National Curriculum assessment usually refers to the statutory assessments carried out in primary schools in England, colloquially known as SATs. The assessments are made up of a combination of testing and teacher assessment judgements, and are used in all government-funded primary schools in England to assess the attainment of pupils against the programmes of study of the National Curriculum at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2, when most pupils are aged 7 and 11 respectively. You can download Official 2016 Key Stage 1 SATs Sample Test English and Mathematics for practice at the end of the article.
National Curriculum Assessments are now carried out only at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2. At both key stages the process includes a combination of tests and teacher assessment judgements. The first round of assessments in the new model was undertaken in 2016.
Key Stage 1
There are two elements to the statutory assessment process in Key Stage 1: tests and teacher assessment. The tests are used only to support teacher’s judgement; it is the teacher assessment which is recorded as the statutory outcome.
Statutory assessment takes place in Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Science. For each subject, teachers use the available evidence to reach one of a number of judgements, based on the national assessment framework. The judgements available for Reading, Writing and Mathematics are as follows:
- Working at Greater Depth within the Expected Standard
- Working at the Expected Standard
- Working towards the Expected Standard
- Foundations for the Expected Standard
- Below the Standard of the pre-Key Stage
In Science, the only judgement available is ‘Working at the Expected Standard’, or alternatively an indication that the child has not yet met the expected standard for his/her age. Each judgement band is illustrated in the Teacher Assessment framework documentation by a number of descriptors of performance.
To achieve a given standard, pupils must achieve all of the descriptors within that band. For pupils with Special Educational Needs a separate judgement may be made using a separate grading system known as P-levels.
Judgements in Reading, Writing and Mathematics are supported by test papers which are administered during May of Year 2. The Reading and Maths tests are statutory for schools. Schools can choose to use an optional Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test to support judgements in Writing. There is no test available for Science.
You can read, download and practice with the Official 2016 Key Stage 1 SATs Sample Test English and Mathematics below. If you have difficulties to download the files, you can read the guide at here How to find and download resources or How to download all files in one zip file.