SATs Information

Year 6 SATs 2018

SATs Tests for Year 6 pupils will take place between Monday 14th May and Thursday 17th May 2018

In the summer term of 2018, children in Year 2 and Year 6 will take the SATs papers introduced in 2016. These tests in English and maths will reflect the new national curriculum, and are intended to be more rigorous. There will also be a completely new marking scheme to replace the existing national curriculum levels.

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 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.

Key Stage 2 Reading                                                        

The reading test will provisionally 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:

  • 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 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 KS2 SATs take place in 2018?

 The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 14th May 2018. 

The 2018 SATs schedule is as follows:

Monday 14 May 2018 English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling
Tuesday 15 May 2018 English reading
Wednesday 16 May 2018 Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
Thursday 17 May 2018 Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning

How will Key Stage 2 SATs be marked?

The old system of national curriculum levels is now no longer used, after the department of education abolished it in Summer 2015. Instead, children will be given scaled scores. You will be given your child’s score, alongside the average for their school, the local area and nationally. There will also be a ‘performance descriptor’ of the expected standard for Key Stage 2 pupils. The Department for Education is aiming for 85 per cent of children to reach or exceed that standard.

Special Arrangements 

We are able to make special arrangements for some pupils according to their ability. Occasionally, where additional time, reading support or a scribe is usual classroom practice, the school can apply for access arrangements to be made.


The school provides all equipment that the children need. 

Reporting to parents 

You will receive test results for your child in English reading, English grammar, punctuation and spelling and mathematics. There is no test for English writing; this will be reported using teacher assessment. You will also receive separate teacher assessment judgements for English reading, mathematics and science.

How is the school helping to prepare the children?

  • By practising key skills, which will prepare the children for the process of the tests.
  • By giving parents the information they need to help their child
  • By using revision materials – booklets, homework, BBC bitesize programmes
  • Through class lessons, making sure the children have covered all of the areas tested
  • Through offering booster clubs after school
  • Through tightly targeted, highly effective teaching

How can I help my child? 

  • Make sure you know what homework has been set and that it is done thoroughly
  • Don’t panic – don’t transfer your anxieties to your child
  • Purchasing revision materials/CD ROMs
  • Early nights and a ‘normal’ routine.

NB: if a child is unable to attend school either through illness or another reason accepted by the Board, it is the responsibility of the Head Teacher to make arrangements for children to take the tests off site under the same conditions. A responsible adult, unrelated to the child, may transport the papers and administer the tests. The head must be satisfied that no information has been given to the child, which would compromise the confidential nature of the tests.



Contact the School

Warmingham Primary School

School Lane,
Sandbach, CW11 3QN

Main Contact: Samantha Mellor - Headteacher

Tel: 01270 526260