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Key Stage 2 SATs Reading Practice Paper

In this practice paper, students will complete a timed assessment in the style of a Key Stage 2 SATs Reading paper.

'Key Stage 2 SATs Reading Practice Paper' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   SATs Practice Papers

Curriculum subtopic:   Reading Practice Papers

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This is a practice Reading paper in the style of a Key Stage 2 National Test.

 

This is an assessment with a variety of Reading questions.

Some are multiple-choice and some will require you to type in an answer.

 

In the real Key Stage 2 National Test, you will write your answers in a special test booklet, normally in a box or space.

At EdPlace, you will use the computer to enter your answers in the spaces provided. 

 

At the start of each question, there will be a set of instructions which you will need to apply until further instruction.

 

You should work quickly and carefully through the questions. 

 

The timer is set for 60 minutes for this practice paper, although you can keep working after the timer has run out.

There are 39 questions. 

This means that you should aim for no more than 1 minute per question and hopefully, as you become more confident, less than 1 minute.

 

You may find some of the questions difficult.

If you are struggling to answer a question do not waste time on it, but move onto the next question.

 

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According to the text, where did the 'age of steam' begin?

[1]

The North East

Europe

Britain

The Midlands

United States

 

Identify two nouns from the first paragraph which mean the same as change

[1]

Industrial

Period

Development

Economy

Revolution

 

Which of the following themes is the focus of the section subtitled 'British Industry before the 18th Century'?

[1]

Britain before the Industrial Revolution

Britain during the Industrial Revolution

Britain after the Industrial Revolution

The Age of Steam

The spread of the Industrial Revolution

 

Which of the following does the text suggest was one of the changes in Britain for ordinary people as a result of the Industrial Revolution? 

[1]

The industrial Revolution began in Europe and the United States.

Metal was produced in the Midlands.

Workshops became larger.

Cities became far more populated.

Steam powered machine were cheaper.

 

Find and copy from the text which means the same as limited.

[1]

 

Where was steam used to power machinery during the Industrial Revolution?

[1]

Boats

Nuclear plants

Trains

Factories

Mills

 

Which of the following inventions were first seen during the Industrial Revolution?

[1]

Batteries

Televisions

Coca Cola

Coal

Dynamite

 

Find and copy a phrase which shows what steam engines were used for before the Industrial Revolution.

[1]

 

Find and copy a word from the text which tells us which fuel was used to power steam engines. 

[1]

 

Why was the invention of the 'spinning jenny' and 'flying shuttle' instrumental in the growth of the textile industry?

[1]

It helped meet growing demand.

They could be used by children.

The inventions were powered by steam.

The inventions meant that the industry was less reliant on human workers.

The inventions allowed more fabric to be produced in a short time.

 

 

How did the Industrial Revolution change the transport network in Britain?

Give examples from the text to support your ideas. 

[3]

 

 

The Industrial Revolution was not a positive time for everyone in society. 

 

Who do you think was most affected in a negative way?

Choose some examples from the text to back up your ideas. 

[3]

 

 

Many people believe that the Industrial Revolution was a time of huge social inequality in Britain. 

 

What does this mean and as this true?

Give an example from the text which supports your opinion. 

[1]

 

Who rides the horse in this extract?

[1]

 

Which of the following words, as it is used in the text, means wide?

[1]

Steady

Bridle

Broad

Fleet

Fine

 

According to the text, what is John's opinion of the horse so far?

That he has a lovely shiny coat

That he runs like a dog

That he was ill treated as a young horse

That he is impressive

That he is easily scared

 

Based on this extract, what purpose do you think the squire has in mind for the horse?

[1]

To ride him by the watermill

To ride him while hunting with dogs

To use him to pull carts

To ride him on rabbit hunts.

To race him

 

Match the following words to their meanings, as used in this text. 

[1]

Column A

Column B

Mount
Advice
Counsel
Ride
Creature
Animal
Wonder
Pleasant
Sweet
Mystery

 

Which horse names do John and James appear to find amusing?

[1]

Pegasus

Duchess

Rob Roy

Marengo

Abdallah

 

What relationship does Black Beauty share with a horse named Rob Roy, according to the text?

[1]

Son

Father

Mother

Brother

Uncle

 

Find and copy the comparative which is mentioned when the squire and his wife are discussing Black Beauty and another horse Blackbird. 

[1]

 

What is the general impression you get of Black Beauty and how he feels about his life?

[1]

Accepting

Content

Worried

Honest

Good-tempered

 

Which adjectives does Black Beauty use to describe John the Coachman?

[1]

Fond

Kind

Pleasant

Tender

Gentle

 

Black Beauty works with a horse named Ginger. 

How does the author portray Black Beauty's opinion of her?

Explain your opinion with evidence from the text. 

[4]

 

Who or what is Merrylegs and what does Black Beauty think of him?

[2]

 

Find and copy an example of a simile from the text. 

What image does this create for the reader?

[1]

Find and copy a word which means the same as to spread out

[1]

What did Nelson fail to see with his blind eye?

A boat

Some pirates

His telescope

A signal

The Danish Navy

 

What do you think 'keep an ear to the ground' means?

[1]

To listen

To understand

To converse

To stoop

To look

 

What type of text is 'History of well-known phrases'?

Choose the genre which fits best. 

[1]

Fiction

Autobiography

Chronological Report

Novel

Explanation

 

Which well-known phrase, according to the text, is most likely to have originated first?

[1]

Disperse themselves

Turn a blind eye

Raining cats and dogs

Keep your ear to the ground

Read the riot act

 

Match the phrases below with their origins. 

[1]

Column A

Column B

Got it in the bag
Hunting
Beat around the bush
Sports
Feeling under the weather
Sailing

 

Who were the 'New York Giants'?

[1]

Hunters

Sportsmen

Ball boys

Sailors

Runners

 

Identify all the verbs in the following sentence. 

[1]

This phrase refers to someone who is taking a while to get to their main point.

What item was used to deliver blows in a 'flogging'?

[1]

A whip

A cat

A beating

A sailor

A tongue

Match the following words from the text with their antonyms to show your understanding. 

[1]

Column A

Column B

Prolonged
Imaginary
Historic
Straightforward
Affiliation
Limited
Complex
DIsconnection
Literal
Modern

What literary technique is used when the text says 'Sounds unpleasant, doesn't it?'

What effect do you think this has on the reader?

[2]

What do you understand by the final two sentences of the text? 

Summarise their main points using your own words. 

[2]

What does the word evolving mean, as used in the paragraph subtitled 'Break the ice'?

Explain in your own words what your understanding of this word is and how it supports the last two sentences.

[2]

  • Question 1

 

According to the text, where did the 'age of steam' begin?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
Britain
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is Britain. This information is found in the first paragraph of the text. The age of steam is another term for the Industrial Revolution.
  • Question 2

 

Identify two nouns from the first paragraph which mean the same as change

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
Development
Revolution
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answers are Development and Revolution. Both of these words can be used in place of the word change.
  • Question 3

 

Which of the following themes is the focus of the section subtitled 'British Industry before the 18th Century'?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
Britain before the Industrial Revolution
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is Britain before the Industrial Revolution. The section subtitled 'British Industry before the 18th Century' focuses on the types and locations of various industries in Britain before the Industrial Revolution happened.
  • Question 4

 

Which of the following does the text suggest was one of the changes in Britain for ordinary people as a result of the Industrial Revolution? 

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
Cities became far more populated.
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is cities became far more populated. In the text it says, '...before the Industrial Revolution, only 15% of the population of Britain lived in towns and cities.' This suggests that the figure rose considerably after the Industrial Revolution.
  • Question 5

 

Find and copy from the text which means the same as limited.

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
Restricted
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is Restricted. The sentence, 'Water was a good source of power but restricted where the factories could be built.' informs the reader that factories powered by water were built in limited locations due to the proximity of water.
  • Question 6

 

Where was steam used to power machinery during the Industrial Revolution?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
Boats
Trains
Factories
Mills
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answers are boats, trains, factories and mills. Steam was used in all these types of places to power machines during the Industrial Revolution. Steam is also used in modern times to power nuclear plants but these did not exist during the Industrial Revolution.
  • Question 7

 

Which of the following inventions were first seen during the Industrial Revolution?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
Batteries
Coca Cola
Dynamite
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answers are batteries, Coca Cola and dynamite. Other inventions which became available during the Industrial Revolution are the machine gun, Sewing machine and photography equipment.
  • Question 8

 

Find and copy a phrase which shows what steam engines were used for before the Industrial Revolution.

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
To pump water out of the mines
To pump water
Pump water
Pump water out of the mines
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is 'To pump water out of the mines'. This information can be found in the second paragraph. The text tells us that the machines were made more efficient by the improvements designed by James Watts.
  • Question 9

 

Find and copy a word from the text which tells us which fuel was used to power steam engines. 

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
Coal
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is coal. This information can be found in the section subtitled 'How does a steam engine work?'.
  • Question 10

 

Why was the invention of the 'spinning jenny' and 'flying shuttle' instrumental in the growth of the textile industry?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
It helped meet growing demand.
The inventions meant that the industry was less reliant on human workers.
The inventions allowed more fabric to be produced in a short time.
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answers are as follows: • It helped meet growing demand. • The inventions meant that the industry was less reliant on human workers. • The inventions allowed more fabric to be produced in a short time. The text does not mention children using these inventions nor them being powered by steam.
  • Question 11

 

 

How did the Industrial Revolution change the transport network in Britain?

Give examples from the text to support your ideas. 

[3]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A full mark answer would look something like this... The transport system in Britain was improved and expanded in various ways as a result of the Industrial Revolution. Examples of these changes include improvements to roads, expansion of the road network, expansion of the canal network and the building of the first railway in Britain.
People and businesses in Britain had increased opportunities and choice when it came to travel and transporting goods around the country.
  • Question 12

 

 

The Industrial Revolution was not a positive time for everyone in society. 

 

Who do you think was most affected in a negative way?

Choose some examples from the text to back up your ideas. 

[3]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A full mark answer would look something like this... Manual workers and poorer people in society were affected negatively by the Industrial Revolution.
Towns and cities became overcrowded. As a result, disease spread quickly because the places where the poorer people lived were not able to be kept clean or supplied with enough clean water.
Additionally, working in a factory during the Industrial Revolution was quite unpleasant. The hours were long and the jobs on offer were boring and badly paid. Conditions in the factories were also dangerous and unpleasant.
  • Question 13

 

 

Many people believe that the Industrial Revolution was a time of huge social inequality in Britain. 

 

What does this mean and as this true?

Give an example from the text which supports your opinion. 

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A full mark answer would look something like this... Social inequality means the differences between how rich and poor members of society were treated. There was huge social inequality in Britain at the time of the Industrial Revolution. We know this because the text says, 'factory owners increased their wealth often at their workers' expense.'
  • Question 14

 

Who rides the horse in this extract?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
John
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is John. In the extract, John (the coachman) is asked by the squire to take the horse out 'to show his paces' as the squire is too busy.
  • Question 15

 

Which of the following words, as it is used in the text, means wide?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
Broad
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is Broad. In the extract, John the Coachman looks for a saddle 'broad enough' for the horses back. Broad means wide in this context.
  • Question 16

 

According to the text, what is John's opinion of the horse so far?

CORRECT ANSWER
That he is impressive
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is that he is impressive. In the text, it says that John describes the horse as "FIrst-rate..." to the squire. This phrase is used to describe something impressive or of high quality.
  • Question 17

 

Based on this extract, what purpose do you think the squire has in mind for the horse?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
To ride him while hunting with dogs
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is to ride him while hunting with dogs. The evidence for this is the part of the text where John says to the horse "Ho, ho my boy! .... you would like to follow the hounds I think!" 'Hounds' is another word for dogs. Historically, dogs were used in hunts for foxes.
  • Question 18

 

Match the following words to their meanings, as used in this text. 

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Mount
Ride
Counsel
Advice
Creature
Animal
Wonder
Mystery
Sweet
Pleasant
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answers are as follows: • Mount = Ride • Counsel = Advice • Creature = Animal • Wonder = Mystery • Sweet = Pleasant
  • Question 19

 

Which horse names do John and James appear to find amusing?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
Pegasus
Marengo
Abdallah
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answers are Pegasus, Marengo and Abdallah. In the text, James and John are described as laughing at the suggestion of these names, preferring instead a 'good, sensible English name' such as 'Black Beauty'.
  • Question 20

 

What relationship does Black Beauty share with a horse named Rob Roy, according to the text?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
Brother
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is Brother. In the text, James comments that Black Beauty looks very similar to a horse who was named Rob Roy. John replies, "That's no wonder ... didn't you know that Farmer Grey's old Duchess was the mother of them both?" This tells the reader that Black Beauty and Rob Roy had the same mother, meaning they have are brothers and may look similar. since they are related.
  • Question 21

 

Find and copy the comparative which is mentioned when the squire and his wife are discussing Black Beauty and another horse Blackbird. 

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
Handsomer
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is handsomer. When the squire and his wife are discussing names for Black Beauty, the wife says, "Will you call him Blackbird, like your Uncle's old horse?" The squire replies, "No, he is far handsomer than old Blackbird ever was." A comparative is a word used to compare one thing to another.
  • Question 22

 

What is the general impression you get of Black Beauty and how he feels about his life?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
Content
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is content. Black Beauty mentions that he 'grew very fond' of John the Coachman. He also mentions how he enjoys working with another horse named Ginger and becomes friends with a horse named Merrylegs. His general mood in the passage is one of contentment and happiness.
  • Question 23

 

Which adjectives does Black Beauty use to describe John the Coachman?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
Kind
Gentle
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answers are kind and gentle. Black Beauty describes John grooming him in a 'gentle and kind' manner. The other adjectives are used in the passage but not specifically to describe John.
  • Question 24

 

Black Beauty works with a horse named Ginger. 

How does the author portray Black Beauty's opinion of her?

Explain your opinion with evidence from the text. 

[4]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A full mark answer would look something like this... Black Beauty appears to like Ginger as a friend and is pleased with her as a working partner. This is clear from the text when Black Beauty says that Ginger 'behaved very well'. He also thinks she does her 'full share' and seems to enjoy working with Ginger. In addition to these points, he says that he could 'never wish to have a better partner in double harness'. Later on in the extract, he speaks about how they both tackled pulling the cart up hills, saying how 'she would throw her weight right into the collar' and 'We both had the same sort of courage'. John is described as barely using the whip on either horse and they are able to keep in step together easily. Lastly, Black Beauty says that after working together for a while they became 'quite friendly and sociable'.
  • Question 25

 

Who or what is Merrylegs and what does Black Beauty think of him?

[2]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A full mark answer would look something like this... Merrylegs is another horse who lives on the squire's estate. Black Beauty is friends with Merrylegs. He thinks him 'cheerful, plucky, good-tempered' and comments on how Merrylegs is popular, especially with the children in the family.
  • Question 26

 

Find and copy an example of a simile from the text. 

What image does this create for the reader?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A full mark answer would look something like this... The simile in this extract is 'as smooth as a lady's hair' which helps the reader picture Black Beauty's mane as smooth and shiny or well-groomed.
  • Question 27

Find and copy a word which means the same as to spread out

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
Disperse
EDDIE SAYS
The word disperse is the correct answer here. Disperse means to spread out or scatter.
  • Question 28

What did Nelson fail to see with his blind eye?

CORRECT ANSWER
A signal
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answers is A signal. This information can be found in the explanation for the saying 'Turn a blind eye.'
  • Question 29

 

What do you think 'keep an ear to the ground' means?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
To listen
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is To listen. To 'keep an ear to the ground' means to listen and be aware of what people are saying.
  • Question 30

 

What type of text is 'History of well-known phrases'?

Choose the genre which fits best. 

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
Explanation
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is Explanation. This text is an information text, which explains the origins and meanings of a number of well-known sayings.
  • Question 31

 

Which well-known phrase, according to the text, is most likely to have originated first?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
Read the riot act
EDDIE SAYS
The correct choice is Read the riot act. The text tells us that this phrase is linked to a law which dates back to 1715. 'Turn a blind eye' is also very old, dating back to 1801.
  • Question 32

 

Match the phrases below with their origins. 

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Got it in the bag
Sports
Beat around the bush
Hunting
Feeling under the weather
Sailing
EDDIE SAYS
The correct matches are as follows: • 'Got it in the bag' has an origin in sports • 'Beat around the bush' comes from hunting • 'Feeling under the weather' was first used by sailors
  • Question 33

 

Who were the 'New York Giants'?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
Sportsmen
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is Sportsmen. The New York Giants were a baseball team.
  • Question 34

 

Identify all the verbs in the following sentence. 

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
This phrase refers to someone who is taking a while to get to their main point.
EDDIE SAYS
The two verbs in the sentence are 'refers' and 'taking'.
  • Question 35

What item was used to deliver blows in a 'flogging'?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
A whip
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is A whip. Sailors were 'flogged' with a whip as punishment for serious misdemeanours (bad behaviour).
  • Question 36

Match the following words from the text with their antonyms to show your understanding. 

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Prolonged
Limited
Historic
Modern
Affiliation
DIsconnection
Complex
Straightforward
Literal
Imaginary
EDDIE SAYS
The correct matches are as follows: • Prolonged and Limited • Historic and Modern • Affiliation and Disconnection • Complex and Straightforward • Literal and Imaginary Remember that an antonym means the opposite or near opposite of a word.
  • Question 37

What literary technique is used when the text says 'Sounds unpleasant, doesn't it?'

What effect do you think this has on the reader?

[2]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A full mark answer would look something like this... The technique used in the text is a rhetorical question. These are effective because they make the reader stop and consider the information in the text. They may also make the reader stop and consider what it would have been like to be in that position as either doctor or patient.
  • Question 38

What do you understand by the final two sentences of the text? 

Summarise their main points using your own words. 

[2]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A full mark answer would look something like this... The first sentence explains that language is complicated and ever-changing. The second sentence is suggesting that people in the future may discuss phrases and sayings used today and wonder why they were used.
  • Question 39

What does the word evolving mean, as used in the paragraph subtitled 'Break the ice'?

Explain in your own words what your understanding of this word is and how it supports the last two sentences.

[2]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A full mark answer would look something like this... The word evolving means changing and/or growing over time according to the environment. In this text, the word evolving is used to describe how language changes over time according to attitudes and events.
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