The Key Stage 1 SATs cover both Maths and English. If you’re worried about  your child sitting formal examinations, don’t be –  at Platinum Tuition will help your child to  be confident in passing the exams easily.



Year 2 English SATs will comprise of a four tests - Grammar & Punctuation, Spelling and two Reading papers.



The learning objectives for the purpose of Year 2 English SATs are explained below:



  1. Reading: the objective is to read accurately



To read, students will be using a number of techniques they’ve been taught in Reception and KS1, including:



  • Blending sounds in words
  • Breaking words into syllables
  • Reading common high frequency words without sounding out
  • Reading unfamiliar words



    2. Reading Comprehension: the objective is to demonstrate a clear understanding of the text



For reading comprehension your child will be expected to:



  • Notice when their reading does not make sense and self correct
  • Respond to and ask questions about the text
  • Understand what characters might be like and predict what they might do next, basing their ideas on what they’ve read
  • Give a personal response to the text, discussing their understanding and commenting on how the text makes them think or feel



      3. Writing composition: the objective is to write for different audiences and purposes



To help them write confidently in KS1, children must learn to:



  • Plan their ideas before writing
  • Make simple additions and revisions to improve their writing
  • Proofread their writing to check it makes sense and to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation



     4. Grammar: the objective is to use punctuation, verb tenses and coordinated phrases correctly. Children will be given a separate test in spelling, punctuation and grammar.



By the end of KS1 children will be expected to write accurately. The assessment will be looking for:



  • Correct use of punctuation, including full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks, question marks, commas for lists and apostrophes for the contracted forms of words
  • The use of expanded noun phrases to describe and specify
  • The use of coordinated words or phrases, linked by conjunctions (also known as connectives)
  • An understanding of the present and the past tense (and the fact that they need to be used consistently) and the continuous form of verbs in the present and past tense to mark actions in progress (I am eating / I was eating)



    5. Spelling: the objective is for basic spelling to be accurate.

The assessment will be looking for:

  • Phonetically plausible attempts to spell unfamiliar words 
  • Spelling common high frequency words correctly
  • Correct spelling of words with contracted forms 
  • The ability to distinguish between homophones




    6. Handwriting: the objective is legible writing.



To get more advise and help on preparing your child for Year 2 English SATs contact us or visit our Tuition Centre.


Useful links

Reading Comprehension Explained for Parents

KS1 SATs Writing Assessment