Free SATs Papers to Get Year 6 Ready for KS2 SATs
Looking for free SATs papers in Maths to help your Year 6 prepare for KS2 SATs? We’ve got 6 free KS2 SATs arithmetic and reasoning papers to support your Year 6 practice with SATs style questions. Then use the answers and mark scheme as a clear indicator of whether your Year 6 are on track for the expected standard in the National Tests.
Next May your Year 6 pupils will be sitting the KS2 SATs 2022. This does not mean that all you should be doing is revision – there are still new topics to cover. But a period of Year 6 revision is essential to prepare your pupils for these SATs both academically and emotionally.
SATs papers need to be part of your revision strategy for KS2 SATs
Inevitably a key part of your Year 6 maths revision strategy and you SATs preparation will be to use sample KS2 SATs tests, ideally in exactly the same format as your Year 6 pupils will sit in May.
Given the national curriculum is still relatively new with only four years of government KS2 national curriculum tests it won’t be long before you’ve used up your 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 arithmetic and reasoning past SATs papers, as well as the sample papers released in 2016 to support preparation, and you’ll be looking around for more maths practice tests.
And you’ll find them. There are plenty of publishers selling practice SATs papers but if you’re getting a class set for it can end up being expensive and the quality is very variable.
Free SATs papers online that you can download & print
Our goal is to support schools throughout their Maths improvement journey in a way that is targeted and affordable. This means targeted 1-to-1 maths interventions for those pupils who need extra support for their Key Stage 2 SATs, as well as Year 1 to Year 6 maths resources teachers in our online maths hub.
So when teachers came to us and said what we really need is more KS2 SATs papers, that’s what we created. The difference is that we know how tight funding in schools is so we’ve made these SATs papers free to download online.
6 FREE KS2 Maths SATs Practice Papers
2 Arithmetic, 4 Reasoning Papers in line with new National Curriculum Assessment, including mark scheme, content domains and thresholds
These free SATS practice papers have been created by curriculum and assessment experts to be as close a match to the real thing as possible.
What you should know about our KS2 SATS papers for SATs revision preparation
Apart from the fact they’re free!
✓ So far we have created a total of 6 free SATs papers (we have 30(!) more for schools using our intervention on our Maths Hub):
✓ Each paper contains the same number and type of SATs questions as your Year 6 pupils will get during the government national assessments or KS2 SATs tests.
✓ Every SATs question has been created entirely new – these are not variations on existing past papers
✓ Answers are provided for every SATs reasoning and arithmetic paper in each pack.
✓ The answer sheet for these SATs papers includes a mark scheme to find out where your pupils need extra support.
✓ Each question is identified not just by its marks but by its content domain reference codes from the DFE National Assessment Framework – these can be found.
✓ The codes show coverage of topic areas across the papers and give teachers the ability to pinpoint what each pupil can and can’t do, leading to tailored teaching and better outcomes.
✓ The questions cover the same range of content domains and demand descriptors you would expect to see in the real national test papers.
✓ Since 2016 there has been no mental maths test so look instead for the arithmetic paper.
✓ As in the all the new style KS2 SATs, the arithmetic and the reasoning papers are progressive, with the SATs questions getting increasingly difficult as you progress.
✓ All the SATs papers have been thoroughly reviewed by a panel of teachers for their content and cognitive domain. Here’s what they say:
“I think this is the best Arithmetic practice paper that I’ve seen” Aidan Severs, Primary Maths Lead
“These tests are an excellent tool for teachers to assess children and an invaluable tool to prepare children for the KS2 SATs” David Stringer, Year 6 Team Leader
✓ Did we mention they’re free?!
Links to free SATS papers if you know exactly which one you’re after.
How you can use these free online SATs tests
Most obviously you can use our practice maths papers as timed ‘mock SATs tests’ to give your Year 6 pupils valuable exposure to the sorts of questions in a similar order to that which they’ll get during their KS2 SATs National Assessments in May.
Knowing how your pupils will perform under test conditions on an ‘as real’ practice SATs paper can give you a baseline or an interim ‘predicted’ result for your Year 6.
30 minutes is the time allocated for the KS2 SATs Arithmetic tests and 40 minutes for each KS2 SATs Reasoning test.
You can also use our free SATs papers to assess gaps. Each question in the SATs practice reasoning papers has been categorised according to a level of difficulty (Working towards expected standard; Working at expected standard; Working at greater depth within expected standard) and guidance has been given on mark thresholds providing a more accurate assessment of your pupils. You’ll soon see both individual gaps and patterns across class when you go through the results with pupils.
The free SATs arithmetic papers are progressive and allow teachers to diagnose precursor knowledge (questions towards the front of the paper); if misconceptions exists here, these will have an impact on later concepts.
Just by sitting down and having a go at past practice SATs papers pupils will be building their confidence around SATs and feeling better prepared to tackle their KS2 SATs Maths test in May and reassured that it’s not the great unknown.
Adapt lessons according to Year 6 pupils’ needs pre KS2 SATs
The variety of question types and problem solving questions in the Reasoning papers also allows teachers to assess the types of SATs questions pupils may be struggling at and so adapt lessons accordingly.
Take away the stress of the SATs test next year…
You know your pupils best – from their favourite lunchtime treat right down to their existing learning gaps.
Most schools have a group of target Year 6 pupils who require intensive 1-to-1 Maths support to enable them to meet their age related expectations. We provide such support to over 6000 KS2 pupils every week in their final year of primary school. Find out how we can take the stress out of SATs for you and your pupils with a personalised maths intervention.
“In Autumn we had 49% of children on track to achieve ARE (Age related expectations). As a direct result of quality first teaching using products from Third Space and specific intervention on a 1:1 basis for a sustained period of time, tailor made to meet the needs of individual pupils up to the SATs, resulted in an outstanding shift in results. Without a doubt our 100% ARE in Year 6 was based upon the materials and skills invested by Third Space and their tutors. Many thanks Third Space” Yvonne Whalley, Deputy Headteacher, Toll Bar Primary, Doncaster.
Further Reading For Year 6 Teachers
Read our analysis of the last four years of KS2 SATs papers, what this means for the topics and methods you teach your year 6 pupils, as well as top tips for SATs.
- 2019 SATs Papers Maths Question Breakdown and Analysis
- 2018 SATs Papers Maths Question Breakdown and Analysis
- 2017 SATs Papers Maths Question Breakdown and Analysis
- DFE Website with all previous SATs papers
Here are the links to the free practice SATs papers for your Year 6 again.
Now check out our roundup of the 15 best free KS2 SATs revision resources available online.
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