What is Key Stage 1 Maths?

KS1 stands for Key Stage 1. In England & Wales, all children in school years 1 & 2 (ages 5-7) are in Key Stage 1. Children are taught many subjects over these years but will only be assessed in Maths, Science & English. Throughout Key Stage 1 Maths, children begin to learn and apply number skills, learn more about shape & space and are taught how to handle data.

Optional Tests

Up until 2004, Key Stage 1 Maths SATs were compulsory. SATs stands for Standard Assessment Tasks. In 2003 and 2004, the Maths SATs were split into Level 2 and Level 3 papers. Although the SATs papers are no longer compulsory, teachers still have to assess their children to determine what level they are performing at. There are optional tests available should teachers wish to use them.

Level 1, 2 or 3

Depending on their performance, children will be awarded a Level 1, 2 or 3 where 2 is the expected level. Within these levels there are sub-levels, a, b and c. These sub-levels indicate whereabouts within their level they are currently performing; a 2a is one better than a 2b, whilst a 2c is one better than a 1a.

National Curriculum

Click on this link to view the National Curriculum for children in primary school: National Curriculum.