Year 6 Key Stage 2 SATs Are Changing: Here’s What Parents Need To Know

How are Year 6 SATs Changing?

The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 9 May 2016.

In Summer 2016, children in year 6 will take new SATs test which will no longer produce a level for each subject. Instead, children will be awarded a standardised mark where the score of 100 will represent the National Average. They will sit tests in:

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

These tests will be both set and marked externally. The only internal assessment will be writing where children will be marked upon a range of writing styles and genres carried out throughout the year.

In reading, children will sit one single paper where they will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test. The paper will be based on three different passages of text, each one gaining in difficulty. There will be a range of question types including short answer, labelling and open-ended questions.

The grammar, punctuation and spelling test will consist 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.

In maths, children will sit three different papers. There is no longer a mental maths test as this has been replaced by an arithmetic test. The arithmetic test lasts for 30 minutes and consists of a range of calculations involving all four rules of numbers, fractions, percentages and decimals. The other two papers last for 40 minutes each and involve questions covering the whole of the new mathematics curriculum. These questions are mainly worded problems and involve different areas of problem solving.

The results for KS2 SATs are sent into school in July 2016.

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