Year 6 SAT’s changes and revision

Key Stage 2 SATs Changes

The Tests

Key Stage 2 SATs take place nationally in the week commencing 8th May 2017

  • Statutory tests will be administered in the following subjects:
  • Reading (60 minutes)
  • Spelling (approximately 15 minutes)
  • Punctuation, Vocabulary and Grammar (45 minutes)
  • Mathematics
    • Paper 1: Arithmetic (30 minutes)
    • Paper 2: Reasoning (40 minutes)
    • Paper 3: Reasoning (40 minutes)
  • In addition, some schools will be required to take part in Science testing, consisting of three tests in Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Not all schools will take part in this sampling, which takes place on a later date.
  • All tests are externally marked.
  • Writing will be ‘Teacher Assessed’ internally, as in recent years.


  • The Reading Test consists of a single test paper with three unrelated reading texts.
  • Children are given 60 minutes in total, which includes reading the texts and answering the questions.
  • A total of 50 marks are available.
  • Questions are designed to assess the comprehension and understanding of a child’s reading.
  • Some questions are multiple choice or selected response, others require short answers and some require an extended response or explanation.

 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

  • A Spelling test is administered containing 20 words, lasting approximately 15 minutes.
  • A separate test is given on Punctuation, Vocabulary and Grammar.
  • This test lasts for 45 minutes and requires short answer questions, including some multiple choice.

Marks for these two tests are added together to give a total for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.


  • The Mathematics tests have undergone the biggest change this year.
  • Children will sit three tests: Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3.
  • Paper 1 is for ‘Arithmetic’ lasting for 30 minutes, covering calculation methods for all operations, including use of fractions, percentages and decimals.
  • Questions gradually increase in difficulty. Not all children will be expected to access some of the more difficult questions later in the paper.
  • Papers 2 and 3 cover ‘Problem Solving and Reasoning’, each lasting for 40 minutes.
  • Pupils will still require calculation skills but will need to answer questions in context and decide what is required to find a solution.
Key Dates for Your Diary
Monday 8 May English reading test
Tuesday 9 May English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Paper 1: Spelling

Paper 2: English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling questions

Wednesday 10 May Mathematics:

Paper 1: Arithmetic; Mathematics

Paper 2: Reasoning

Thursday 11 May Mathematics Paper 3: Reasoning

 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 will be reported as ‘scaled scores’.
  • This means it is very difficult to compare the assessment of a previous year with the current year.
  • 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 which all schools have had to work hard to meet since the beginning of last year.

Scaled Scores

  • What is meant by ‘scaled scores’?
  • It is planned that 100 will always represent the ‘national standard’.
  • Each pupil’s raw test score will therefore be converted into a score on the scale, either at, above or below 100.
  • The scale will have a lower end point somewhere below 100 and an upper end point above 100.
  • A child who achieves the ‘national standard’ (a score of 100) will be judged to have demonstrated sufficient knowledge in the areas assessed by the tests.
  • In July 2016 for the first publication of test results, each pupil will receive:
  • A raw score (number of raw marks awarded).
  • A scaled score in each tested subject.
  • Confirmation of whether or not they attained the national standard

Examples of Scaled Scores

 On publication of the test results in July 2016:

  • 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 100 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.


 Try these Tips at home for a Stress free approach to revision

  • First and foremost 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.
  • 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!
  • Schedule time help your child revise by rearranging your family’s time and usual priorities around their work.
  • Stay positive help them to plan their time or to get the help they need.
  • Create the right environment make sure there is a place where they can concentrate. Younger siblings need to understand that they mustn’t interrupt revision. The TV and music shouldn’t be too loud. Remember though that some children actually study better with background music or noise.
  • Kit them out give practical help, such as buying the correct equipment – pens, compasses or highlighters. This takes away the last minute stress of not being prepared, too.
  • Plan treats suggest a family treat each week or at the end of the tests to give your child something to look forward to. Let them choose what they would like.
  • Make time for fun remember to still have a laugh together.
  • Try to encourage your child to have set periods of time for revision get them to set a timer on a phone or a kitchen timer and encourage them to have a short break every 30 minutes.
  • Revise with friends this might allow them to share ideas. Booster sessions at the school focus on key areas for the exams and allow pupils to share ideas with each other.
  • Use practice test papers with them this will allow them to apply their skills and know which questions they need to focus on. If they can do them under timed conditions, this will help them to be more prepared for the real thing.

KS2 maths SAT’s  support materials. 

The links below will take you to maths support materials, showing previous SAT’s questions and the calculation methods and strategies to solve these problems.

Mr Hammond’s Year 6 Maths – SATs Revision

Maths SATs 2016 powerpoint


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