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SATs preparation


At the end of 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 the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.


SATs Timetable 2019-2020


The key stage 2 tests are timetabled from Monday 11 May to Thursday 14 May 2020.

The actual dates of each test are yet to be confirmed but are likely to be as follows:


Monday 11 May 2020                    English grammar, punctuation spelling papers 1 and 2

Tuesday 12 May 2020                   Reading paper

Wednesday 13 May 2020            Maths paper 1: arithmetic & Maths paper 2: reasoning

Thursday 14 May 2020                  Maths paper 3


Key Stage 2 Reading


The reading test will be a single paper with questions based on three passages of 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 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
  • Papers 2 and 3: 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



How will Key Stage 2 SATs be marked?

Children will be given scaled scores which represent their marks in the test. You will be given your child’s raw score (the actual number of marks they get), alongside their scaled score and whether they have reached the national average. The score needed to reach the national average has yet to be announced.  Further details of this will be included within our end of year 6 reports alongside your child's results. 

Here you will find some useful links and resources to help you with your preparation for SATs.

Also, if you find anything useful, email us and we will post your findings here (including any apps that may be useful!)