Stranton Primary School

Stranton Primary School
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Key Stage 1 Pupils

End of KS1 Tests

At the end of Year 2, children will take assessments in:

  • Reading;
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling (non-compulsory)
  • Maths.



  • The test consists of 2 separate papers.
  • Children will complete the tests independently.
  • The texts will cover a range of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
  • Questions are designed to assess the comprehension and understanding of a child’s reading.


Grammar, punctuation and spelling

  • The test consists of 2 separate papers; spelling and questions
  • Children will complete the tests independently.
  • Examples of the types of spellings assessed are: faster, sunny, face, thanked, happiness, Saturday, baking, knew, hurried, rainbow, peaceful, teddies
  • The questions focus on sentence level work and use vocabulary the children should be familiar with such as: noun, verb, adjective, adverb, past tense, present tense, suffix, statement, question, exclamation, command.



  • Children will sit two tests: Paper 1 and Paper 2:
  • Children will complete the tests independently.
  • Paper 1 covers arithmetic. It covers calculation methods for all addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. They will also be expected to find fractions of numbers.
  • Paper 2 covers problem solving, reasoning and mathematical fluency covering all elements of the year 2 curriculum.



  • Children will not complete a writing test.
  • Children will be assessed using a stringent framework dictated by the Statutory Assessment Agency.
  • Assessments will be based on writing content, use of punctuation including full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks and question marks, use of vocabulary, spellings and handwriting.


How you can help your child


Listening to your child read can take many forms:

  • First and foremost, focus developing an enjoyment and love of reading.
  • Enjoy stories together – reading stories to your child is equally as important as listening to your child read.
  • Read a little at a time but often, rather than rarely but for long periods of time!
  • Talk about the story before, during and afterwards – discuss the plot, the characters, their feelings and actions, how it makes you feel, predict what will happen and encourage your child to have their own opinions.
  • Look up definitions of words together – you could use a dictionary, the Internet or an app on a phone or tablet.
  • All reading is valuable – it doesn’t have to be just stories. Reading can involve anything from fiction and non-fiction, poetry, newspapers, magazines, football programmes, TV guides.
  • Visit the local library - it’s free!



  • Practise and learn weekly spelling lists – make it fun!
  • Encourage opportunities for writing, such as letters to family or friends, shopping lists, notes or reminders, stories or poems.
  • Write together – be a good role model for writing.
  • Encourage children to think carefully about their spellings and use phonics to sound out each letter as they write the word.
  • Encourage children to form their letters correctly, sitting each letter on the line, ensuring letters are the same size and ascenders (l, t, f, d, b, h,) and descenders (q, y, p, g, j) are clear.
  • Remember that good readers become good writers! Identify good writing features when reading (e.g. vocabulary, sentence structure, punctuation).
  • Show your appreciation: praise and encourage, even for small successes!



  • Play times tables games.
  • Play mental maths games including counting in different multiples (2s, 5s, 10s and 3s) forwards and backwards, chanting doubles and halves, identifying number bonds to 10, 20 and 100.
  • Encourage opportunities for telling the time.
  • Encourage opportunities for counting coins and money e.g. finding amounts or calculating change when shopping.
  • Look for numbers on street signs, car registrations and anywhere else.
  • Look for examples of 2D and 3D shapes around the home.
  • Identify, weigh or measure quantities and amounts in the kitchen or in recipes.
  • Play games involving numbers or logic, such as dominoes, card games, draughts or chess.