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SATs Information

Information for parents:

2019 national curriculum tests (maths) at the end of key stages 1 and 2

Updated 3 April 2019 – taken from Standards and Testing Agency publication


Key stage 1 tests–year 2 pupils

Your child’s teacher is responsible for judging the standards your child is working at in mathematics by the end of key stage 1. To help inform those judgements, pupils sit national curriculum tests commonly called SATs.

The tests are a tool for teachers to help them measure your child’s performance and identify their needs as they move into key stage 2. They also allow teachers to see how your child is performing against national expected standards.

The tests can be taken any time during May and they are not strictly timed. Pupils may not even know they are taking them as many teachers will incorporate them into everyday classroom activities.

Teachers will use the results from these tests, along with the work your child has done throughout the year, to help them reach their own judgements about how your child is progressing at the end of key stage 1.

These teacher assessment judgements will be reported to you by the end of the summer term.


Key stage 2 tests–year 6 pupils

If you have a child in year 6, at the end of key stage 2, they will take national curriculum tests in mathematics.

The tests help measure the progress pupils have made and identify if they need additional support in a certain area. The tests are also used to assess schools’ performance and to produce national performance data.

The key stage 2 tests will be taken on set dates unless your child is absent, in which case they may be able to take them up to 5 school days afterwards.


Wednesday 15th May 2019            1. Arithmetic

         2. Mathematical Reasoning

Thursday 16th May 2019                1. Mathematical Reasoning


How can you help your child to prepare?

Teachers will make sure all pupils in their class are prepared for the tests. There’s nothing specifically test-related that you should do to prepare your child.

You should follow the general advice teachers give about supporting your child’s education throughout the year.


What do the tests look like?

You can look at past papers by clicking on the hyperlink or searching online at


Further information

Your child’s teacher will be able to answer any questions you may have about the tests and teacher assessment judgements.


For more details you can visit or watch our short videos for parents about the tests at key stage 1 and key stage 2.