Year 6 SATs

Statutory Assessment

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

These tests will be both set and marked externally. 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.

The following link will take you to a short video aimed at parents to give outline information about the new national curriculum tests for Key Stage 2.

The Reading Test

The reading test will 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:


The Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Tests

This 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:

The Maths test

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 the children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of questions types, including:

When will the SATs take place?

The year 6 SATS will be administered in May

How will the SATs be marked?

Children will be given a standardised score and we will tell you if it is below, at or above the national expectation. You will also be given the average for the school and nationally.

Are there any sample papers?

SATs online