DfE – grammar and punctuation SATS 2016

This post pulls together some key information regarding the forthcoming SATS test, featuring a new uplevelled test for grammar and punctuation. These uplevelled SATS will obviously be a challenge for schools to face this year, and through Discovery Education Espresso, we provide support for schools, teachers and students with our engaging resources. There will be posts in our literacy blog over the coming weeks, demonstrating how our content can support the teaching and learning of the grammar and punctuation objectives for KS1 and KS2.

Sample grammar and punctuation SATS materials for KS1

Sample grammar and punctuation SATS materials for KS2

All sample materials for 2016 SATS

Key dates for SATS

We recently delivered a webinar on grammar and punctuation which is available on demand. This webinar will guide you through the grammar and punctuation elements of the English curriculum.

You may have seen a recent story in the media concerning the exact use of exclamation marks in the KS1 SATS test. The confusion is, in part, due to there being objectives for both the use of an exclamation mark and for a sentence defined as an exclamation.

The frameworks that the DfE published for each of the new tests has the following description about the correct use of a sentence defined as an exclamation:

4.4.2 Sentences with different forms: For the purposes of the English grammar, punctuation and spelling test, an exclamation is required to start with What or How e.g. • What a lovely day! • How exciting! A sentence that ends in an exclamation mark, but which does not have one of the grammatical patterns shown above, is not considered to be creditworthy as an exclamation (e.g. exclamatory statements, exclamatory imperatives, exclamatory interrogatives or interjections).

KS1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test framework
Here is the equivalent document for KS2 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test framework

The DfE have recently (March 2016) issued further clarification:

The national curriculum states that an exclamation is one of the four forms of sentences. An exclamation must be introduced by a phrase with ‘what’ or ‘how’ and should be followed by a subject + verb + any other elements. It is typically demarcated by an exclamation mark, for example: What big teeth you have, Grandma! How beautiful Cinderella looks in that dress!


Further resources:

This website has a useful summary of the changes to SATS for 2016:
Testbase list the sample papers together with the frameworks for each test:


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  1. Andrew Tidswell said:

    In recent conversations I have had Teachers are really impressed by the two Grammar and Punctuation modules in Espresso. The one for KS2 has been around for a while and provides excellent videos to explain all the key aspects of P&G in engaging ways – packed with clear examples, which can also be captured to IWB software for further development. There are also two quizzes and an activity for each concept. A really great way to bring ‘Fronted Adverbials’ to life. The KS1 version has just been released and is similarly packed with great resources – a real ‘go to’ place for Grammar and Punctuation work, which, let’s face it, can be very dry subject matter. What a set of resources! (I hope I have used my exclamation correctly.)

  2. Anna Vaughan said:

    That’s great to hear Andrew, thanks! (that is not an ‘exclamation’ just use of an exclamation mark…)

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