Practice with THE BEST 2023 SATs practice Key Stage 1 past papers

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What’s different about 2023 KS1 SATs?

  • This happens for children in year 2 happen in a very low-key way throughout the month during normal lesson time. There is no fixed testing period. Some children won’t even be aware that they’ve taken them. This is the last year that they will be compulsory in all schools. In 2023 these exams will become optional.
  • SATs week for children in year 6 is from Monday 9th May 2022 until Thursday 12th May.
  • Children throughout England will sit their exams, set by the Department of Education, at the same time. For many, this is the first time that they will have sat a formal exam. This can feel daunting and as a parent, may bring back memories of exam nerves when we were at school.
  • Your school will have given your child ample SATs preparation so that they are familiar with the process.
  • Plus access to SATs resources such as past KS2 SATS papers and the style of questions. Nothing should be a surprise.

Typically, Key Stage 1 SATs take place in May of year 2. Unlike the KS2 SATs, these tests are not strictly timed as the ability to work at speed is not assessed. Teachers will have the option to stop the test at any point that they feel is appropriate for a particular child.

National Curriculum and SATs Key Stages

What are the key stages that make up the national curriculum in England and Wales?  The national curriculum in England and Wales is made up of different year groups that make up five key stages. Within these key stages, students will take standardised exams based on the school year and level they are at.

The exams are specifically designed for each key stage to measure how a student is performing and learning in particular areas of study that have been set out in the national curriculum. Teachers will be aware of the objectives for the national curriculum and will teach topics in their classes that will help children to pass each key stage.

Practice SATs Key Stage 1 Past Papers

First of all, Key Stage 1 SATs, taken at the end of Year 2 help alert teachers and the school to specific areas where support may be needed. The results are also scrutinised by Ofsted when they inspect schools to determine the consistency in performance and provide evidence of standards improving or declining.


Other Key Stage Practice Papers

There are two connecting pages containing SAT Practice Papers for KS2 past papers:

Firstly Key Stage 2 past papersEnglish KS2 Past Papers and KS2 Science Past Papers

Secondly SATs 2022 Key Stage 3 practice papers.


What does SATs Key Stage 1 measure?

Keystage 1 SATS. Children at table working

As a result, the SAT’s test school pupils in the three core subjects. Plus:

  • Your pupils’ school success in teaching these core subjects (English, Maths and Science); and
  • Your child’s progress.

Therefore, the SATs are now carried out at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 6). In 2010 Key Stage 3 SATs were scrapped and have been replaced by formal teacher assessment in each of the National Curriculum subjects.

Similarly, it was confirmed on 14 September 2017, that Key Stage 1 SATs will be made non-statutory (schools will be able to choose whether they want to take it) in 2023. Until then all Year 2 pupils will be subject to these assessments.

Most noteworthy is that the content of these assessments is prescribed by the National Curriculum.


SATs Keystage 1 Practice Exams

SATs Key Stage 1 comprises of Year 1 and Year 2 and pupils’ ages range from 5-7.

This Key Stage normally covers pupils in infant school, but they can also form part of a first or primary school. There is a phonics screening done at the end of Year 1, but the main assessment is done at the end of Year 2.

There are two elements to statutory assessments at the end of Year 2, a combination of tests and teacher assessment judgements.

SATs are completed in Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Science.

For each subject, teachers use the available evidence to reach individual judgements, based on the national assessment framework.

The judgements available for Reading, Writing and Mathematics are:

  • Working at Greater Depth within the Expected Standard
  • At the Expected Standard
  • Towards the Expected Standard
  • Foundations for the Expected Standard
  • Below the Standard of the pre-Key Stage

The only judgement available in Science is ‘Working at the Expected Standard’ or an indication the child has not met the expected standard for his/her age.

Furthermore, for pupils with Special Educational Needs, a separate judgement may be made, on a separate grading system.

Keystage 1 SATS. Boy reading book in amazement

Key Stage 1 SATs

The tests in Keystage 1 consists of the following:

There are two reading papers. Each paper has a selection of texts and children have to fill in answer booklets. One paper takes about 30 minutes and the other takes about 40 minutes.

There are two Maths papers. Paper 1 is on arithmetic; it takes about 20 minutes. Paper 2 has five aural questions and then some problem-solving questions; it takes about 35 minutes in total.

Subsequently, there is also an optional spelling, punctuation and grammar test that consists of 20 spellings and a 20-minute paper.

None of the papers is strictly timed. Therefore, teachers can use their discretion to decide if pupils need a rest break during any of the tests or, if appropriate, to stop a test early.


Keystage 1 English Past Papers

KS1 National Curriculum Test English Spelling (2018)

KS1National Curriculum Test English Spelling Paper 1 Administration (2018)

KS1 National Curriculum Test English Paper 2 Questions (2018)

KS1National Curriculum Test Administration English Paper 2 Questions (2018)

KS1 National Curriculum Test English Paper 1&2 Mark Schemes (2018)


KS1 National Curriculum Test English Paper1 Spelling (2017)

KS1National Curriculum Test English Paper1 Administration (2017)

KS1 National Curriculum Test English Paper2 Questions (2017)

KS1National Curriculum Test English Paper 2 Administration (2017)

KS1 National Curriculum Test English Paper 1&2 Mark Schemes (2017)

KS1 National Curriculum Test Maths Paper 1 Arithmetic (2018)

KS1National Curriculum Test Maths Paper 1 Administration (2018)

KS1 National Curriculum Test Maths Paper 2 Reasoning (2018)

KS1National Curriculum Test Administration Maths Paper 2 Reasoning (2018)

KS1 National Curriculum Test Maths Paper 1&2 Mark Mark Schemes (2018)

KS1National Curriculum Test Maths Paper 1 Arithmetic (2017)

KS1 National Curriculum Test Maths Paper 1 Administration (2017)

KS1National Curriculum Test Maths Paper 2 Reasoning (2017)

KS1 National Curriculum Test Maths Paper 2 Administration (2017)

KS1National Curriculum Test Maths Paper 1&2 Mark Schemes (2017)



What is SATs Key Stage 1?

This covers a child’s time in year 1 and year 2. Formerly known as ‘Infants’.

At the end of Key Stage 1, all students take Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. They are tested on their phonics at the end of year 1 – their ability with letters and sounds.

In year 2 children will take KS1 SATs exams that test children on their English, Maths and Science. Although in 2017 the Government announced that KS1 SATs exams will be made non-statutory, so schools will be able to opt-in or out, however, this won’t come into the effect until 2023.

In addition to these topics, in Key Stage 1 children will be introduced to a wide variety of non-assessed subjects such as arts & crafts, geography, history, and religious education. The introduction of all these subjects makes Key Stage 1 very exciting and a great time to encourage curiosity.

What are the Year 1 and Year 2 age groups?

In key stage one, children are usually aged between 5 and 7 years old. The Year 1 age group is 5-6 years old, and the Year 2 age group is 6-7 years old.

SATs KS2 for Year 6

There’s 6 papers:

  • 1 English reading paper;
  • 2 English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers; and
  • 3 maths papers.

The KS2 SATs take place under exam conditions during specific days in May:

  • All children across the country sit the tests at the same time.
  • After external marking, schools usually receive the results sometime in July.
  • Similarly to the KS1 tests raw scores (actual marks achieved) are translated into a scaled score.
  • A scaled score of 100 or more, means that the child is working at the expected standard (denoted as ‘AS’).
  • While a score below 100, means the child hasn’t reached the government expected standard (denoted as ‘NS’).
  • The maximum scaled score possible is 120, and the minimum is 80.
  • Many schools will send printed results home with the end of year report.
  • The results will indicate whether your child has achieved the national standard and this will likely be given using the scaled scores or codes.
  • However, you are unlikely to be told your child’s raw score.


KS1’s Reading’s 2 papers 

These cover fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts:

  1. Paper 1 is a selection of texts totalling between 400 – 700 words, with questions interspersed
  2. Paper 2 includes a reading booklet of a selection of passages totalling 800 – 1100 words. Children are required to write their answers in a separate booklet.

Each paper is worth 50% of the marks and takes approximately 30 minutes.


Key Stage 1’s Spelling, punctuation and grammar’s 3 papers

  1. Paper 1 is a grammar and punctuation written task. Children will be provided with a prompt and stimulus for a short piece of writing with a clear text type, audience and purpose. The paper lasts approximately 20 minutes and is worth 15 marks. It’s worth noting that handwriting will be worth four per cent of the total marks.
  2. Paper 2 contains a grammar, punctuation and vocabulary test.  This will involve a mixture of question types including multiple choice and some which require short written answers. This paper is split in two sections, each of which lasts approximately 10 minutes (with a break between, if necessary) and is worth a total of 20 marks.
  3. Paper 3 is a 20-word spelling test taking approximately 15 minutes and worth 10 marks.

Key Stage 1 Maths’ 2 papers

  1. Paper 1 tests your child’s arithmetic.  It’s worth 15 marks and takes approximately 15 minutes.
  2. Paper 2 assesses your child’s mathematical fluency, problem-solving and reasoning through a variety of question types.  This element it worth 35 marks and takes around 35 minutes.


Practice with THE BEST 2023 SATs practice Key Stage 1 past papers