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Year 6 SATs

Information for parents/carers

In May 2022, your Year 6 child will sit their national SATs assessments. Recently, we have undertaken a mock SATs week and it is fantastic to see the positive progress and outcomes pupils are achieving and continue to work towards. Year 6 SATs are a crucial part of primary school and have provided information below for parents.


What are SATs?

These assessments test pupils' knowledge from across KS2. These are externally marked tests and this information is passed on to pupils' secondary schools. Pupils will complete SATs tests in small groups throughout the national days below.


When are the SATs?

All Year 6 pupils in England will sit their SATs in w/c Monday 9th May.

Date Assessment
Monday 9th May Spelling, punctuation and grammar
Tuesday 10th May Reading
Wednesday 11th May Maths
Thursday 12th May Maths

During this week, we will be offering a SATs Breakfast Boost for all our Year 6 pupils and will provide further information nearer the time.


What is tested in each assessment?

More information about reading

The reading test is 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.’

More information about spelling, punctuation and grammar

Usually, the GPS test consists 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 GPS test includes 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.’

More information about maths

Children 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 can I help my child succeed?

There are three main ways you can help your child success in their KS2 SATs:

  • Attendance - ensuring your child attends school and is punctual is crucial to success; our teachers carefully plan sessions to address pupils' gaps in knowledge, provide further challenge and revisit key knowledge.
  • Boosters - all Year 6 pupils will receive information regarding a one-hour booster session, planned for one day after school each week in the run up to SATs.
  • Revision - below, there are revision materials available to support pupils in revisiting knowledge and practising key skills.


Over the coming few months, we look forward to seeing your child's progress continue and thank you for your support in making sure your child has every chance of success in these assessments.

If you have any further questions, please contact your child's class teacher via Main Reception (01302) 70033.


Information for pupils



Visit the website below. Click the arithmetic question you feel you need to practise further. On each page, there is a video explaining each one and practice questions.


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