Year 6 SATS in July 2018

Information for Parents and Carers

SATs Tests for Year 6 pupils will take place in the summer term again between Monday 14th May and Thursday, 17th May 2018 inclusive. Please note that the government expects all pupils to sit these examinations during this week in May in all primary schools so we are expecting all pupils to attend each of the days.



Parents' Information Evening

We will be holding a Parent Information Evening about the new SATs tests in the spring term. The meeting we held was to help you to  you to gain a greater understanding of the tests and also information on how to support your child best during this important part of their time in Year 6.


Standardised Attainment Tests (SATs)

In the summer term of 2018, children in Year 6 will again take tests in English and maths, this will reflect the new National Curriculum, and are intended to be more rigorous. These will use the new marking scheme that provides a scaled score based on age related expectations.

At the end of Year 6, children will sit tests in:

  • Reading

  • Maths

  • Grammar, punctuation and spelling



The exact timetable has not yet been ublished

A short description of each of the tests now follows.


Key Stage 2 Reading test

The reading test will provisionally be a single paper with questions based on one 800-word text and two passages of 300 words. 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 around 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)

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: mathematical fluency, solving problems and reasoning, 40 minutes per paper

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. 


Key Stage 2 Writing

Writing is 'teacher assessed' and not sent away for marking.  How your child has performed in writing will be reported to you at the end of the academic year.

Key Stage 2 Science Test

These are carried out every 2 years. 

How will Key Stage 2 SATs be marked?

The old system of National Curriculum Levels is now no longer used, after the Department for Education abolished it in Summer 2015. Instead, children will be given standardised scores. You will be given your child’s score, alongside the average for their school, the local area andnationally. There will also be a ‘performance descriptor’ of the expected standard for Key Stage 2 pupils.


Are there any sample papers?

Yes - the Government produced sample papers with mark schemes in June 2015. There are examples of some questions in the SATs presentation which you can download below.


Additional information for parents and carers


We have provided links below to information on the tests which you may find useful.  Please click on the blue titles below to view the information in question.

100 books to read before leaving primary school

In 2015/16 The Times Educational Supplement surveyed teachers on the 100 books they thought every child should ready before leaving primary school.  You can view the list here.  This list has been provided to help you guide pupils to books that provide examples of rich languages, help to develop empathy for a character or are 'classics' that every child should read.  Please note that the books are recommendations only.  

National Curriculum Spelling List

This is an appendix to the 2014 National Curriculum.  The spellings and spelling patterns expected of pupils in Years 5 and 6 (also called 'The Year 5/6 spelling list') are found on pages 18 to 23.

Information on the tests

Please click this link for a leaflet from the Standards and Testing Agency called 'Information for Parents: Results from the 2016 national curriculum assessments at the end of key stage 2'