Once again SATs season is fast approaching and we’re all on the lookout for high quality free KS2 SATs papers, SATs revision resources, tests and sample SATs questions to support our Year 6 in the National Assessments in Maths.
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 free KS2 revision resources which can be used in the classroom to support teachers and enable pupils to achieve the marks they deserve.
Read on for a few of my favourites.
1. Third Space Learning’s free SATs papers
We’re starting and ending with the free SATs papers and SATs revision resources Third Space Learning has on offer (for obvious reasons ? !)
Over 10,000 downloads in total and lots of comments like ‘these are the best papers I’ve ever seen’. A definite boon for Spring term planning.
KS2 Maths SATs Set Of 3 Practice Papers (Pack 1)
Get ready for KS2 SATs with 3 free practice paper exemplar national curriculum assessment tests - 2 Reasoning and 1 Arithmetic.
2. National curriculum assessments
Past papers on the new curriculum are all available from the government practice materials site. As a teacher, I often share this one with parents so they can access and support children with test style questions at home.
It is also possible to get hold of pre-2016 KS2 SATs papers but I’d be wary of using them for for any complete assessments, even if the individual questions available are still valid.
3. NCETM bank of free Maths SATs 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 KS2 SATs assessment questions for Maths. Helpfully, you can build whole lessons around one question or one question style or even a complete SATs Paper.
4. Diagnostic Questions for KS2 SATs preparation
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.
The White Rose Maths Hub in conjunction with Diagnostic Questions has also produced daily Maths quizzes to support KS1 and KS2 SATs revision, with questions split into areas aligned with the curriculum that in the style of KS2 National Tests.
5. White Rose Maths Hub SATs style reasoning resources
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) – ideal for KS2 SATs Revision
This is a fun and exciting mathematical challenge aimed at pupils in years 5 and 6. It has lots of activities and free KS2 SATs test papers and can be found online here.
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7. Emaths free KS2 SATs papers
Mark McCourt has been sharing free Maths pedagogy and KS2 Maths revision resources on his Emaths blog since 2004. He’s created a range of new national curriculum style 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 KS2 progress tests
Rising Stars have some truly great free SATs revision 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 SATs papers and resources can still be hugely useful.
9. TES downloadable free SATs paper template – Arithmetic
A teacher’s best friend, TES offers a downloadable Maths SATs Arithmetic template in the style and format of the KS2 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 to enable the KS2 Maths revision to help the children gain speed, fluency and confidence.
10. Ultimate KS2 Maths Organiser
The Ultimate KS2 Maths organiser is not strictly free but it’s so useful and so inexpensive we thought it worth including within your KS2 SATs revision. You can also find YouTube videos for every past KS2 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 KS2 Maths concept from past SATs papers. I have used them in school as starters, plenaries, and for homework.
11. Headstart Primary SATs papers
Headstart Primary sell highly engaging and intuitive Maths and English teaching materials, and as part of their suite of KS2 SATs revision resources have some useful free Year 6 assessments.
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!
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.
14. 75 topic based SATs Maths questions based on KS2 SATs Papers
For those times you’re looking for SATs questions on a particular concept as part of your KS2 Maths revision, Third Space has created 3 KS2 SATs papers with mixed arithmetic and reasoning questions on the following topics:
You can pick and choose from these questions or use diagnostically by asking your pupils to sit an entire test that will then reveal their concept gaps.
15. Third Space’s essential SATs resources for the SLT
And just to finish off, these two free KS2 SATs resources are a valuable addition for any member of the Senior Leadership team involved in SATs revision or preparation.
> Year 6 Catch up and Revision Guide from TES blogger and Assistant Headteacher Claire Lotriet
> KS2 SATs Wellbeing Guide – essential for your Year 6 teachers, pupils and parents to put this time of year into perspective and ensure wellbeing is kept at the forefront.
There’s more to life than the KS2 SATs!
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.
What are your favourite KS2 SATs resources?
These are my go to KS2 SATs resources and practice papers to help prepare Year 6 for the SATs results they deserve. What KS2 Maths revision resources have I missed? Tweet @thirdspacetweet with your own recommendations and we’ll add them in here.