Key Stage 2 SATs

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Year 6 SATs
In the summer term, children in Year 6 undertake their SATs. These tests in English and maths reflect the new national curriculum.

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

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar
    These tests are set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure your child's progress and the school's performance.

    Key Stage 2 READING
    The reading test is 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
    The grammar, punctuation and spelling test will consist of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and a 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)
    • 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 the Keys Stage 2 SATs take place?
    The Year 6 KS2 SATs are administered during one fixed timetabled week in May each year.

    How will the Key Stage 2 SATs be marked?
    The children's raw scores are converted into Scaled Scores. A scaled score of at least 100 means your child has met the National Standard. You will be given your child's score, alongside the average for their school, the local area and nationally.