2017 SATs preparation roundup: 13 best free Maths KS2 SATs papers, resources and assessments
In preparation for the 2017 Key Stage 2 SATs here is our roundup of the best free KS2 Maths SATs resources, practice papers, tests and sample questions to support your Year 6 in the National Assessments. Thanks to experienced primary teacher @MrBeeTeach for creating this top list
Once again SATs season is fast approaching. While the cornerstone of effective teaching and learning in mathematics will always be effective subject teaching, at this time of year, if you're a Year 6 teacher tasked with improving on last year's SATs results you'd be forgiven for thinking that it's all about the national assessments and effective test preparation.
We can't do it alone but there is help available and many good resources which can be used in the classroom to support teachers and enable pupils to achieve the marks they deserve, so here I've rounded up a few of my favourite free practice KS2 SATs papers, assessments, test resources and question banks.
It's the most obvious one but it's still very useful as it has all of the previous past KS2 SATs papers on it. As a teacher, I often share this one with parents so they can access and support children with test style questions at home. For your own teaching use, I'd be wary of using all but the 2016 style SATs papers onwards for any complete assessments, but the individual questions available are still very valid.
2. NCETM bank of free resources
National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics have produced some excellent primary assessment resources which can be used as formative or summative tasks with Year 6. From my own experience of these, I would advise you edit each of the questions slightly and develop your own bank of SATs assessment questions for Maths. Helpfully, you can build whole lessons around 1 question or 1 question style.
3. Third Space Learning
*Had to include this one* Using their experience running Maths interventions to prepare thousands of pupils for Key Stage 2 SATs each year, Third Space Learning also provide high quality free KS2 Reasoning and Arithmetic SATs papers (crucially with answers and demand descriptors), sets of topic-based KS2 SATs questions, and also more indepth Year 5/6 Diagnostic Assessments to pinpoint learning gaps.
4. Diagnostic Questions
Diagnostic Questions is a great resource of diagnostic quizzes for end of KS1 and KS2. Sign up is necessary but worth it. Often I use the resources as starting activities, then reverse engineer them by working with the whole class to think of the steps and skills needed to answer it in reverse. This is great SATs preparation.
New for 2017 the White Rose Maths Hub in conjunction with Diagnostic Questions has produced daily Maths quizzes for the end of KS1 and KS2, with questions split into areas aligned with the curriculum that in the style of KS2 SATs papers.
5. White Rose Maths Hub
The WRMH's own free resources are in frequent use across primary schools, with reasoning looming so large in the national assessments, I use their KS2 SATs style reasoning resources linked to each area of the maths curriculum. Perfect for reverse engineering required skills from questions.
6. The Primary Maths Challenge (PMC)
This is a fun and exciting mathematical challenge aimed at pupils in years 5 and 6. It has lots of activities and free downloadable KS2 SATs test papers and can be found online here.
Mark McCourt has been sharing free Maths pedagogy and resources on his Emaths blog since 2004. He's created a range of new national curriculum style SATs past papers and resources for both KS1 and KS2. Also - the cherry on the top - resources are often donated to the site by other teachers.
8. Rising Stars
The famous Rising Stars have some truly great free resources, especially for arithmetic. Although they only appear to have produced free versions of their test resources for year 3, 4 and 5, it is important to remember that ultimately children sit an end of KS2 SATs and will be tested on the year 3, 4, 5 and 6 curriculum. As such, these practice KS2 papers and resources can still be hugely useful.
A teacher’s best friend, TES offers a downloadable Maths SATs template in the style and format of the SATs arithmetic paper which, once downloaded, can be edited regularly with different arithmetic questions. You can even edit it so that every question focuses on a particular element of arithmetic such as adding fractions so children gain speed, fluency and confidence.
10. Ultimate KS2 Maths Organiser
The Ultimate KS2 Maths organiser is a paid for resource on TES (but it's not expensive) but you can also find YouTube videos for every past SATs paper; each question is clickable and directs the user to a YouTube video to explain how to solve the problem. They are broken into key areas of the curriculum and contain every question asked on that subject from past KS2 SATs Maths papers. I have used them in school as starters, plenaries, and for homework.
11. Headstart Primary
Headstart Primary sell highly engaging and intuitive Maths and English teaching materials, and have some useful free Year 6 assessment KS2 SATs sample papers.
12. My Mini Maths
Many schools now do 5 a day - that is 5 questions linked to each of the main operations at the start or end of every maths session (as recommended in the downloadable free KS2 SATs Catch-up and Revision Guide by Claire Lotriet). My Mini Maths makes preparing this considerably easier than doing it yourself! They also have new mini arithmetic and reasoning tasks set every day.
13. Maths Frame
An oldie but a goody, Maths Frame have all of the KS2 maths objectives as strands. Helpfully, clicking into an area of maths allows teachers to open interactives or generate a short SATs style assessment linked that that particular strand of maths and focus in on - for example - the year 6 programme of study.
What have I missed?
These are my go to KS2 SATs resources and practice papers to help prepare Year 6. It's worth reiterating how important it is to remember that while resources can be useful for any teacher, effective teaching must always come first for learning and progress in mathematics. Making young children question, wonder, doubt, hypothesise, reason and play - that's our primary goal.
Further reading for SATs 2017 (and a bonus for 2016)
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