Year 6 SATs information
KS2 SATs 2023 Dates – SATs Week 2023
- Monday 8 May 2023: This would normally be the SPAG test, however this is now a Bank Holiday. We will update this as soon as the DfE have set a new date.
Spelling, punctuation and grammar (Grammar/Punctuation Test) – 45 minutes.
- Monday 8 May 2023: Spelling, punctuation and grammar (Spelling Test) – 20 minutes
- Tuesday 9 May 2023: Reading Test – 60 minutes
- Wednesday 10 May 2023: Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic) – 30 minutes
- Wednesday 10 May 2023: Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning) – 40 minutes
- Thursday 11 May 2023: Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning) – 40 minutes
These tests are both set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). 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 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.’
Key Stage 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test
The grammar, punctuation and spelling 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 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 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
Assessment and reporting:
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 expected standard set by the Department for Education.
The range of scaled scores available for each KS2 test is:
- 80 (the lowest scaled score that can be awarded)
- 80-99- working below the national expected standard
- 100- 110 working at the expected standard
- 111-120 suggests working at a greater depth
The expected standard for each test is a scaled score of 100 or more. If a child is awarded a scaled score of 99 or less they won't have achieved the expected standard in the test.
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