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SATs for Year 6

10 May 2018

The SATs take place next week (Monday 14th-Thursday 17th May 2018).
Date Morning
Monday 14th May English: grammar, punctuation and vocabulary (45 min)
Spelling test (30 min)
Tuesday 15th May English: reading assessment (1 hour)
Wednesday 16th May Mathematics: arithmetic (30 min)
Mathematics: reasoning 1 (40 min)
Thursday 17th May Mathematics: reasoning 2 (40 min)
There are three tests altogether, covering the various areas of English and Mathematics. See below for more information on these tests.

The Mathematics test
There are three papers in the mathematics test for Year 6.
  • Paper 1 – Arithmetic (30 minutes)
  • Papers 2 & 3 – Mathematical Reasoning (40 minutes each)
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, where you have to give the answer to a calculation, draw a shape or complete a table or chart
  • Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem.
The English tests
There are two tests for English: Reading; and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS).
The reading test has one paper and the grammar, punctuation and spelling test has two papers.
  • Paper 1 – Reading test (60 minutes)
  • Paper 1 – Grammar, punctuation and vocabulary (45 minutes)
  • Paper 2 – Spelling test (15 minutes)

Before the assessments
  • Make sure your child goes to bed at a reasonable time the night before each assessment.
  • Getting up at a good time and having a healthy breakfast of cereal or fruit will make sure your child is well prepared for the assessment.
  • Don’t forget that we will be running a Breakfast Club for the Year 6s every morning of the SATS from 8.20am.
  • We recommend that all children attend if possible as it is a chance to talk to their friends and relax before the assessments. 
​​Please remind your child not to worry about the assessments; they are an excellent opportunity to show their teachers everything they have learnt.

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