Events Calendar

Y6 SATs Week

Year 6 SATS take place during the week commencing 14-5-18

Assessment and Reporting

  • ‘Old’ national curriculum levels (e.g. Level 3, 4, 5) have now been abolished, as set out in the government guidelines.
  • From 2016, test scores have been reported as ‘scaled scores’.
  • Your child will still be taught with the highest expectations and cover all required elements of the curriculum, similar to previous years.
  • The new curriculum is more rigorous and sets high expectations for  all children.

Scaled Score Examples

On publication of the test results in July 2018.

  • A child awarded a scaled score of 100 is judged to have met the ‘national standard’ in the area judged by the test.
  • A child awarded a scaled score of more than 110 is judged to have exceeded the national standard and demonstrated a higher than expected knowledge of the curriculum for their age.
  • A child awarded a scaled score of less than 100 is judged to have not yet met the national standard and performed below expectation for their age.

The Tests

  • Key Stage 2 SATs take place nationally in the week commencing 14th May 2018
  • Statutory tests will be administered in the  following subjects:

Punctuation, Vocabulary and Grammar (45 minutes)

Spelling (approximately 15 minutes)

Reading (60 minutes)


– Paper 1: Arithmetic (30 minutes)

– Paper 2: Reasoning (40 minutes)

– Paper 3: Reasoning (40 minutes)

  • All tests are externally marked.

Writing will be ‘Teacher Assessed’ internally, as in recent years.

How to help your child

  • Support and reassure your child that there is nothing to worry about and they should always just try their best. Praise and encourage!
  • Ensure your child has the best possible attendance at school, this includes being punctual
  • Support your child with any homework tasks.
  • Reading, spelling and arithmetic (e.g. times tables) are always good to practise.
  • Talk to your child about what they have learnt at school and what book(s) they are reading (the character, the plot, their opinion).
  • Make sure your child has a good sleep and healthy breakfast every morning!  Year 6 Children are invited to come to breakfast club during SATS week, starting at 8am.

How to help with reading

  • Listening to your child read can take many forms.
  • Enjoy stories together – reading stories to your child at KS1 and KS2 is equally as important as listening to your child read.
  • Read a little at a time but often, rather than rarely but for long periods of time!
  • Talk about the story before, during and afterwards – discuss the plot, the characters, their feelings and actions, how it makes you feel, predict what will happen and encourage your child to have their own opinions.
  • Look up definitions of words together – you could use a dictionary, the internet or an app on a phone or tablet.
  • All reading is valuable – it doesn’t have to be just stories. Reading can involve anything from fiction and non-fiction, poetry, newspapers, magazines, football programmes, TV guides.


How to help with writing and spelling, punctuation and grammar

  • Practise and learn spelling lists – make it fun! – Ask in school if you would like a copy of our spelling lists.
  • Encourage opportunities for writing such as letters to family or friends, shopping lists, notes or reminders, stories or poems.
  • Write together – be a good role model for writing.
  • Encourage use of a dictionary to check spelling and a thesaurus to find synonyms and expand vocabulary
  • Remember that good readers become good writers! Identify good writing features when reading (e.g. vocabulary, sentence structure, punctuation).

How to help with maths

  • Play times tables games
  • Play mental maths games including counting in different amounts, forwards and backwards
  • Encourage opportunities for telling the time
  • Encourage opportunities for counting coins and money; finding amounts or calculating change when shopping
  • Look for numbers on street signs, car registrations and anywhere else!
  • Look for examples of 2D and 3D shapes around the home
  • Identify, weigh or measure quantities and amounts in the kitchen or in recipes
  • Play games involving numbers or logic, such as dominoes, card games, darts or chess