Due to the new primary curriculum, KS2 SATs changed in 2016. There is a completely new marking scheme to replace the old national curriculum levels.

When will the KS2 SATS take place?

The Year 6 KS2 SATS are administered the second week of each May..

What tests will my child sit?



Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG)

How are the tests marked?

The previous national curriculum levels have been scrapped and instead children will be given scaled scores. 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 read the national average has yet to be announced.

These tests will be both set and marked externally.

KS2 Reading Test

This 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 article.’
Labelling e.g. ‘Label the text to show the titles of the article.’
Find and copy e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the temperature is like in the Greece.’
Short constructed response e.g. ‘What does the elephant eat?’
Open-ended response e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins In the evening. How does the writer increase the tension through the paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’


This test will consist of two parts:

A grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers (45 minutes)
A spelling test of 20 words (15 minutes)

The grammar and punctuation test will include two sub-types of questions:

Selected response e.g. ‘Identify the adverbs in the sentence below.’
Constructed response e.g. ‘Rewrite the sentence below using the correct punctuation.’

KS2 Maths Test

This involves three papers:

Paper 1: arithmetic (30 minutes)
Paper 2 and 3: reasoning (40 minutes per paper)

Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where your child will have to give the correct answer to the calculation, including long multiplication and division. E.g.       2387 + 765     13.45 x 5     20% of 560

Paper 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 to solving a problem.

KS2 Science Test

Not all children in Year 6 will take a Science test. However, a number of schools will be required to take part in science sampling: a test administered to a selected sample of children thought to be representative of the population as a whole.

For those who are selected, there will be three papers:

Biology (25 minutes)
Chemistry (25 minutes)
Physics (25 minutes)

Click the links below for parent SAT’s guides.

Parent Guide – Reading

Parent Guide – Maths

Parent Guide – SPaG

If you require any further information or you have any questions about SATs week please do not hesitate to speak to the Year 6 Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher Mr A Rogers.