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Year 6 SATs information

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In the summer term of 2017, children in Year 2 and Year 6 will take the new style SATs papers first introduced in 2016. These tests in English and maths will reflect the new national curriculum, and are intended to be more rigorous then previous SATs tests. 

From 8th May until 11th May Year 6 children will sit tests in:

    • Reading 
    • Maths 
    • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

These tests will be both set and marked externally, and the results will be used to measure your child's progress and the school's performance. Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.

Watch the following video for information on the format of the tests Year 6 will be taking:


Key Stage 2 Reading

The reading test will be a single paper with questions based on three separate texts. These will include fiction and non-fiction texts and possibly a poetry text. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.

There will be 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 grammar, punctuation and spelling test

The grammar, punctuation and spelling test will consist of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting 15 minutes.

The grammar and punctuation test will include 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 Stage 2 maths

Children will sit three papers in maths:

    • Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes (written)
    • Papers 2 and 3: mathematical fluency, solving problems and reasoning, 40 minutes per paper 

Paper 1 will consist 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:

    • Multiple choice 
    • 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.

When will KS2 SATs take place in 2017?

The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 8th May 2016. 

The reading test will be on Monday 8th May at 9:30

The English GPS test on Tuesday 9th May at 9:15

The spelling test on Tuesday 9th May at 10:15

The maths arithmetic (paper 1) on Wednesday 10th May at 9:30

The maths reasoning (paper 2) on Wednesday 10th May at 10:40

he maths reasoning (paper 3) on Thursday 11th May at 9:30


Are there any sample papers?

Yes - The Government produced sample papers with mark schemes in June 2015. You can have a look at them by clicking here.


Year 6 Parent's information evening