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Key Stage 2 SATs explained

It’s fast approaching that time of the year again when there is particular focus on primary schools across the country as the year 6 children get ready to sit their SATs. The format may have changed several times over the years but, in 2016 they were overhauled to be in line with the new national curriculum. A new marking and grading scheme replaced the old national curriculum levels which has sparked off plenty of media discussion around them being more rigorous than in previous years.


So what will your Year 6 child have to do?

All children are required to sit tests in reading, maths, spelling, punctuation and grammar. They are all marked externally and the results are sent back to the schools later in the Summer term. Parents are given these results alongside teacher assessments which give a broader picture of a child’s attainment for the end of key stage 2.

The SATs are all administered using the same timetable across every school in the country to ensure fairness – children who are absent on that day will need special arrangements with the school to re sit them.

Please be aware that it is essential that all children in year 6 attend school during this week so that they can complete the tests; this information is passed on to their respective secondary schools.

Monday 14th May 2018 – English grammar, punctuation and spelling paper 1 : questions

Monday 14th May 2018 – English grammar, punctuation and spelling paper 2 : spelling

Tuesday 15th May 2018 – English reading

Wednesday 16th May 2018 – Mathematics paper 1 : arithmetic

Wednesday 16th May 2018 – Mathematics paper 2 : reasoning

Thursday 17th May 2018 – Mathematics paper 3 : reasoning


Grammar, punctuation and spelling test

Paper 1 requires short answers and lasts 45 minutes.

Paper 2 is an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting 15 minutes.



The reading test lasts for one hour and asks questions around three reading texts to test for comprehension skills.



Paper 1 lasts 30 minutes and is testing the children’s calculation skills such as long multiplication and division.

Papers 2 and 3 are both 40 minutes long and require the children to use their reasoning skills to explain their approaches to solving problems.


Further information

Details will be sent home regarding arrangements for an early breakfast in school for year 6 pupils during this week.

Any further information can be found on the Government’s website, following the link below: