Get ready for 2017 KS2 SATs with 3 free practice Year 6 Maths test papers
In May 2017 your Year 6 pupils will be sitting their Key Stage 2 SATs or 2017 National Assessments. To help you to help them we've created 3 free downloadable KS2 practice Maths tests, each of which contains the same number and type of questions for Year 6 as they will get during the government test.
Whatever your views on standardised testing and attainment, the SATs will be here before you know it. The last thing we should be doing is adding extra stress to the lives of our dedicated teachers or more pressure on Year 6 pupils preparing for SATs, so these sample SATs practice Maths papers 2017 have been designed for you to use as best fits your pupils and your timetable.
The tests have been created by curriculum experts to look and feel like the real thing, and by releasing them early, you have the choice to prepare as early as you like, reducing SATs pressure in Year 6 for teachers, pupils and parents. The aim is to ensure children feel confident and prepared as ever to tackle their KS2 national curriculum test.
Created by KS2 Maths experts
Our set of exemplar KS2 SATs sample papers, including 1 Arithmetic and 2 Reasoning papers, follow the new curriculum 2016 National Assessments at Key Stage 2 and include a mark scheme to find out where your pupils need extra support. Also included are the relevant elements from the NC programme of study which can be matched through the content domain reference codes - these can be found here. The codes show coverage of topic areas across the papers and gives teachers the ability to pinpoint what each pupil can and can’t do, leading to tailored teaching and better outcomes.
For both SATs reasoning practice papers, each question has been categorised according to level of difficulty (Working towards expected standard; Working at expected standard; Working at greater depth within expected standard) and guidance has been given on mark thresholds providing a more accurate assessment of your pupils. The SATs arithmetic practice paper is also progressive and allows teachers to diagnose precursor knowledge (questions towards the front of the paper); if misconceptions exists here, these will have an impact on later concepts.
Adapt lessons according to Year 6 pupils’ needs
The sample KS2 SATs papers are perfect to use when assessing for gaps as well as to check progress or retention. They can be used at the beginning of the year as a baseline and provide a formative assessment to check areas of need so to inform future planning. They could also be used at any time of the year to check progress, retention or to consolidate learning. The variety of questions in the Reasoning papers also allows teachers to assess the types of questions pupils may be struggling at and so adapt lessons accordingly.
Be prepared for SATs
If the objective is to obtain a picture of how your students may perform in the SATs tests, then the test should be administered in accordance to the SATs papers, allowing 30 minutes for the Arithmetic paper and 40 minutes for each Reasoning paper 2 and 3. However, if you are using the tests for gap analysis, then the time limit could be altered to ensure that all pupils complete the papers.
Take away the stress of national assessments
You know your pupils best - from their favourite lunchtime treat right down to their existing learning gaps. If you think 1-to-1 Maths lessons could take the stress out of SATs for you and your pupils, or that your pupils should benefit from specialist maths tutoring in the earlier stages of the year in order to secure learning ahead of SATS, learn more about our tailored Year 6 Maths SATs foundation programme which supports individual pupils each week by accelerating progress ahead of the national tests. You stay in control by selecting an individual lesson for each pupil from 90 lessons covering KS2 Maths curriculum for SATs, tailored to the pupil’s ability level.
"In Autumn 2015, we had 49% of children on track to achieve ARE (Age related expectations). As a direct result of quality first teaching using products from Third Space and specific intervention on a 1:1 basis for a sustained period of time, tailor made to meet the needs of individual pupils up to the May 2016 SATs, resulted in an outstanding shift in results. Without a doubt our 100% ARE in Year 6 was based upon the materials and skills invested by Third Space and their tutors. Many thanks Third Space" Yvonne Whaley, Deputy Headteacher, Toll Bar Primary, Doncaster.
Let us know how you get on with the practice papers - and if you need support preparing pupils for SATs.