Key Stage 2 is an important stage in children’s learning – they will cover topics in greater depth and will learn a wide range of new material. Year 6 students work towards their national curriculum tests (SATs) and for the step up to secondary school.
Our classes for Key Stage 2 are designed to ensure that students grasp the new topics they are learning and to help build their confidence and fill in any gaps or weaknesses in their knowledge. Some students may be preparing for exams, while others may simply want to improve in their schoolwork.
The new national curriculum for Key Stage 2 is designed to help children study the subjects in greater depth, with a focus on reasoning and problem solving. Students will learn a lot of spelling, grammar and punctuation work in English, while in mathematics they will cover a wide range of topics, including proportion, fractions, decimals and some algebra. All of our classes are national curriculum based so we can provide as much support as we can with your child’s schoolwork.
For our Key Stage 2 pupils, we provide:
- Weekly lessons in Mathematics and English
- SATs preparation (for Year 5/6s)
- Reasoning and problem solving activities
- Reading practice
- Reward system to keep them motivated
- Holiday booster classes for SATs
- Mock tests for SATs
What are SATS?
SATs stands for Scholastic Aptitude Test or Scholastic Assessment Test. The more rigorous SATs test the new National Primary Curriculum, which has been taught in schools since 2014. SATs tests have been designed to give a measure of attainment in three subjects areas: reading; maths and spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Key Stage 2 Reading
The reading test is a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test. There are a selection of question types, including:
Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’
Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’
Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’
Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’
Key Stage 2 Punctuation and Spelling Test
The grammar, punctuation and spelling test consists of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes. The grammar and punctuation test includes two sub-types of questions:
Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’
Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’
Key Stags 2 Maths
Children sit three papers in maths:
Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes
Papers 2 and 3: reasoning, 40 minutes per paper
Paper 1 consists of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:
True or false
Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart
Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem